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Increase Productivity and Ensure Security with SSL VPNs

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					Increase Productivity and Ensure Security with SSL VPNs

In today’s business environment, where consumerization of IT has resulted in the popularity of the
concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), employees, partners, customers, contractors and guests
want remote access to business applications anywhere at any time. Though ensuring remote access
helps enterprises to increase productivity, it is highly necessary that enterprises make sure that
security and compliance are equally maintained. With security breaches being a serious issue,
enterprises must ensure secure remote access so that authorized personnel can quickly access the
resources and applications without compromising on security. That is where Virtual Private Networks
(VPNs) come useful.

A VPN is defined as “a network that uses a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the
Internet, to provide remote offices or individual users with secure access to their organization's
network.” Simply put, VPNs allow organizations to send and receive data across shared or public
networks by creating a private or secure network over the public network. That means with VPN,
public networks get all the functionalities, security and management policies of the private network
but at a much lower cost.

Traditional VPNs rely on IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) to establish a secure tunnel between the
two endpoints. However, today mostly SSL VPNs (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Networks) are
used. This is because apart from offering versatility and ease of use, SSL VPN does not require the
installation of specialized client software on the end user's computer. The versatility and granular
control for a range of users from any Bring Your Own Device - BYOD and any location is what SSL VPN
offers the clientele.

Here is a look at some of the benefits of using a best of breed SSL VPN solution.

       Anytime, anywhere browser-based secure remote desktop access, enables increased
        productivity for employees, partners, tenants, customers, contractors and guests
       Up to 3.2 Gbps throughput, 128,000 concurrent users and 500,000 users on a single access
        gateway appliance for maintaining security and driving productivity at scale
       256 virtual SSL VPN portals on a single appliance, customizable to the security and usability
        preferences of multiple tenants and communities of interest
       Per-user policy engine for identity-based access to URLs, files, networks and applications
       Controlled access from managed and un-managed devices including desktops, laptops, tablets
        and smart phones
       Cross-platform support for a range of operating systems and browsers
       Range of access methods including Web, Layer-3 and client-server connectivity
       High-performance 1024, 2048 and 4096-bit SSL encrypted communications
       Endpoint security including host-checking, cache cleaning and adaptive policies
       Supports a range of AAA and dual-factor authentication schemes
       No pre-installed clients; eliminates firewall and network traversal issues common to traditional
        VPNs
       Familiar CLI and WebUI for ease of configuration and management

Thus, SSL VPN offers greater levels of security, a greater range of access methods, a broader range of
device support and the ability to provide differentiated, identity-based access tailored to the needs of
multiple communities of interest.

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Description: In today’s business environment, where consumerization of IT has resulted in the popularity of the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), employees, partners, customers, contractors and guests want remote access to business applications anywhere at any time.