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Juniper Upgrades VPN With IPsec, SSL Combo

Juniper Networks on Monday plans to add new flexibility to its security lineup with an upgrade to its VPN family that combines the benefits of IPsec and SSL technology.

With the 5.0 version of Instant Virtual Extranet, the platform Juniper's SSL VPN family runs on, the vendor is adding a new dual-mode feature that can automatically switch between IPsec and SSL for transport.

The upgrade enables users of Juniper's NetScreen Remote Access and Secure Access SSL VPN appliances to first try IPsec as the transport mode, tapping the high-performance benefits of that protocol. However, if traffic is blocked because of service provider problems or Network Address Translation issues, the system can automatically fall back to SSL transport, said Vivian Ganitsky, director of the security products group at Juniper, Sunnyvale, Calif.

"Users are never going to get blocked. They will always have some sort of access," Ganitsky said.

By building dual transport capabilities into its SSL VPN line, Juniper is providing the best of both worlds, said Steve Fuller, president and CTO of Networks Group, a solution provider in Brighton, Mich.

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