The Cisco ASA 5500 Series SSL / IPsec VPN Edition enables organizations to gain the connectivity and cost benefits of Internet transport without compromising the integrity of corporate security policies. By converging Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and IP Security (IPsec) VPN services with comprehensive threat defense technologies, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series delivers highly customizable network access tailored to meet the requirements of diverse deployment environments while providing advanced endpoint and network-level security.
SSL- and IPsec-based full network remote access—Full network access provides network-layer remote-userconnectivity to virtually any application or network resource. Connectivity is provided either through the dynamicallydownloaded Cisco SSL VPN Client or the Cisco IPsec VPN Client. Full network access is generally extended tomanaged desktops such as company-owned employee laptops. By supporting both SSL- and IPsec-based remoteaccessVPN technologies, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series delivers unsurpassed flexibility to meet the needs of the mostdiverse deployment scenarios.
Superior clientless network access—Clientless remote access provides access to network applications andresources, regardless of location, without the need for desktop VPN client software. Using the ubiquity of SSLencryption available in Internet browsers, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series delivers clientless access to any Web-basedapplication or resource, terminal services applications such as Citrix, and optimized Microsoft Outlook Web Accessand Lotus iNotes, as well as access to common thick-client applications like e-mail, instant messaging, calendars, andTelnet. Furthermore, the superior content rewriting capabilities of the Cisco ASA 5500 Series help render complexWebpages with Java, Java Script, and Active X content.
Network-aware site-to-site VPNs—Enables secure, high-speed communications between multiple office locations.With support for quality of service (QoS) and routing across the VPN, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series helps ensurereliable, business-quality delivery of latency-sensitive applications like voice, video, and terminal services.
Threat-protected VPN—VPNs are a primary source of malware infiltration into organizations’ networks. The depthand breadth of intrusion prevention, antivirus, application-aware firewall, and VPN endpoint security capabilities in theCisco ASA 5500 Series helps minimize the risk that the VPN connection will become a conduit for security threats.
More cost-effective VPN deployment and operations—Scaling and securing VPNs often requires adjunct loadbalancing and security equipment, which increases both equipment and operational costs. The Cisco ASA 5500Series integrates these functions, delivering an unprecedented level of network and security integration among theVPN products available today. And by offering both SSL and IPsec VPN on one platform, the Cisco ASA 5500 Seriesprovides customers with cost-effective alternatives to deploying parallel VPN infrastructures.