When to Use SSL VPNs

Now that you have a basic understanding of the operation and use of SSL VPNs, I’ll discuss when SSL VPNs make sense. Normally, I would consider using clientless SSL VPNs when some or all of the following are true:

  • Users use a web browser to access and interact with their applications.

  • Users need to access only a very limited number of company resources and not a wide range of hosts and services.

  • As an administrator, you have very little or no control over the user’s desktop and the software that is or isn’t installed on it.

  • Users need only occasional access to the network, where sometimes this access is not from their PC but a public device such as an unmanaged PC (PC at an Internet café or an airport or library kiosk).

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