Readers' Choice Awards '08: IT Security Products of the Year


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IPsec and SSL VPN products


Juniper Networks Secure Access

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Juniper Networks earned the gold for its Secure Access SSL VPN, with readers giving it high marks for ease of use, compatibility with other security tools and vendor support. Juniper says its SSL VPN security products have a variety of form factors and features that can be combined to meet the needs of companies of all sizes, from SMBs that need VPN access for remote/mobile employees, to large global deployments for secure remote and/or extranet access.

The technology is based on the Instant Virtual Extranet (IVE) platform, which uses SSL, the security protocol found in all standard Web browsers. The use of SSL eliminates the need for client-software deployment, changes to internal servers and costly ongoing maintenance and desktop support, Juniper says. For big global enterprises, Juniper recommends its Secure Access 6000 SSL VPN appliance. Features of this product include built-in SSL acceleration and compression for all traffic types, redundant and/or hot swappable hard disks, power supplies and fans, and dynamic access privilege management with three access methods.

NOTABLE Forrester Research says Juniper Networks maintains its SSL VPN leadership thanks to its superior reverse proxy technology and focus on secure mobility.


Cisco VPN Concentrator Series
Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems' VPN Concentrator Series finished a close second in this category. Readers praised its flexible, reliable and high-performance remote-access features. Cisco consistently scored well for its authentication support, end user transparency and ease of use, investment ROI and extensibility. The Cisco VPN 3000 Series offers both IPsec and SSL VPN connectivity on a single platform, and is available both in both redundant and nonredundant configurations.

One of its biggest selling points has been that it's easy to deploy, featuring an integrated Web-based management system with an interface for configuring and monitoring remote users. It is also considered one of the more affordable products around, with no added licensing costs for special features. Cisco has also touted the fact that it offers extensive application support through its dynamically downloaded SSL VPN client for WebVPN, enabling network-layer connectivity to virtually any application.

A primary component of Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator Software v4.7 is the Cisco Secure Desktop, which offers pre-connection security posture assessment.

NOTABLE Cisco announced in February 2007 end of life for the VPN 3000 Concentrator.

This was first published in April 2008

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