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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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7 Reasons it's Time to Gain SSL Visibility with Application Delivery Controllers
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: When used with ADCs, some tools can fill the gaps in security coverage created by a lack of visibility into encrypted traffic. Access the following resource and uncover seven ways to improve visibility and data center security.
Posted: 19 Sep 2016 | Published: 19 Sep 2016

Blue Coat Systems

7 Modern Encryption Problems
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
RESOURCE: This resource highlights 7 modern security issues as the use of SSL/TLS encrypted communication grows. Discover how to boost the capabilities of your network security infrastructure while effectively managing your SSL/TLS traffic.
Posted: 27 Jul 2016 | Published: 27 Jul 2016

Blue Coat Systems

A Technology Brief on SSL/TLS Traffic
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
RESOURCE: In this resource, get a detailed breakdown of SSL/TLS traffic and not only its importance to enterprises but also the grave threat it can pose if malware hides in it. Discover the skills necessary to effectively utilize encrypted traffic and combat the malware threat.
Posted: 27 Jul 2016 | Published: 27 Jul 2016

Blue Coat Systems

Best Practices for Eliminating SSL Encrypted Traffic Blind Spots
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WEBCAST: Learn how to apply policies and protection to combat threats hidden in HTTPS traffic and applications in this helpful webcast.
Posted: 19 Feb 2016 | Premiered: Jan 22, 2016

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 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

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 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

Beginner's Guide to SSL Certificates
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: The key to web security is Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, 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
sponsored by Symantec
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

Not All Certificate Authorities Are Created Equal
sponsored by Symantec
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

Organizations Struggle through a Tough Year for SSL Protocols
sponsored by Symantec Website Security
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, learn the three primary SSL security issues and the common mistakes organizations make when trying to secure their website. Continue reading and discover how to avoid falling prey to the top SSL/TLS threats.
Posted: 16 Feb 2016 | Published: 09 Feb 2016

Symantec Website Security

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 Certificate Management: How to Avoid Common Mistakes
sponsored by Symantec Website Security
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide describes the most common SSL certificate management mistakes and provides advice on how to avoid them. Discover how to choose the best certificates for your enterprise's needs, manage renewal of certificates, and more.
Posted: 11 Feb 2016 | Published: 08 Feb 2016

Symantec Website Security

SSL Certificate Management: A Practical Guide
sponsored by Symantec Website Security
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide breaks down SSL certificate management into practical, accessible terms. Discover the basics of SSL certificates, learn how you can prevent and troubleshoot problems in certificate management, and see examples of SSL certificate management tools at work.
Posted: 11 Feb 2016 | Published: 08 Feb 2016

Symantec Website Security

How One Airborne Wi-Fi Provider Issued Fake Google SSL Certificates, and Faced the Consequences
sponsored by Symantec Website Security
EGUIDE: This e-guide features a case study on how Gogo LLC issued fake Google SSL certificates. Learn how this incident caused ripples in the security industry, and uncover ways some vendors are increasingly observing encrypted traffic.
Posted: 09 Feb 2016 | Published: 04 Feb 2016

Symantec Website Security

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

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

Case Study: Secure Employee Remote Access through Strong Authentication
sponsored by HID
CASE STUDY: This case study examines how a London-based mobile communications retailer secure employee remote access.
Posted: 23 Jul 2015 | Published: 25 Mar 2013

HID

The Problem with the Padlock
sponsored by SearchSecurity.com
EBOOK: TLS/SSL is no longer a Web security cornerstone. While the industry responds to its vulnerabilities, with TLS 1.3, learn what else you must do to keep your connections secure.
Posted: 16 Jul 2015 | Published: 16 Jul 2015

SearchSecurity.com

Website Security for Dummies
sponsored by Symantec
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
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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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