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Microsoft® SharePoint™ 2003 Unleashed, Second Edition by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Examining IP Security (IPSec) for Internal SharePoint Encryption

IP Security (IPSec), mentioned briefly in previous sections, is essentially a mechanism for establishing end-to-end encryption of all data packets sent between computers. IPSec operates at Layer 3 of the OSI model and uses encrypted packets for all traffic between members.

IPSec is often considered to be one of the best ways to secure the traffic generated in an environment and is useful for securing both SharePoint servers and client workstations in high-risk Internet access scenarios and also in private network configurations for an enhanced layer of security.

Reviewing the IPSec Principle

The basic principle of IPSec is this: All traffic between clients—whether initiated by applications, ...

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