SSL VPN: Understanding, Evaluating, and Planning Secure, Web-based Remote Access

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Packt Publishing, 2005 - Computers - 212 pages
The book blends technically rigorous descriptions with a friendly approach based on practical examples and scenarios. The authors write in clear, informal language and make extensive use of diagrams and images. The book begins with an overview of SSL VPN?s purpose, and the technical and business trends that are making it popular today. It then looks at how SSL VPNs work and how they fit into existing network plans. The effect of SSL VPN on the wider business environment is then considered, before looking at how SSL VPN technology is likely to develop in the future. This book aimed at IT network professionals and managers who are currently evaluating SSL VPN technologies. It requires a broad understanding of networking concepts, but does not require specific and detailed technical knowledge of protocols or vendor implementations.

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Joseph Steinberg is CEO of Green Armor Solutions, an information-systems security product vendor specializing in technology that combats phishing, pharming, and online fraud. Prior to joining Green Armor, he spent more than four years with Whale Communications, one of the pioneers of SSL VPN technology. Earlier, he served in senior-management capacities at several product vendors and consulting firms, and worked in technical positions at Citibank and AT&T. Mr. Steinberg's May 2003 article 'SSL VPN Security' introduced an awareness of critical security issues created by SSL VPN technology; since its publication, nearly every SSL VPN vendor has acted upon the concerns and recommendations made in the article. Mr. Steinberg earned an M.S. in Computer Science from NYU, and holds a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) credential as well as advanced certifications in IT security management (ISSMP) and architecture (ISSAP). He has lectured on topics related to IT Security and Management and is the author of numerous articles in various journals, magazines, and other publications. A recognized expert on IT security, he is also interviewed on a regular basis by media personalities and sits on panels discussing IT-security related matters. Mr. Steinberg lives in the suburbs of New York City with his wife and two daughters.

Tim Speed is an IBM Certified Systems Architect with IBM Software Services for Lotus. In that capacity, he is responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting various engagements with its clients. Mr. Speed lives in Denton, Texas and has been an IBM/Lotus employee for over 12 years in a variety of networking, technical, hardware and software support and consulting positions. He has been working with Notes for over 15 years focusing on administration roles and infrastructure. He also has international experience with working on infrastructure engagements in Spain, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the UK, and Indonesia.

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