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Source: SearchSecurity - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Security For proof that hunger is growing in the information security community for Secure Sockets Layer-based virtual private networks, look at the latest offerings from Check Point Software and Juniper Networks. For insight on what the big deal is, ask Steve Smith, network manager for Erie, Pa.-based Saint Vincent Health System.

He'll start by telling you how crazy it was to manage an Internet Protocol Security-based VPN in an organization with 1,650 employees spread across 25 facilities -- including the main campus, a separate hospital in New York, four satellite rehab offices, an outpatient center and 20 outside doctor's offices.

"I walked into a job where all kinds of insecure remote connectivity was in place," Smith said. "We went from zero to 30 VPNs in a month. We were giving outside clients full secure access to our networks."

The trouble with IPsec is that it gets overly complicated and expensive to manage as the user base expands, he said. There's a growing tangle of firewalls as more doctor's offices seek VPN connectivity. IT staffers are forced to become experts on whatever technology the third party is using, which costs additional time and money.

When SVHS discovered the SSL approach, all that pain went away, he said.

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