Norway’s Cyber Security Centre Urges Firms to Ditch SSL VPNs for IPsec by 2025: Secure Your Business Now!

Ready to ditch your SSL VPN? Norway’s NCSC says it’s time to level up to IPsec with IKEv2 for a fortress-like connection. Get the scoop on why your business should make the switch by 2025. #CyberSecurityUpgrade

Hot Take:

Move over SSL VPN, Norway’s flexing its cyber muscles and telling businesses to switch to the chiseled security of IPsec and IKEv2. Because, apparently, using SSL is like trying to secure your house with a screen door—looks nice, might stop bugs, but won’t do squat against a burglar with a crowbar. And while you’re at it, throw in some 5G broadband for that extra security swagger.

Key Points:

  • Norwegian National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is waving goodbye to SSLVPN/WebVPN and advising businesses to adopt IPsec with IKEv2 or 5G broadband for secure remote access.
  • SSL VPNs are the convenient but not-so-secure cousin of the VPN family, with a history of vulnerabilities and exploits, like Fortinet’s SSL VPN credential exposures.
  • IPsec with IKEv2 offers a more standardized, smaller attack surface, though it’s not without its own flaws (just ask Ivanti).
  • Transition to the recommended tech should ideally be done by the end of 2025, and there are plenty of business VPN services already rocking this set-up.
  • TechRadar’s top VPN picks for businesses are… well, they’d tell you, but then they’d have to charge you.

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The VPN Security Fashion Police

The Norwegian NCSC is basically acting like the fashion police of the cybersecurity world, telling businesses their SSL VPNs are so last season. They're pushing everyone to get with the times and suit up in the sleek new IPsec with IKEv2. It's like swapping out your flip phone for a smartphone—sure, you might miss the satisfying snap closure, but it's time to upgrade.

The Flawed Convenience of SSL VPNs

SSL VPNs might be the comfy sweatpants of the security world—easy to slip into, but not exactly public-ready. They've got no open industry standard, which is just a fancy way of saying manufacturers are making up their own rules. And like leaving your house keys under the doormat, that's led to a spree of security no-nos.

A Tale of Two Vulnerabilities

It's not all sunshine and rainbows in IPsec land, either. Just ask Ivanti, which found its VPN solutions were more like a leaky faucet for malware and ransomware. But despite the occasional drip, the NCSC still thinks IPsec is the less leaky boat.

Business VPNs: The Cool Kids of Cybersec

TechRadar's been playing matchmaker, testing out over 100 VPN services to find businesses their perfect security soulmate. They've clocked in over 3,000 hours, which is a lot of swiping right in VPN terms, to make sure your business doesn't end up with a dud.

The Legal Stuff

Before you go all Wild West with your newfound VPN powers, TechRadar wants you to pinky promise you'll use them for good, not evil. Like, for catching up on your favorite show while on vacation, not for downloading the entire discography of your favorite band from some shady site. And if you've got a juicy story or tech gossip, hit up Chiara because she's all about that digital drama.
Tags: Authentication, encryption, IPsec IKEv2, Network Security, SSL/TLS, VPN, vulnerability management