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Which VPN Is Best for Your Small Business?

When choosing between IPSec and SSL, you might find you need both kinds of VPNs.

Mobile workers are a fact of life for most small businesses and that is often a good thingfor both the company and the employee or contractor. Users who have remote access to your small business network from their home offices or while traveling tend to be more productive and can helps save your company money. The trick, of course, is making sure that the mobile connections to your network are secure. For that, you need an encrypted virtual private network (VPN), which lets remote users safely connect to your network from any location with Internet access.

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A Virtual Private Network Can Fuel Cost-Effective Growth

With VPN, you can secure your network and also offer secure access to remote partners and employees.

Technology—no small business can succeed without it. Your network not only provides secure connectivity to your employees, but also to your community of partners, suppliers, and customers. Although your network is the lifeline of your business, you probably view it as a cost center, buying equipment as necessary—sometimes on the fly when a problem or immediate need arises. However, your network can be a source of cost-effective growth for your company.

If you installed a VPN as part of your infrastructure, it was most likely to provide employees with secure access to your network while working at home or on the road.  Apart from the obvious productivity gains that companies can achieve by providing employees with the ability to work from anywhere anytime, VPNs can also make it easier to expand your business and share pre-existing network resources and information.

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AnyConnect is Now Available on the iPad

The iPad is one of the hottest gifts for this holiday season. Kids and adults alike are hoping to receive one as a gift from others or as a gift for themselves. It will be a busy time for the App Store for sure and many of the adults will probably be trying to use their iPad to access corporate email or other information.

Cisco’s gift for those users is Cisco AnyConnect for the iPad, making that corporate user more secure. The market-leading secure mobility client, positioned as a leader by Gartner in the recent 2010 Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs , is now available on the Apple App Store free of charge. Companies with AnyConnect Essentials or Premium VPN licenses on their Cisco ASA 55000 can now allow their employees to connect using the iPad. Companies can now realize the value of Cisco Secure Mobility and Borderless networks. They can connect anyone, anywhere—securely, reliably, and seamlessly. Read More »

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Cisco Positioned as a Leader in the 2010 Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs

Mobility is changing the way I work. I work in the office, at home and wherever I am between the two. Not only do I have a smartphone, I also have an iPad and a corporate laptop. I access email and work using all three devices, happy that I can seamlessly connect from anywhere, at anytime, from any device. I am not unlike many workers today where work is becoming an activity and not a place and I need consistent security enforcement and protection, particularly when I am outside of the office.

Three letters enable much of this, V – P – N. VPNs are not new but Cisco continues to innovate with new VPN and secure mobility solutions to secure mobile workers like me. For instance, in October Cisco announced AnyConnect 3.0 that ties the client to web security in the cloud via Cisco ScanSafe in addition to an on-premise Web Security Appliances and the AnyConnect client is now available for both the Apple iPhone and iPad running iOS version 4.2+. Read More »

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Ask The Expert: AnyConnect Configuration – December 14th

Join us on Tuesday, December 14th, for our upcoming live Ask The Expert event, inside Cisco Live and Networkers Virtual.  This event will be coming to you live from India, the first in our international Ask The Expert Series.  Ask the Expert events are part of our content partnership with the Cisco Support Community. Take advantage of these opportunities to get answers to your questions live, in real-time, by a Cisco expert.

Join Cisco expert Vikas Saxena, a customer support engineer (CCIE security number 19971) at the Technical Assistance Center, Security and VPN team in India as he provides information on configuration basics of AnyConnect SSL VPN Client on ASA through ASDM. He will also provide information on concepts of profiles, tunnel groups, group policies, and troubleshooting of common problems associated with AnyConnect SSL VPN client.

Speaker: Vikas Saxena
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Time: 2:00 a.m. Eastern / 11:00 PT [13th] / 12:30 p.m. JST / 4:00 p.m. JST
Location: www.ciscolivevirtual.com

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