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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.

Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1)

Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1) is a hash algorithm used to authenticate packet data. Cisco routers and the PIX Firewall use the SHA-1 HMAC variant, which provides an additional level of hashing. IKE, AH, and ESP can use SHA-1 for authentication.

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