Best IPsec/SSL VPN

Winner: Cisco Systems for Cisco ASA Secure Remote Access solution

The Cisco ASA Secure Remote Access solution gives IT administrators a single point of control to assign granular access based on both user and device. It provides full and controlled client-based network access to web-based applications and network resources for a highly secure, flexible remote access deployment with AnyConnect Secure Mobility client, the Cisco VPN Client, and third-party VPN clients, including those from Microsoft and Apple.

The AnyConnect client raises the bar by making the experience more seamless and more secure than ever. The client provides a secure connectivity experience across a broad set of laptop and mobile devices, including Apple iPhones. As mobile workers roam to different locations, an always-on, intelligent VPN enables AnyConnect to automatically select the most optimal network access point and adapt its tunneling protocol to the most efficient method, such as Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) protocol for latency-sensitive traffic, including VoIP traffic or TCP-based application access.

Robust posture assessment capabilities protect the integrity of the corporate network by restricting VPN access based on an endpoint's security posture. Prior to establishing connectivity, a system may be validated for compliance with various anti-virus, personal firewall, or anti-spyware products, and may undergo additional system checks. An advanced endpoint assessment option is available to automate the process of remediating out-of-compliance endpoint security applications.

Customers who purchase Cisco ASA Secure Remote Access solutions ensure there is investment protection for their VPNs. Many have realized how Cisco VPN remote access has exceeded their corporate budgetary expectations. One customer, Baylor University, says: “To provide secure VPN connectivity for more than 2,000 remote users, Baylor College of Medicine uses the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5500 Series. The solution allows the IT department to continue supporting previous-generation IP security (IPsec) connectivity, while transitioning to Cisco AnyConnect, a secure sockets Layer (SSL)-based VPN client. Using the Cisco AnyConnect technology provides a better user experience while reducing IT support costs associated with managing client software.


• Cisco Systems for Cisco ASA Secure Remote Access solution

• Citrix Systems for Citrix Access Gateway

• F5 Networks for BIG-IP Edge Gateway

• Juniper Networks for SA Series SSL VPN Appliances

• SonicWALL for SonicWALL Secure Remote Access (SRA) EX7000

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