"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
"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."
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