Test your knowledge of IPsec with these trivia questions. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the correct answers. If you get them all right, you can call yourself an Infosec Know IT All!
1.) IPsec provides two choices of security service. What are they?
a. network and application layers
b. virtual private networks and routers
c. packet and circuit-switched
d. authentication header and encapsulating security payload
2.) True or False: The push for Internet Protocol Version 6 to become standard will be based on IP address space reasons, as opposed to security ones.
3.) Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) allows for…
a. authentication of the sender of data
b. encryption of the data
c. both authentication of the sender and encryption of the data
d. none of the above
4.) What type of algorithm is recommended for encrypting IP?
a. stream cipher
b. block cipher
d. any of the above
5.) IPsec uses Internet Key Exchange (IKE). What kind of authentication does IKE use?
a. Mutual authentication between peer security gateways, based on pre-shared secrets or public keys.
b. Two-factor authentication, based on a hardware or software token.
c. Neither of the above.
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1.) d. authentication header and encapsulating security payload
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3.) c. both authentication of the sender and encryption of the data
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5.) a. Mutual authentication between peer security gateways, based on pre-shared secrets or public keys.
For more information on authentication, read the WhatIs definition.
This was first published in December 2003