Creating VPN’s with IPsec

Contributed by Wilson Chance Hinchman

This paper will define the term VPN, explain for what and why VPNs are used. IPsec, which is vital to the functionality of VPNs will also be touched on. I will start by defining the term VPN, the acronym VPN stands for "Virtual Private Network”. This is an ambiguous term that gets thrown around a lot in the information technology industry. Many types of networks fall under the classification of virtual private network when taken out of context. For instance, frame relay networks, or private point to point WAN links could be considered virtual private networks.

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