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August 2003

VPN fast facts: True or false?

SSL VPNs are inherently less secure than IPSec VPNs.  False. While they differ architecturally, both VPNs can be deployed securely -- or poorly. Security builds upon standards and products that implement them, but ultimately depends upon appropriate deployment and sound policy definition. Also see Read Lisa Phifer's cover story: Tunnel vision: Choosing a VPN -- SSL VPNs vs. IPSec VPNs SSL VPNs can be used anywhere that IPSec VPNs can be used.  False. IPSec is generally considered a better solution for site-to-site VPNs, where it better satisfies broad application needs and performance demands. SSL is better suited in scenarios where VPN administrators have no control over client software installation, such as extranet collaboratives or nonwork computers (kiosks and homes). SSL VPNs are suitable for enterprise-class deployment.  True. Some SSL VPN gateways are designed for large-scale deployment. They support high user volume, encryption via hardware acceleration and redundancy through failover and load balancing. Many argue that...

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