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InfoWorld: The more the merrier: 1998's Golden Guardian award given to three top security solutions

Feb 13, 1999, 14:05 (0 Talkback[s])

Open-source technologies honored.

"Part two of our Goldie award goes to a technology that continued to dominate the hearts and minds of network architects in 1998 -- virtual private networks (VPNs). In particular, we were pleased in 1998 to see consensus develop around the Internet Engineering Task Force's (IETF's) IP Security (IPSec) standard for encryption of IP-layer traffic as the VPN technology of choice."

"The developing IPSec standard also is represented in the third portion of 1998's Goldie, which we bestow on the scope of open-source security solutions. Self-reliance is a central tenet of the security administrator's bible, and 1998 saw the release and improvement of some useful tools for security administrators. In the case of IPSec, the IETF's open standards deliberation process has yielded a well-scrutinized, vendor-neutral security solution for the masses."

"This same public-spiritedness has also given us great tools such as nmap (www.insecure.org/nmap) and L0phtcrack (www.l0pht.com)."

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