The security of information exchange on the Internet will be strengthened as a result of a testing event in July organized by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). ETSI’s Plugtests™ service is mounting its first interoperability testing event for IPsec, the increasingly popular security protocol which aims to protect information exchanges at the Internet Protocol (IP) layer.
IPsec’s potential contribution to the security of the information infrastructure is now widely recognized, and its development has recently been attracting considerable interest globally as the use of IP in company networks and for sensitive applications increases. Defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its various security services include the guarantee of authenticity and confidentiality of data. IPsec provides additional functionality to supplement existing security solutions; it offers protection to all the applications using the network (without any need to modify them), it protects access to a given network by acting as an advanced firewall and it safeguards remote access to an intranet. It offers high end-to-end security and is particularly relevant for Virtual Private Networks (VPN); it will protect all exchanges between private networks separated by an untrusted network. It thus has enormous potential to help secure the increasing amount of electronic traffic which forms the basis of the Information Society.
For more info on the July event: www.etsi.org/plugtests/home.htm.
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