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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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Multilayer Security: Enabling a Sustainable Alternative to Paper-Based Customer Communications
sponsored by VeriSign EMEA
WHITE PAPER: A multilayer security approach delivers the end-to-end solution needed to comprehensively target various security issues.
Posted: 04 Dec 2008 | Published: 13 Nov 2008

VeriSign EMEA

Emerging Multicast VPN Applications
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper provides background information on MVPNs, as well as describes emerging MVPN applications.
Posted: 25 Nov 2008 | Published: 25 Nov 2008

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Web Security Solutions
sponsored by Websense, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Read this whitepaper to learn ways to implement industry-leading URL filtering with extensive security capabilities that continuously watch the organization's assets for malicious activity and prevent them from being used in fraudulent attacks.
Posted: 19 Nov 2008 | Published: 19 Nov 2008

Websense, Inc.

The F5 Acceleration Portfolio
sponsored by F5 Networks
WHITE PAPER: F5 is the leader in Application Delivery Networking, ensuring applications are secure, fast, and available. This white paper provides an overview of specific F5 acceleration features across three F5 product lines.
Posted: 07 Oct 2008 | Published: 07 Oct 2008

F5 Networks

VMware DRS: Why You Still Need Assured Application Delivery and Application Delivery Networking
sponsored by F5 Networks
WHITE PAPER: This White Paper details how the F5 BIG-IP LTM works with VMware to provide truly virtualized Application Delivery Networking.
Posted: 07 Oct 2008 | Published: 07 Oct 2008

F5 Networks

Keys to SAP Application Acceleration: Advances in Delivery Systems
sponsored by Citrix
WHITE PAPER: It is essential that SAP applications and network infrastructures be considered together as a "application infrastructure" that supports strategic business objectives. This paper examines the challenges associated with SAP application delivery
Posted: 19 Sep 2008 | Published: 18 Sep 2008

Citrix

Remote Access VPNs: Business Productivity, Deployment, and Security Considerations
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines the two primary methods of deploying remote access VPNs: IPsec and SSL. Read how to choose the right VPN technology for your organization, understand security considerations, and how to secure your remote-access VPN.
Posted: 08 Jul 2008 | Published: 01 Feb 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Security for Wireless Networks: A Comparison among SSL, IPSec and Mobile VPNs
sponsored by NetMotion Wireless
WHITE PAPER: This paper outlines common threats and issues regarding wireless security in the context of typical uses of mobile devices over wireless networks and evaluates secure remote access solutions in comparison with NetMotion Mobility XE.
Posted: 27 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Jun 2008

NetMotion Wireless

Clean VPN Approach to Secure Remote Access
sponsored by SonicWALL
WHITE PAPER: In this whitepaper learn how integrating SonicWALL SSL VPN/Secure Remote Access, SonicWALL Network Security Appliance, and SonicWALL Global Management System solutions offer organizations a single solution for defense-indepth security.
Posted: 25 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Jun 2008

SonicWALL

Application Delivery Controller Performance Report
sponsored by F5 Networks
WHITE PAPER: This report documents the performance of the top Application Delivery Controllers offered by F5 Networks, Cisco Systems, and Citrix Netscaler. Through the development and implementation of robust and reproducible testing methods, F5 demonst...
Posted: 28 Apr 2008 | Published: 01 Jan 2007

F5 Networks

Transform the Internet into a Business- Ready Application Delivery Platform for Enterprise SOA Based SAP Deployments
sponsored by Akamai Technologies
WHITE PAPER: For today's enterprises, enterprise SOA based on SAP and the Internet provide a complementary and highly agile platform for rapidly extending the enterprise to reach customers, partners and employees in markets globally.
Posted: 07 Mar 2008 | Published: 01 Sep 2007

Akamai Technologies

IPSEC VS. VPN: Transition Criteria and Methodology
sponsored by SonicWALL
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explains the differences between the VPN technologies and provides criteria for deciding whether you should replace your IPSec VPN with SSL VPN. It also presents a step-by-step, practical approach to implementing your replacement.
Posted: 15 Nov 2007 | Published: 01 Nov 2007

SonicWALL

Simple Steps to Securing Your SSL VPN
sponsored by SonicWALL
WHITE PAPER: This expert eBook features a quiz that helps test your knowledge of IPsec vs. SSL VPNs and details additional resources that help you determine which technology best suits your organization's needs.
Posted: 14 Nov 2007 | Published: 01 Nov 2007

SonicWALL

Examining SSL-encrypted Communications
sponsored by Netronome Systems
WHITE PAPER: SSL-encrypted communications have enabled a variety of secure, web-based communications and online transactions. This paper explores the drivers behind the increase in SSL usage and the methods used to confront the security challenges that SSL creates.
Posted: 26 Oct 2007 | Published: 16 Oct 2007

Netronome Systems

Open, Manage, and Accelerate SSL Encrypted Applications
sponsored by BlueCoat
WHITE PAPER: Enterprise users and their data have never been further apart. Business pressures that keep employees out of headquarters and close to customers and partners have met head-on with other drivers that are bringing far flung servers back to the datacenter.
Posted: 20 Sep 2007 | Published: 01 Sep 2007

BlueCoat

How to Gain Visibility and Control of Encrypted SSL Web Sessions
sponsored by BlueCoat
WHITE PAPER: Blue Coat's SSL proxy functionality enables organizations to extend the power of the intelligent and secure proxy appliances to all SSL traffic. Read about how a proxy gives visibility and control of SSL communications.
Posted: 20 Sep 2007 | Published: 01 Jan 2006

BlueCoat

IPSec Vs SSL VPN for Secure Remote Access
sponsored by Aventail | SonicWall
WHITE PAPER: IPSec or SSL VPN: Which is right for your business? This paper compares these two technologies in terms of access control for unmanaged end points, support for a full range of applications, end user ease-of-use, and more.
Posted: 09 Aug 2007 | Published: 01 Jan 2005

Aventail | SonicWall

Building an Extranet Portal
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: The need for organizations to provide network access for external audiences such as partners & customers is increasing. This paper details the benefits of an extranet portal & highlights SSL VPN technology as a best approach to achieve increase...
Posted: 27 Oct 2006 | Published: 01 Sep 2006

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange - A Non-Mathematician's Explanation
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: The Diffie-Hellman algorithm is one of the most common protocols used today. An understanding of its underlying protocols & processes helps a great deal when trouble-shooting a system. This white paper takes a simple approach to explaining ...
Posted: 10 Oct 2006 | Published: 01 Oct 2006

Global Knowledge

Understanding Digital Certificates & Secure Sockets Layer (SSL): A Fundamental Requirement for Internet Transactions
sponsored by Entrust, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Moving your business online provides the convenience and accessibility your customers and partners demand. Learn how to use SSL digital certificates to gain customer trust and potentially increase revenue by adding more online services.
Posted: 03 May 2005 | Published: 01 Feb 2005

Entrust, Inc.

How to Offer the Strongest SSL Encryption for your Company
sponsored by VeriSign, Inc
WHITE PAPER: Many IT professionals have little understanding of an extremely important protocol within SSL. This technical white paper provides a quick overview on how Server Gated Cryptography (SGC) affects the encryption levels of a Website to its visitors.
Posted: 01 Mar 2005 | Published: 01 Sep 2006

VeriSign, 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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