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