Digital Certificate Operation in a Complex Environment

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Identification Associating an identity with a subject (e.g. a network ID with a request). The entity only needs to be identified later (e.g. to send a network packet to it). This means that 'who' or 'what' comprises the identity is not important (merely that the packet was delivered correctly).
Often, identification is taken to mean "Identification+Authentication" (and vice versa: "Authentication=Identification+Authentication"), but strictly these are two separate concepts.
See our primer document for more background on identification and authentication.
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