IPSec simplified

The standard is a powerful -- and challenging -- way to implement security at the IP packet level

From the developerWorks archives

Joe Rudich

Date archived: May 15, 2019 | First published: April 01, 2001

IPSec is one of the most powerful security tools available today, allowing users to implement security at the IP packet level. But this standard is not only powerful, it's extremely complex, and if not understood properly it can be easily misused. Here, Joe explains how IPSec works and explores the potential pitfalls that await well-meaning system administrators.

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