Should we invest in Cisco hardware?

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Windows Server 2003 security
Is it possible for someone to crack into our VPN between two Windows 2003 servers? Should we invest in Cisco hardware?
ASKED: February 22, 2011  6:25 PM
UPDATED: February 23, 2011  4:40 AM

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It’s always “Possible” for anyone to intercept network traffic, if the conditions are right. The beauty of the VPN is that your transmissions are encrypted and a bit more secure.

The vendor of the device isn’t as important as the hashes, protocols and algorithms they use to establish your VPN tunnel (IPSEC, L2TP, PPTP), how well you harden your system (firewalls, ACLs, Updates) and how physically secure you keep your devices.

(Cisco devices ARE sweet, but several other vendors do the exact same thing for a bit less $$ – but, remember, you get what you pay for…)

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  • saturno
    Averything is "crack-able". It only depends on the willingness and perseverance. The firs and most important rule of security e the physical access to the good you are "protecting". If the VPN access between those W2K3 machines is L2TP or IPSEC based, the supposed attacker will have a preatty tough time to crack it. As already said, the answer to your question is not vendor dependent. L2TP, IPSEC whatever you want are standards vendor independent. All of them must be monitored, patched and correctly configured and maintained... HTH
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  • Subhendu Sen
    I agree with Saturno ! everything can be cracked. I think investment in Cisco HW does not ensure u 100% security. Even no one can provide u cent % security. What kind of HW u will use, that depends on ur environment, ur management, ur cost criteria, ur expertise.
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