Friday, May 11, 2007

The Process of Accountability

One important purpose of security is to be able to hold people accountable for the activities that their online personas (i.e., their user accounts) perform within the digital world of the computer network. The first step in this process is identifying the subject. In fact, there are several steps leading up to being able to hold a person accountable for online actions: identification, authentication, authorization, auditing, and accountability.