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An Introduction to SSL VPNs

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a cost effective method of allowing employees and others telecommute or access company network resources away from the network. Securing a VPN with SSL allows all the data to remain private and secure.

The easiest way to establish an SSL VPN is to use an SSL VPN appliance such as one from Array Networks, Juniper Networks and SonicWALL. This removes the need to manage software licenses. Government Computer News has reviewed several SSL VPN devices and gives a more detailed explanation of how they work:

We received SSL VPN appliances from Array Networks, Juniper Networks and SonicWALL. They ranged from inexpensive, low-bandwidth, workgroup devices to powerful multienterprise managed appliances. We set up each of them in turn on our test bed network and ran them through normal configuration and maintenance routines, such as incorporating new SSL certificates.
Secure Sockets Layer VPNs deliver clear connections from the road - [Government Computer News]

Originally posted on Wed Jul 25, 2007
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