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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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Top 6 Dangers of Not Inspecting SSL Traffic
sponsored by A10 Networks
WHITE PAPER: Encryption can improve message confidentiality and integrity but it may also mask hackers' activities. Access this white paper to learn six additional dangers of not inspecting SSL traffic, and what your business can do to expose threats.
Posted: 25 Jan 2016 | Published: 21 Jan 2016

A10 Networks

Infographic: Top Reasons You Need A High Performance ADC
sponsored by A10 Networks
WHITE PAPER: In a world where 35% of data breaches consist of web attacks, you need a reliable security strategy. Access this infographic to learn what's at stake for network security, and how you can mitigate these issues with four key capabilities.
Posted: 25 Jan 2016 | Published: 20 Nov 2014

A10 Networks

6 Keys to Eliminating SSL Blind Spots: What You Need for SSL Inspection
sponsored by A10 Networks
WHITE PAPER: It is estimated that 67 percent of Internet traffic will be encrypted by 2016, but that won't stop hackers from using it to their advantage. Learn six ways to ensure your network can stand up to malicious traffic with SSL inspection technology.
Posted: 20 Jan 2016 | Published: 20 Jan 2016

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

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

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

Six Golden Rules for Selecting an SSL or TLS Certificate
sponsored by Symantec Website Security
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

SSL Traffic Management to Meet Your Needs
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: In this infographic, discover a tool that gives you the all the capabilities you need for effective traffic monitoring.
Posted: 09 Apr 2015 | Published: 28 Feb 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 explores the challenges of SSL management and offers steps to remedy them. Read on to explore the critical requirements checklist for an SSL acceleration platform.
Posted: 06 Apr 2015 | Published: 09 Oct 2013

Blue Coat Systems

Revolutionizing Advanced Threat Protection
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: This white paper suggests ways for you to create a comprehensive security system that works against today's complex threat landscape.
Posted: 06 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

Blue Coat Systems

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

Protecting Your APIs Against Attack and Hijack with CA Layer 7
sponsored by CA Technologies.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper offers 5 best practices to help thwart API threats, which require different strategies than traditional Web infrastructures.
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 | Published: 28 Feb 2014

CA Technologies.

Managing SSL Certificates with Ease
sponsored by Symantec Website Security
WHITE PAPER: Learn some of the most common pitfalls associated with SSL certificate management and how SSL certificate management tools can help keep information confidential and secure.
Posted: 16 Oct 2013 | Published: 16 Oct 2013

Symantec Website Security

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

Choosing the Right Security Solution: Moving Beyond SSL to Establish Trust
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
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 Corporation

How To Avoid Heartbleed Or Similar SSL Related Vulnerabilities?
sponsored by i-Sprint Innovations
WHITE PAPER: This informative guide explores top strategies for resolving Heartbleed and similar SSL-related vulnerabilities.
Posted: 29 May 2014 | Published: 29 May 2014

i-Sprint Innovations

Cloud Security Designed for Amazon Web Services (AWS)
sponsored by Trend Micro
WHITE PAPER: This white paper offers a brief overview of an Amazon Web Services security solution that relies on security pros to customize its offered features to efficiently and effectively defend your assets in the cloud.
Posted: 19 May 2014 | Published: 19 May 2014

Trend Micro

Best Practices for Implementing 2048-Bit SSL
sponsored by Citrix
WHITE PAPER: The role of secure sockets layer (SSL) technology is no longer a luxury, it is now a crucial part of all networking systems. This guide explores some best practices for implementing 2048-bit SSL and how it can benefit your network infrastructure.
Posted: 03 Jan 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2011

Citrix

Application Delivery Controllers and the A10 Advantage
sponsored by A10 Networks
WHITE PAPER: In this resource, discover an application delivery controller (AD) solution that accelerates, optimizes, secures, and scales application traffic in both physical and virtual servers to meet today's demands.
Posted: 26 Dec 2013 | Published: 30 Jun 2013

A10 Networks

Your Guide for Migrating from 1024-bit to Stronger SSL Certificate Key Lengths
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: As a proactive measure, the NIST has recommended that organizations eliminate 1024-bit RSA certificates in favor of stronger keys. Learn about the upcoming change in key lengths and find tips for managing your transition to using stronger certificates.
Posted: 16 Oct 2013 | Published: 16 Oct 2013

Symantec Corporation

Website Security Threat Report, Part Two
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This website security threat report focuses on the threats that impact your website and online business. Access this resource to understand the threat landscape and understand how you can protect your company and your infrastructure.
Posted: 14 Oct 2013 | Published: 11 Oct 2013

Symantec Corporation

Introduction to Web Analytics for E-Commerce: How to Track Activity to Optimize Your Website
sponsored by GeoTrust, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores the basics of web analytics and why they're important, what metrics you should track, and how you can use this information to optimize your site and encourage customers to visit often and buy more.
Posted: 30 Sep 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2011

GeoTrust, Inc.

Why Switch to Thawte?
sponsored by Thawte Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This brief resource provides three key reasons why you should switch to a leading online security provider trusted by millions around the world.
Posted: 30 Sep 2013 | Published: 30 Sep 2013

Thawte Inc.
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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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