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SSL VPNs (2007)

SSL VPNs (2007)

Being almost immune to blocking has given these solutions the edge over their IPSec-based counterparts when it comes to providing secure access for remote workers. Justin Peltier reports
Oct 16 2007 11:24AM
Review: Multi Network Firewall 2

Review: Multi Network Firewall 2

Mandriva's Multi Network Firewall 2 uses the open source OpenVPN and takes some of the difficulty out of using this approach. We found that the web interface helps make simple steps of creating users and user certificates, which streamlines the process immensely. We liked the organized web interface and found it easy to use.
Dec 18 2006 12:00AM
Review: Nortel VPN Gateway 3050

Review: Nortel VPN Gateway 3050

Setting up this product is not a simple task. Most of the setup is done via the command line, but the documentation does not help guide through this process very well. We found ourselves looking through different guides trying to locate configuration information. The absence of a quickstart card or a getting started guide makes this task even more difficult.
Dec 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: SonicWall SSL VPN 2000

Review: SonicWall SSL VPN 2000

Once the interfaces are configured for the network in a quick and easy setup process, the SonicWall appliance is administrated via the web interface. This interface starts with the system dashboard, which shows all system information in a user-friendly layout. The web interface organises all tasks on the left side of the screen in several tabs.
Oct 1 2006 12:00AM
SSL VPNs 2006

SSL VPNs 2006

Easy to deploy and simple to use, these browser-based virtual private networks are ideal to ensure a moderate level of security for a large or uncontrollable community of users. Peter Stephenson reports.

Oct 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: webNetwork

Review: webNetwork

Although this product is easy to use, it requires a lot of configuration. The main program is set up on a server via a simple-to-use wizard. Once installed, its interface is organized with a clumsy tree menu to the left and a configuration menu on the right. The menus can be confusing and awkward to work with.
Oct 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: AEP Netilla Security Platform

Review: AEP Netilla Security Platform

We found this product to be simple to set up and use. The initial configuration is done via a serial connection, using the command line. This includes choosing the device's network and name settings. Once the device has an internet provider, it can then be administrated via the web interface. The web GUI is simple and stripped down, consisting of a main tree menu on the left and a display window on the right. The menu is easy to navigate and quite intuitive.
Oct 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Aventail ST2

Review: Aventail ST2

Setup for the Aventail ST2 is simple. You just have to configure the interface through a console connection and you can access the web-based setup wizard. This is easy to follow and guides you through the creation of the administrator account.
Oct 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Connectra

Review: Connectra

Check Point's appliance allows for both web- and network-based SSL connections via a web browser. It allows users to access information through its own, customisable web portal. The range of applications users can access include web-based applications and resources, shared files and email. The Connectra also incorporates its own intrusion prevention system, which provides extra security.
Oct 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: AEP Netilla Security Platform B-Class

Review: AEP Netilla Security Platform B-Class

We were interested to see how the AEP Netilla Security Platform would shape up, following this year's merger of AEP and Netilla.

Oct 3 2005 12:00AM
Review: Array SPX 5000

Review: Array SPX 5000

Array’s SPX5000 is a fully-featured appliance, with a superb set of VPN features. But it took some time to establish that, as the setup process was challenging. It started with a CLI network setup, complete with out-of-date documentation.

Oct 3 2005 12:00AM
Review: Aventail Smart SSL VPN

Review: Aventail Smart SSL VPN

Aventail has one of the best-organized web management GUIs we have used. A startup wizard got us going via the console port, although there was a brief delay when the documentation left the ‘s’ out of https, leaving us unable to connect.
Oct 3 2005 12:00AM
Review: Base5

Review: Base5

Permeo’s Base5 is a RedHat-based solution that turns a standard server into an SSL VPN. Obviously, this means you need to supply your own server, and you will need to check the hardware support – our first attempt to install the software crashed anaconda (RedHat’s installer) in its usual ugly way.
Oct 3 2005 12:00AM
Review: Nokia Secure Access System

Review: Nokia Secure Access System

This is not actually an SSL VPN, but a network security platform (IP300) on which you can then run other services – like an SSL VPN.
Oct 3 2005 12:00AM
Review: PortWise SSL VPN

Review: PortWise SSL VPN

PortWise 4.0 is a software solution, although we received it preconfigured on a Sun V20z running RedHat ES. We might have been better off setting it up ourselves: we had to log in to a root shell to get the network configured, and while the documentation is great for setting up actual SSL VPN services, it was not much use at the outset.
Oct 3 2005 12:00AM
SSL VPNs (2005)

SSL VPNs (2005)

Not long ago, these products were geared to extending specific applications to an enterprise's remote users. But Jon Tullett is pleasantly surprised at how vendors have rounded out their offerings
Sep 23 2005 12:00AM
The myth of clientless VPNs

The myth of clientless VPNs

Providing remote access to business critical applications and information is no longer optional – it’s a ‘must have’ for today’s extended enterprise. Employees are more mobile, telecommuting continues to escalate, and partners play an increasingly important role in business processes. More so than ever before, companies require secure, anywhere access to internal applications, real-time information distribution and interactive collaboration.
Dec 15 2004 12:27PM
VPNs set the market on fire

VPNs set the market on fire

The firewall and VPN business will be worth $843 million by the end of next year, according to a new survey. With hardware and software revenue increasing by 2 percent through 2004, projected figures for 2005 suggest growth will increase to 16 percent.
Dec 6 2004 3:45PM
IPsec and SSL VPNs are able to co-exist

IPsec and SSL VPNs are able to co-exist

The combined weight of many marketing machines is trying to persuade us that SSL VPNs will soon replace the old methods of encrypting data, but Mike Smart believes there is still an argument for traditional IPsec VPNs
Nov 12 2004 5:20PM
IPsec VPNs (2004)

IPsec VPNs (2004)

There are still those that prefer IPsec VPNs over their close cousin the SSL VPNs. Ian Parsons tries out a series of products to see if there is still life left in them
Nov 4 2004 12:00AM

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