Glossary

FRAMINGHAM (04/24/2000) - Authentication: Confirming the identity of a user requesting system access.

Check Point SecuRemote: Check Point's VPN-1 SecuRemote extends the corporate virtual private network to the desktop and laptop.

Certificate Authority: A package of data digitally signed by a trusted authority, which binds a public key to an owner.

Data Encryption Standard (DES): Encryption technique that scrambles data into an unbreakable code for public transmission.

Channel Service Unit/Digital Service Unit (CSU/DSU): A pair of communication devices that connect an in-house line to an external digital circuit such as a T1 line or AT&T Corp.'s Dataphone Digital Service.

Encryption: The conversion of data into a secret code for transmission over a public network.

Virtual private network (VPN): A wide-area communications network provided by a common carrier that provides what seems like dedicated lines to users.www.checkpoint.com: Home page for Check Point Software Technologies, with information about its firewall, VPN and other security products.www.computerworld.com/home/online9697.nsf/all/971006vpnlinks: Computerworld's research links for information about virtual private networks.www.computerworld.com/home/print.nsf/all/000327ce16: A Computerworld QuickStudy article about authentication.www.iprg.nokia.com: Links to information about IP security products from Nokia.www.entrust.com: Home page for Entrust Technologies, with information about its public-key infrastructure, cryptography and other security products.

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