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IPSec Overview Part One: General IPSec Standards

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Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are becoming required expertise for network and security engineers, and IPSec is the most commonly used protocol when implementing VPNs. In this first article of a five-part series on the Cisco implementation of IPSec, Andrew Mason delves into the components that make up the IPSec protocol suite.

Rivest, Shamir, and Adelman Signatures (RSA)

RSA is a public-key cryptographic system used for authentication. IKE on the Cisco router or PIX Firewall uses a D-H exchange to determine secret keys on each IPSec peer used by encryption algorithms. The D-H exchange can be authenticated with RSA signatures or pre-shared keys.

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