Identification and authentication help secure a digital framework’s perimeter as the first line of defense. Identification involves attributing each user’s unique identity to use an application’s services. On the other hand, an authentication mechanism validates a user session’s legitimacy based on assigned identities and access credentials.
Identification and authentication failures occur when the application fails to correctly implement functions associated with the user’s identity, authenticity, and session management. Such failures often lead to persistent system-level threats exploited by malicious actors to assume a user’s identity, data theft, or an entire system compromise.
This post discusses identification and authentication failures, their types, inherent vulnerabilities that cause such failures, and prevention measures.