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Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)

IP Security (IPsec) is a suite of related protocols for cryptographically securing communications at the IP Packet Layer. IPsec also provides methods for the manual and automatic negotiation of security associations (SAs) and key distribution, all the attributes for which are gathered in a Domain of Interpretation (DOI). The IPsec DOI is a document containing definitions for all the security parameters required for the successful negotiation of a VPN tunnel—essentially, all the attributes required for SA and IKE negotiations. See RFC 2407 and RFC 2408 for more information.

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