For most businesses remote access has become a key requirement in their day to day operations, whether the requirement is just for employees, contractors or even customers the ability to understand who they are, what kind of device they are using to access from and how secure that device is has become a major part in the choice of the solution deployed. Whilst the business needs to provide remote access to applications and data within the corporate network, this needs to be done with security in mind and with the ability to interact, interoperate or integrate with the border gateway security of the network.
Traditionally remote access has been provided by IPsec software clients connecting users to the corporate network but over time these solutions have lacked the flexibility to grow as users need to access many different corporate applications from various types of client devices.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN is an emerging technology that provides remote-access VPN capability, using the SSL function that is already built into a modern web browser. SSL VPN allows users from any Internet-enabled location to launch a web browser to establish remote-access VPN connections, thus promising productivity enhancements and improved availability, as well as further IT cost reduction for VPN client software and support.
Enforcement of Security Policies
SSL Technology has become the solution of choice for many businesses as they are able to offer you many features over and above the traditional IPsec clients.
- Security state of a connecting device
- Access based on user credentials
- Clientless access via a webpage
- VDI integration
- Enforcement of corporate security policys
- Access from any location
- WAN optimisation for increases application speeds
- Easy and secure access for 3rd parties or contractors
With these features businesses are able to deploy a remote access solution that not only enforces their security policy, but provides users with a simple and flexible way to access applications and data from any authorised or authenticated device.
Why SSL VPN ?
With new schemes in place like BOYD users are now expecting access to corporate resources from different types of devices such as tablets, personal laptops and smartphones from any location. SSL VPN solutions can provide a business with this level of flexibility whilst ensuring that security is not compromised. The complication with this advancement in the remote access market is that users can be using multiple technologies to connect into the same resources which require the same level of service and support, however a different security policy based on the endpoint device is also required which traditionally would have been an issue but today there are technologies that now have the ability to discern user and device type in any combination at a practical and manageable level.
Evaluate a SSL VPN Solution
SSL VPN can be an integrated hardware or software solution enabling secure, clientless remote access to internal network resources from any Web browser. Designed for remote employees and road warriors, SSL VPN provides comprehensive control over file systems and Web-based applications requiring external access. IPOptions works with multiple vendors to proSSL VPN integrates with third-party authentication mechanisms to control user access levels and to provide Single Sign-On.