Is a 64-bit ipsec client enough?

Posted: February 11, 2010 in 64-Bit, Rethink Remote Access

We’ve been seeing a lot of discussion in the forums about Cisco’s IPsec VPN client (welcome to the party—you’re four years late).  In 2010, a 64-bit client isn’t enough.  Perhaps four years ago this would work, but not today.  In today’s mobile world, users are constantly on-the-go and purchasing the latest and best devices—they need more than just a VPN client.

NCPs client was developed with both the user and administrator in mind.  When an employee is away on business, they need to connect and remain connected to the network hassle-free.  They need to be reassured that their desired device, whether it be a laptop, mobile phone, etc., will work with their VPN client and have access to the appropriate files, email, folders, etc. they need.

Overlapping subnets, roaming across networks and connections dropping shouldn’t be an issue.  Users should be able to use important features, such as two-factor authentication, end-point security software and personal firewalls without any IT knowledge or help desk support.  It should be a matter of a one-click and get connected.  Will a 64-bit IPsec VPN client be enough to meet customers’ remote access needs?  No, and we think you’ll agree.

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  1. It depends on the needs of the user. ipsec is supported on the iphone, and also on many other devices. I think for now it is a good step. I would like to see the implementation of SSL VPNs, but there needs to be more support to bring this feature into business. Cisco Charges irate amounts for SSL connections on their ASA lines.

    Personally, I would like to see security move away from centralized secure internal networks, and concentrate on making more flexible networks that are capable of securely spanning the open internet. I would also like to see this effort aided by IPV6.

    Just some thoughts, but I do agree the conventional VPN is viable, and works, but is not a ‘great’ solution.

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