May 02, 2005 - Fortinet - the confirmed market leader in Unified Threat Management and only provider of ASIC-accelerated, network-based antivirus firewall systems for real-time network protection - today announced that its FortiGate systems are certified by the ICSA for both Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and IPSec virtual private network (VPN) functionality as part of its integrated network security platform. SSL VPNs are commonly used to securely connect remote offices, telecommuters, and many other computing endpoints that need to be secured such as PCs, laptops, tablets, PDAs, kiosks, and smart phones. Let's admit, whilst IPSec VPN has traditionally been the standard for secure remote access it has never been the easiest to configure. The client software installation, pre-shared key distribution and the inevitable debugging due to the myriad of options and overly aggressive port filtering by your access provider has caused many an administrator, if not sleepless nights, then certainly a period of frustration. Whilst improving the experience of the IPSec VPN configuration, easing the client install and giving more widely useful default options certainly helps we can still find ourselves looking elsewhere for solutions. With SSL-VPNs we get a remote access solution based on standard browser encryption technology, removing the configuration headaches and making remote access as ubiquitous as the browser. At Fortinet we believed this feature was so useful to our FortiOS feature set that we added it for free.