Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Link Your Private Network to the Net

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Link Your Private Network to the Net

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These days, almost every company over a certain size is at least considering incorporating the Internet as part of their telecommunications infrastructure. Because it can support remote access to data or cheaper inter-office communications, the Internet is on everyone's technology wish list, but there are security and implementation issues that, until now, may prevent some companies from making the transition.

If your company wants a network that links to the wider world of the Net, plus needs to be up 7X24, highly secure, and implemented without the need for independent intranet and access routers, management stations, and firewall servers, then a recently introduced network technology will be of interest.

In partnership with Internet security vendor Check Point, Inc., Nokia, Mountain View, Calif., now offers a software-based network appliance that executes intelligent routing, firewall protection, and encryption for better functioning virtual private networks (VPN).

Because it is an "appliance," say the folks at Nokia's Networks unit, all the functionality is packed into the device, which essentially marries encryption and firewall protection in a plug-in unit.

A VPN can be thought of as part of a "gateway" linking a company's private network--which is highly regulated and secure--to the greater Internet, which is affordable but at times unpredictable. …

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