Ensure Secure Remote Access with SSL VPNs

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Ensure Secure Remote Access with SSL VPNs

Gone are the days of 9 to 6 jobs as it is the era of mobile officing. The concept of anywhere office was
something unimaginable and impractical a few years back. But the advent of the internet and its
paraphernalia made this unrealistic concept the most workable option for today' generation Y employees.
Contrary to popular belief that mobile officing saps productivity, the mobile workforce have benefitted
companies and enterprises immensely. Since there is no pressure upon employees to spend stipulated
time at office, they have been able to utilize the time to interact directly with clients, manage their
workloads more efficiently, and maintain a healthy balance between personal and professional lives. This
translates into job satisfaction, job retention, greater productivity, accelerated growth, profitability and
success for the company.

However, as with every upside, there is always a downside; mobile officing is also not without risks. The
greatest risks faced by the mobile workforce are with respect to security, integrity and confidentiality of the
sensitive and critical data. Since not only mobile employees but also home workers, extranet partners,
customers and other authorized users remotely access critical business data at different locations using
different applications and devices, it is highly necessary to ensure secure access so that there is no data
leakage. The concept of anywhere office means that the employees can access their home office
computers from their home, at a customer or partner site, at a public Internet kiosk, or even from their
iPhones and iPads. The most effective solution for this problem is to create a secure tunnel and that is
what SSL VPN solutions do.

SSL VPNs are Secure Sockets Layer virtual private networks that work with a standard web browser.
With secure remote access SSL VPNs, mobile and offsite users need only a common Web browser to
quickly and securely access emails, files, Intranets and applications.

SSL VPNs are gaining in popularity thanks to its immense benefits. It is scalable, cost effective, secure,
easy to use and easily manageable. Compared to traditional VPNs that depend on IPSec (Internet
Protocol Security) to secure the tunnel, SSL VPNs rely on SSL protocol or TLS (Transport Layer Security)
protocol to encrypt and secure the tunnel between endpoints. Hence, SSL VPNS need not require the
installation of client software application as in the case of IPSec VPNs.

SSL VPNs thus allow anytime, anywhere secure remote access for employees, customers and strategic
partners to business-critical resources.

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