Juniper Networks is trying to stay one step ahead of the competition with new features for its SSL VPN products acquired from NetScreen Technologies earlier this year.
New to Juniper’s SSL VPN, or Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network, portfolio is support for an industry standard called SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language), which will let remote workers sign on just once to a corporate network and then avoid having to re-enter authentication information.
Normally, because SSL VPNs operate at the application layer, whenever a new application is opened, the person must go through the process of re-entering a username and password. This differs from IPSec VPNs, which operate at the network level. Once a person signs onto a network using IPSec, he or she has access to any application on the network.
Juniper is working with access management providers Entrust, IBM, Netegrity, Oblix, OpenNetwork and RSA Security to ensure interoperability with their management products that support the SAML standard.
News source: ZDNet