Credential (Definition)

A Credential is something used to authenticate a user's identity. The user possesses the Credential and controls its use through one or other authentication protocols. A Credential may incorporate a password, a cryptographic key or other form of secret. The credential may be a physical device such as a one-time-password device, a smart card, a code book, or a logical device, as in the case of a password, the user's knowledge of the secret.


Last Reviewed: 24 January 2018

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