Virtual private network (VPN)

Article ID: KB13215

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 12-14-2011


Product(s) Affected:

  • BES5
  • BlackBerry Internet Service
  • BlackBerry® smartphones

A virtual private network (VPN) is a secure method of connecting remote sites to private networks using public networking infrastructure rather than dedicated network cables. VPNs provide secure communications over unsecured networks, allowing organizations to increase the scope of their networks and reduce operational costs without compromising security. In addition, organizations may implement VPNs on private networks to increase security.

VPNs are an optional security measure for networks.

Organizations must consult their VPN administrator before implementing a VPN on their networks to ensure proper network access configuration. See the Wi-Fi Implementation Supplement for information on VPNs.

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Supported VPN vendors

  • Alcatel® 7130 Secure VPN Gateways
  • Avaya® VSU® Series of VPN Gateways
  • CheckPoint® Systems Software Technologies VPN-1
  • Cisco® VPN 3000 Concentrator Series
  • Cisco Secure PIX® Firewall VPN
  • Cisco IOS® with Easy VPN Server
  • Lucent® VPN Firewall Brick® Series
  • NetScreen® Systems Screen OS 
  • Nortel Networks® Contivity VPN Switch Series
  • Secure Computing® Sidewinder® Firewall
  • Symantec® Raptor Firewall and PowerVPN


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