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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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The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to discover a detailed breakdown of the real total cost of ownership of a self-sign SSL certificate.
Posted: 27 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

Symantec

The Key to Smarter Enterprise Code Signing
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores several alternative approaches to enterpise code signing to minimize mismanagement of keys. View now to learn more.
Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | Published: 04 Dec 2013

Symantec

SSL Certificates: The Return of the DSA Algorithm
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
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 Corporation

Beginner's Guide to SSL Certificates
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WHITE PAPER: The key to web security is SSL, and this white paper can help you understand exactly what SSL is and how it works.
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

Symantec

New Encryption Algorithm Put to the Test
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper presents the results of several research tests performed on elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), a new and promising SSL/TSL encryption algorithm.
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Symantec

Website Security for Dummies
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WHITE PAPER: In this free e-book, find clear, straightforward guidelines for ensuring airtight website security.
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | Published: 22 Apr 2015

Symantec

Not All Certificate Authorities Are Created Equal
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WHITE PAPER: Making the right CA choice can ensure your online security. In this white paper, discover what a secure CA looks like.
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | Published: 22 Apr 2015

Symantec

Emerging SSL threats: New techniques and countermeasures
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VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT: Learn about specific methods attackers are using to exploit SSL and how to defend against them.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Premiered: 27 Apr 2015

TOPICS:  SSL | SSL VPN
SearchSecurity.com

Your Quick Reference Guide to Always-On SSL
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explains the benefits of always-on SSL and how you can implement it on your sites.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Published: 21 Apr 2015

Symantec

Network Encryption and its Impact on Enterprise Security
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: In this research report, discover just how complicated SSL/TLS decryption and inspection methodologies have become and learn why you should make encrypted traffic management a near-term priority to address sophisticated SSL cyber threats.
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 | Published: 27 Feb 2015

Blue Coat Systems

Explaining How Trusted SSL Certificates and Forged SSL Certificates Work
sponsored by GeoTrust, Inc.
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide walks you through the importance of trusted certificates and the roles that Certificate Authorities (CAs) play. View now to explore the web security threat landscape and to learn the fine print about SSL and certificates.
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 | Published: 10 Dec 2014

GeoTrust, Inc.

SSL Certificate Management: Avoiding Common Mistakes
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EGUIDE: Read this expert E-Guide to learn how to avoid the common mistakes associated with SSL certificate management.
Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | Published: 14 Apr 2015

GeoTrust, Inc.

Ward Off Vulnerabilities by Securely Implementing and Configuring SSL
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EGUIDE: Read this expert E-Guide to learn how to implement and configure SSL's to ward off their vulnerably within your organization.
Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | Published: 14 Apr 2015

GeoTrust, Inc.

Tackling SSL Vulnerabilities for Secure Online Transactions
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EGUIDE: Read this expert e-guide and discover how to tackle these vulnerabilities within your organization; making sure that your customer's online transactions will be secure.
Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | Published: 14 Apr 2015

GeoTrust, Inc.

Encrypted Traffic Management for Dummies
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
EBOOK: In this eBook, learn all about the world of encrypted traffic management, an easy solution to all of these SSL traffic headaches.
Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | Published: 14 Apr 2015

Blue Coat Systems

The pros and cons of SSL decryption for enterprise network monitoring
sponsored by GeoTrust, Inc.
EGUIDE: Access this eGuide to hear from network security guru Brad Casey about the pros and cons of using SSL decryption for enterprise network monitoring. Read on to learn how this technique can bolster your network security, and answer your questions about SSL decryption.
Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | Published: 13 Apr 2015

GeoTrust, Inc.

Eliminating Virtual Network Security Blindspots
sponsored by Gigamon
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines a holistic security approach using NPM, DLP, and SSL decryption to mitigate malware threats on virtualized networks. View now to learn more.
Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | Published: 29 Oct 2014

Gigamon

5 Steps to SSL Decryption
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores an alternative, five step SSL decrpytion strategy.  View now to learn more
Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | Published: 15 Oct 2014

Gigamon

SSL Decryption for Visibility into Emerging Threat Sources
sponsored by Gigamon
WEBCAST: This webcast explores a new approach to SSL security and decryption.  View now to learn more and how to enhance your current security solutions.
Posted: 09 Apr 2015 | Premiered: Oct 28, 2014

Gigamon

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

How to Choose A Certificate Authority for Safer Web Security
sponsored by GeoTrust, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper sheds light on the seven measures a trustworthy CA needs to take and how to choose a reliable CA.
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 | Published: 06 Nov 2013

GeoTrust, Inc.

4 Steps to Simplifying SSL Management
sponsored by GeoTrust, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines the three challenges of SSL certificates and why the ad hoc security approach fails. View now to explore a new approach to simplifying SSL certificate management and reducing complexity in four steps.
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 | Published: 16 Oct 2013

GeoTrust, Inc.

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
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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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