An IPSec VPN solution is ideal for easily managing and customizing network access across cloud and local resources.

What is an IPSec VPN?

VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are commonplace these days and are used in many organizations for easy remote access to centralized resources. However, they aren’t all cut from the same cloth:

There are VPNs that run on different protocols and therefore have different advantages and use cases.

An IPSec VPN resides at the IP (internet protocol) or network layer, and lets remote PCs access entire networks elsewhere, instead of a single device or application.

While some see this as a disadvantage, they must remember that IPSec is an older and more mature protocol that has had many iterations, and is therefore one of the most trusted around.

An IPSec client establishes authentication between the two agents once the session begins, and uses cryptography and secure keys to ensure that the data and traffic flowing between them is completely private.

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Where Secure Socket Layer (SSL) VPNs and IPSec VPNs diverge is in their place on the network layer and what this means for users, though both rely on the Transport Layer Security protocol.

A VPN that uses SSL is on the session layer, and doesn’t explicitly require a client application to launch or to secure a connection. This means it can connect users securely to specific parts of the network instead of the whole thing.

IPSec, on the other hand, does require third-party software outside one’s internet browser, but since it’s on the network layer it comes with strong security benefits.

IPSec VPNs are popular because they’re widely regarded as being difficult to break into. It’s true that there’s no option to avoid the use of an IPSec VPN client, but since most SSL VPNs require a client anyway, it doesn’t matter.

A strength of IPSec is that remote computers have full, unbridled network access as if they were at the office: all file storage systems, office hardware like printers, backups and other resources.

Though access is granted no holds barred, organizations can still feel safe because a hacker would have to both break the nearly-impenetrable encryption and also the client software itself, including the correct configurations.

Why Should I Use Perimeter 81’s IPSec VPN?

t’s now harder to find a company without remote workers than ever, and most of them typically use a tall stack of differing network resources – some held on the cloud and some locally.

Network security gets complicated under these conditions, and so IT’s job is harder than ever. An IPSec VPN is the cornerstone of any smart IT team’s network access strategy, as it’s able to weed out the vast majority of threats with little effort and is very easy to deploy and use.

In this era when employees use their own unsecured devices to connect to the network, often from unsecured Wi-Fi, IPSec is a crucial part of the network security arsenal – but it isn’t alone.

This is why Perimeter 81 supplements it with other necessary features and tools in our revolutionary Network as a Service solution. With the Perimeter 81 IPSec VPN, organizations can benefit from the stronger level of security that the protocol provides yet also split their networks into custom pieces with access for users based on Zero Trust.

The Zero Trust model encourages a least-privilege access model whereby admins can create specific policies based on users, roles, devices, location and more, but also make use of tools like Multi-Factor Authentication, Automatic Wi-Fi security, secure web gateways, and more.

Not only that, the unified platform for these functions is easy to onboard employees into, fits seamlessly into the cloud, and scales with the organization without issue.

Defend the Network Flexibly with Perimeter 81 IPSec VPN Solution

Perimeter 81’s cloud-native FWaaS is a vital part of our Network as a Service platform, and enables superior traffic security for your network.

Additional Encryption

Encryption protocols including IPSec and SSL establish a secure connection between users’ devices and network resources, and combine with FWaaS to deliver multifaceted protection and a reduced attack surface.

Perfect for Remote

Give secure network access to your employees who choose to work from home. They can get work done and browse the web safely from any device and expect the same constant level of protection as if they were at the office.

Cloud Integration

Our FWaaS solution is native to the cloud and is integrated seamlessly with resources that workers use every day: Salesforce, AWS, Microsoft Office, Azure and most SaaS platforms that companies rely on.

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Capabilities of IPSec VPN Solution

One Unified Panel
One cloud-based platform to connect and secure all local and cloud resources on your network. Includes access management, monitoring, security and more.

Global Firewall Network
Segment your network for global users and put their resources close to them. Our edge network is made up of 50+ data centers providing fast and safe network access.

Complement FWaaS Security
Enable 2FA, single sign-on, and automatic Wi-Fi protection across mobile devices using iOS and Android, PC and Mac desktops and the web when connected.

Zero Trust Access
Reduce the attack surface and make your network a moving target, by implementing least-privilege access policies on top of your broader firewall rules.

What Our IPSec Solution Offers Organizations

Security on All Devices: BYOD policies multiply the number and variety of devices connecting to your network. Ensure only authorized devices connect to your virtual desktops with NaaS endpoint security.

Cloud Agnostic Integration: The ease with which our solution integrates into your virtual office, whether local or cloud-based, enables organizations to protect all their resources in unified fashion.

Superior Quality Assurance for Marketing: Connecting to the network through a diverse global server array allows marketing teams to mask their identity and location, enabling them to determine how successful their current advertising efforts are for various localities and environments.

Safe Remote Access: Automatic Wi-Fi security lets remote workers connect to sensitive resources from the public internet without fear of exposure, while encrypted tunnels shield data sharing from prying eyes.

Precise User Segmentation: Beyond the capabilities of traditional security solutions, the addition of granular policy-based permissioning helps organizations exercise greater control over those entering their virtual infrastructure.

IP Whitelisting: Explicitly define the IP addresses that are allowed to access the network, granting IT teams a stronger grip on security and also the ability to assign static IPs to automatically trusted sources of traffic.

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