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What does IPSEC stand for?

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Internet Protocol Security

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Internet Protocol SECurity protocol

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Internet Protocol SECurity architecture

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What does IPSEC mean?

Internet Protocol Security is a protocol suite for securing Internet Protocol communications by authenticating and encrypting each IP packet of a communication session. IPsec includes protocols for establishing mutual authentication between agents at the beginning of the session and negotiation of cryptographic keys to be used during the session. IPsec can be used in protecting data flows between a pair of hosts, between a pair of security gateways, or between a security gateway and a host. Internet Protocol security uses cryptographic security services to protect communications over Internet Protocol networks. IPsec supports network-level peer authentication, data origin authentication, data integrity, data confidentiality, and replay protection. IPsec is an end-to-end security scheme operating in the Internet Layer of the Internet Protocol Suite, while some other Internet security systems in widespread use, such as Transport Layer Security and Secure Shell, operate in the upper layers at Application layer. Hence, only IPsec protects any application traffic over an IP network. Applications can be automatically secured by IPsec at the IP layer.

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