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Internet Protocol security defined

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Internet Protocol security defined

Internet Protocol security (IPSec) is a framework of open standards for ensuring private, secure communications over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, through the use of cryptographic security services. The Microsoft® Windows® 2000 , Windows XP, and the Windows Server 2003 family implementations of IPSec are based on standards developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) IPSec working group.

IPSec is the long-term direction for secure networking. It provides aggressive protection against private network and Internet attacks through end-to-end security. The only computers that must know about IPSec protection are the sender and receiver in the communication. In Windows XP and the Windows Server 2003 family, IPSec provides the ability to protect communication between workgroups, local area network computers, domain clients and servers, branch offices (which might be physically remote), extranets, and roving clients.

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