Cisco introduces clientless Virtual Private Network

Cisco Systems has extended the functionality of its Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrators with support for new Secure Socket Layer Virtual Private Networks.

The Cisco WebVPN (Virtual Private Network) is an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) VPN solution which will be integrated with the Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator in software version 4.1.

With no client software required to be installed or maintained on the remote device, Cisco WebVPN enables users to gain a highly secure connection from any browser-based device, such as a PC located at a client’s premises.

In addition, WebVPN takes advantage of the 3000 series platform’s web-based management, advanced authentication, authorisation, load balancing and clustering services.

For existing Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator customers with SmartNet support, the new Cisco WebVPN will be available for download at no additional cost. WebVPN will also ship at no additional charge with all new Cisco VPN 3000 concentrators. It is scheduled to be available in January 2004.

In related news, Cisco also announced the availability of the Cisco 1711 and 1712 security access routers. These products offer customers an integrated security and routing solution including VPN, firewall, intrusion detection system (IDS), and dial backup capabilities for broadband Internet access and site to site communication.

The Cisco 1711 and 1712 series access routers are available today for $1295.

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