Is SSL security over-hyped?

Thursday, 15 January 2004, 7:23 PM EST

At the start of the year I wrote about the benefits of web-based alternatives to the traditional virtual private network (VPN), and how they would use the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to handle the necessary encryption.

Since then, it seems, the world has gone SSL mad, and many analysts predict exponential growth, the like of which we've not seen since before the dot-com crash.

In its World SSL VPN Products Market report, analyst firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts sales of just under $90m (£52m) this year, rising to $1bn (£660m) by the end of 2008.

The lion's share of the anticipated demand is likely to come from the US due to recent laws to tighten up security in industries such as finance and healthcare. But SSL is grabbing attention in other countries too, and lots of firms are keen to get on the bandwagon.

By Alan Stevens at NetworkITWeek.

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