SSL vs. IPsec: which is right for your VPN?

Monday, 23 February 2004, 3:30 AM EST

Today, more and more organizations are using VPNs as a low-cost means of providing remote users secure access to corporate networks. VPNs provide leased line security using the inexpensive public Internet. VPNs maintain their high degree of security by using special encryption, authentication, and/or encapsulation techniques.

IT managers essentially have two choices when it comes to VPN technology: They can either deploy IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) clients on notebooks, desktops, and mobile devices, or they can choose an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) solution that lets companies take advantage of pre-existing technologies, as it utilizes the encryption capabilities already built in to all contemporary Web browsers. Both solutions have their pros and cons, so selecting the best one for your needs can be confusing. Before deciding which one is right for your organization, it’s important to understand how both technologies work to secure a VPN.

By Douglas Schweitzer at Processor.

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