Q&A On SSL VPNs, Part One: Rainer Enders

by VPNHaus | 02/05/2013

This is part one in our Q&A series on SSL VPNs.

Q: When SSL VPN followed IPsec VPN into the world of remote access, what was its initial purpose? How did it differentiate?

When SSL was initially introduced, it was considered a client-less technology. The terminology "client-less" was created to differentiate from the IPsec client-centric approach. Obviously, SSL VPN is not client-less, as a client is still involved and is typically in the form of a web browser. Therefore, the key differentiator between the two approaches is that the SSL VPN client comes pre-installed on all OS platforms in the form of the browser, whereas IPsec VPN is separate software that, in many cases, must be installed.

Q: When should companies use a browser-based SSL VPN for secure remote access? How does this differ from applications of a Thin Client SSL VPN?

Rainer Enders is CTO, Americas, at NCP engineering.

Stay tuned for more expert insight on SSL VPNs later this week from Joerg Hirschmann, CTO at NCP engineering GmbH.