Crash Course: SSL VPNs

A growing number of companies see SSL VPNs as a simpler, cheaper way to give mobile workers remote access to corporate data. Find out if one is right for your network.

A growing number of companies see SSL VPNs as a simpler, cheaper way to give mobile workers remote access to corporate data. Find out if one is right for your network.

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SSL: A quick primer
A look under the hood of SSL.

Mini-tutorial: SSL VPNs
If you use SSL, it's important that you have a basic understanding of the protocol's capabilities and its common uses.

The promise of application-aware SSL VPNs
Application-aware SSL VPNs mitigate the risks of SSL VPNs while harnessing the benefits.

Choose the best SSL product for remote access
Learn what to look for when evaluating SSL-based products to secure remote access for road warriors or teleworkers.

Client-side security considerations for SSL VPNs
Clientless SSL VPNs may be attractive for their lack of software, but they still require client-side security measures.

SSL VPNs and client-application authentication
Network security expert Lisa Phifer addresses the impact of SSL VPNs on client-application authentication.

Read more SSL VPN-related tips here.

ASK THE EXPERTS

Where can I find good resources on SSL VPNs?
Expert response: SSL, and its IETF standard sibling, TLS, are well-documented in RFCs and books...

What about using SSL VPN with e-mail clients?
Expert response: Different SSL VPN products work in different ways. Some SSL VPN products proxy incoming SSL sessions to native protocol sessions with...

Ask our experts your SSL VPN-related questions and view previously answered Q&As.

This was first published in February 2004

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