SSL to be one of 2004s bright spots

Friday, 23 January 2004, 2:04 PM EST

Adoption of virtual private networks (VPNs) based on the browser-based SSL technology is shaping up to be one of the key trends of 2004, especially as enterprises mobilize their workforces.

SSL allows for secure access to corporate networks from virtually any browser and so provides flexibility for roaming workers with laptops or smartphones, as well as simple mechanisms that reduce support costs.

This week, two security companies, NetScreen and F5, said that their first quarter revenues had been boosted by their acquisitions last year of SSL specialists, whose products have been added to their more traditional IPsec VPNs and firewalls. The main demand is coming from companies with large mobile workforces, said F5.

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