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ALSO CALLED: Secure Socket Layer, Secure Sockets Layer
DEFINITION: The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a commonly-used protocol for managing the security of a message transmission on the Internet. SSL has recently been succeeded by Transport Layer Security (TLS), which is based on SSL. SSL uses a program layer located between the Internet's Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Transport Control Protocol (TCP) layers. SSL is included as part of both the Microsoft  … 
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Encrypted Traffic Management for Dummies
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: In this e-book, you'll learn everything you need to know about keeping SSL-encrypted traffic both private and secure.
Posted: 11 Sep 2015 | Published: 11 Sep 2015

Blue Coat Systems

Network Encryption and its Impact on Enterprise Security
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores why SSL/TSL decryption and inspection methodologies are being abandoned in favor of more strategic approaches. View now to learn the three crucial characteristics of and how to improve the resiliency and performance of your network security strategy.
Posted: 06 Apr 2015 | Published: 11 Feb 2015

Blue Coat Systems

SSL Accerleration Checklist
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: This white paper shows you how you can achieve a balance of performance, security and privacy with your SSL encrypted applications. Access now to gain control over your WAN links, accelerating good data and denying bad, regardless of SSL encryption.
Posted: 06 Apr 2015 | Published: 09 Oct 2013

Blue Coat Systems

Application Delivery as an Infrastructure Service
sponsored by Array Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses a solution for IaaS providers to use in order to expand their load balancing services.
Posted: 26 Jan 2015 | Published: 01 Sep 2014

Array Networks

SSL Offloading and Acceleration in Virtualized Environments
sponsored by Array Networks
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to find out how you can offload SSL encryption from virtual servers and virtual load balancers to efficiently achieve high levels of performance and scalability in cloud and virtualized environments.
Posted: 26 Jan 2015 | Published: 26 Jan 2015

Array Networks

Five Ways Network Virtualization Will Revolutionize IT
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: Discover how Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will revolutionize IT and change the way you think about network connectivity, and perhaps even application development.
Posted: 10 Nov 2014 | Published: 10 Nov 2014

Global Knowledge

Uncover Threats in Network Traffic: The Ultimate Guide to SSL Inspection
sponsored by A10 Networks
WHITE PAPER: Don't let hackers evade your network defenses through encrypted traffic. Access this resource and learn ways to gain insight into encrypted data by decrypting inbound and outbound SSL traffic.
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 | Published: 30 Oct 2015

A10 Networks

SSL/TLS Visibility: Determining Your Network Security Blind Spot Cost
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: This white paper will assist you in calculating the cost of leaving the SSL/TLS network security blind spot open to hackers and presents strategies to mitigate risks.
Posted: 08 Jan 2016 | Published: 16 Dec 2015

Blue Coat Systems

Stop Attacks Hiding Under the Cover of SSL Encryption
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: This brief infographic lays out sobering statistics about encrypted traffic attacks and describes how encrypted traffic management can help mitigate these risks.
Posted: 07 Jan 2016 | Published: 09 Dec 2013

Blue Coat Systems

Privacy and Safety: How SSL Certificates Empower Your Business
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: In this infographic, learn the 6 golden rules for selecting an SSL or TLS certificate as well as tips and best practices for simple implementation and management. Discover how to put your users' minds to rest with the right SSL.
Posted: 11 Nov 2015 | Published: 07 Oct 2015

Symantec Website Security Solutions

New Buyers of SSL Certificates FAQs
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: Industry analyst Chris Kissel presents and answers the top FAQs asked by new SSL certificate buyers to ease the purchasing process.
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 | Published: 14 Oct 2015

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Network Encryption and its Impact on Security
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: This research report looks at the prevalence of network traffic encryption and decryption, examining the challenges these practices present
Posted: 16 Sep 2015 | Published: 16 Sep 2015

Blue Coat Systems

Six Golden Rules for Selecting an SSL or TLS Certificate
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides an overview of the SSL certificate market, the 6 golden rules of purchasing SSL certificates, and more.
Posted: 08 Jul 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Symantec Website Security Solutions

The Top 10 TLS/SSL Client, Server, and Application Best Practices
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper provides an in-depth breakdown of the top 10 TLS/SSL client, server and application best practices.
Posted: 08 Jul 2015 | Published: 08 Jul 2015

Symantec Website Security Solutions

SSL Certificates: The Return of the DSA Algorithm
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores the shortcoming of the RSA algorithm and how the Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) developed in 1991 is making a return in a big way to trip up cybercriminals.
Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | Published: 05 Feb 2014

Symantec Website Security Solutions

TSL/SSL: Best Practices and Applications
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, explore how TLS works and the 14 best practices for its use. View now to learn why a trusted Certificate Authority is needed and more.
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 | Published: 02 Jan 2014

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Keep Your Customers Safe from Phishing
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This brief white paper presents one possible solution to the problem of phishing and helps you ensure the safety of your customers' data.
Posted: 20 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Deploying Microsoft Exchange 2013 Just Got Easier
sponsored by Citrix
WHITE PAPER: Access this informative guide that explains how to deploy Microsoft Exchange 2013 with an ADC that ensures remote access and load balancing of core components.
Posted: 04 Feb 2015 | Published: 04 Feb 2015

Citrix

SSL for Apps: Best Practices for Developers
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This white paper lists the necessary steps that your enterprise needs to take in order to create a stronger, more trustworthy SSL implementation.
Posted: 20 Jan 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Spoofing Server-Server Communication: How You Can Prevent It
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: In this must-read white paper, you'll learn how to prevent the new SSL Strip threat that could compromise your secure applications.
Posted: 19 Jan 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Protecting Against Web Application Threats Using SSL
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: In this resource, readers learn about the many factors that leave web applications vulnerable to attack; how SSL encryption can help to prevent the risk of data loss; how to assess their current state of vulnerability; and much more.
Posted: 19 Jan 2015 | Published: 28 Feb 2014

Symantec Website Security Solutions

How Extended Validation SSL Brings Confidence to Online Sales and Transactions
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses the importance of increasing customer confidence in the security of online business transactions, and introduces Symantec Extended Validation SSL Certificates as a potential solution to this challenge.
Posted: 15 Jan 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Choosing the Right Security Solution: Moving Beyond SSL to Establish Trust
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you'll learn why SSL-based security platforms with solid track records of meeting new challenges are the best way to defend and future-proof e-commerce environments against a growing and dynamic internet threat environment.
Posted: 12 Jan 2015 | Published: 13 Feb 2014

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Beginner's Guide to SSL Certificates: Making the Best Choice When Considering Your Online Security Options
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This helpful guide explains how the effective implementation of SSL certificates is critical to protecting your customers, earning their trust, and ensuring your success when it comes to conducting business online.
Posted: 08 Jan 2015 | Published: 10 Jun 2013

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Mitigating Web Security Risk with SSL Certificates: Benefits and Best Practices
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights several benefits and best practices when using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) applications to authenticate users, applications and Web services.
Posted: 01 Aug 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Symantec Website Security Solutions
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SSL DEFINITION (continued): …  and Netscape browsers and most Web server products. Developed by Netscape, SSL also gained the support of Microsoft and other Internet client/server developers as well and became the de facto standard until evolving into Transport Layer Security. The "sockets" part of the term refers to the sockets method of passing data back and forth between a client and a server program in a network or between program layers in the same computer. SSL uses the public-and-private key encryption system from RSA, which also includes the use of a digital certificate. TLS and SSL are an integral part of most Web … 
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