Best IPsec/SSL VPN

Winner: Cisco Systems for Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance 5500 Series SSL/IPsec VPN Edition

The Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5500 Series IPsec/SSL VPN Edition offers a complete line of remote access appliances, enabling organizations of all sizes to securely provide network access to various types of users, including employees, contractors and business partners. Users can connect using various types of endpoints – for instance a public kiosk, a smart phone or a personal computer. The Cisco ASA VPN Edition supports a wide range of deployment options with a comprehensive set of VPN remote access appliances, offering clientless SSL VPN, client-based SSL/DTLS or IPsec VPN remote access and site-to-site VPN access on a single, high performance and high scalability appliance.

The Cisco Secure Remote Access solution has been a VPN industry leader for many years. It offers seamless, persistent full-tunneling access and application-optimized, granular clientless SSL VPN access to applications and network resources. The integrated Cisco ASA VPN SSL/IPsec appliance eliminates the cost and complexity of deploying parallel remote access solutions and offers the optimum security of its converged inspection services: firewall, IPS/IDS, content security and unified communications security. Its streamlined deployment options (client web-launch, automatic client updates) and unified management options reduce the initial and ongoing maintenance and desktop support costs. 

Cisco ASA VPN Edition, a leading SSL VPN, enables customizable, localizable and clientless access optimized for Web 2.0 applications. The Cisco Secure Remote Access solution also offers full tunnel connectivity for an in-office experience to virtually any application or resource, on fixed or mobile endpoints, with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client. 

Cisco AnyConnect is the only client designed for the Web 2.0. It is the first VPN client to use DTLS (standard protocol defining SSL/TLS over UDP) to provide optimized connections for latency-sensitive traffic, such as that of voice over IP (VoIP) applications. AnyConnect automatically adapts its tunneling protocol to the most efficient method based on network constraints, and ensures session persistence when roaming or after resuming from a device standby, for the most seamless user experience. The AnyConnect client also features an intuitive, localizable user interface.

The Cisco ASA Secure Remote Access solution offers a wide range of connectivity and security options for today's mobile remote access users and delivers flexibility to meet the needs of the most diverse deployment scenarios.

Finalists 2009

  • Check Point Software Technologies for Connectra
  • Cisco Systems for Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance 5500 Series SSL/IPsec VPN Edition
  • Citrix Systems for Citrix Access Gateway
  • F5 Networks for FirePass Remote Access Solution
  • Stonesoft for StoneGate SSL VPN

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