Monday, April 4, 2005 | News | Networking & Telephony
A recent survey revealed that almost 50% of employees want the option and flexibility of working from home. However, one of the concerns companies have with remote working is the security risk from employees accessing the company�s network from home. Gradually, more companies are finding that the solution to this problem is Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Virtual Private Network�s provide remote workers with secure access to enterprise resources via the Internet by encrypting all communications between company networks and remote users� machines.
The survey goes on to show that remote working is becoming a key factor for business, driving corporate success and resulting in reduced costs and increased employee productivity. Before SSL VPN, such remote access typically required that administrators install, configure, and maintain special software on users� computers. As such, VPNs were expensive and complicated to operate. Remote access was usually only offered to a small subset of corporate employees.
SSL VPN technology eliminates these drawbacks by avoiding the need for special technology on client machines. Essentially any computer with a Web browser can be used for remote access.
The only drawback to implementing SSL VPNs is the lack of information and guidance available for the technology. Written by Joseph Steinberg and Tim Speed, two respected experts on computer networking and security, and published by Packt, �Understanding SSL VPN� is a new book that cuts through the hype and confusion to give a thorough and practical overview of clientless virtual private networking.
�Understanding SSL VPN� provides a detailed technical and business introduction to SSL VPN. It explains how SSL VPN devices work along with their benefits and pitfalls. It explains how to prepare for an SSL VPN deployment � as well as how to ensure an implementation is secure.
As well as covering SSL VPN technologies, the book also looks at how to address key human-factors issues (including education) which often are vital elements in ensuring the success of remote access projects. The book also looks at strategies for making legacy applications accessible via SSL VPN.
Understanding SSL VPN is published by Packt and is available now. For more information please visit: http://www.packtpub.com/book/ssl_vpn.