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While some virtual private networks can be complex to deploy and manage, understanding the basic differences between the two main types of VPNs doesn’t have to be.

In this infographic, we break down some of high-level areas where IPsec and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) differ. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, making neither one objectively better than the other.

VPNs are the most popular network security purchase for 2014, according to a recent TechTarget survey. Of the 1,710 enterprise IT pros surveyed for SearchSecurity’s 2013 Purchasing Intentions survey, 40% said they would buy a VPN appliance this year. When it came to buying IPsec vs. SSL VPNs, the respondents were evenly split, with 19.9% saying they will invest in IPsec VPNs and 20.1% planning to buy SSL VPNs.

Comparing IPsec vs. SSL VPNs

Graphics: Neva Maniscalco, TechTarget

This was last published in March 2014
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