From The Editor - The Internet Protocol Journal - Volume 1, No. 1

Welcome to the first edition of The Internet Protocol Journal (IPJ). This publication is designed to bring you in-depth technical articles on current and emerging Internet and intranet technologies. We will publish technology tutorials, as well as case studies on all aspects of internetworking.

Our first article is a detailed look at Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Many organizations are turning to VPNs as a cost-effective way to implement enterprise networking, but the industry has not yet settled for a single approach, nor even a single definition of the VPN concept. The article by Paul Ferguson and Geoff Huston is in two parts. Part II will follow in our second issue, due out in September.

When the Internet Protocol suite (TCP/IP) was first designed, security was not a major consideration. Indeed, the primary goal in the early days of networking was sharing of information among academics and researchers. Today, TCP/IP is being used for mission-critical applications and for the emerging area of electronic commerce. As a result, security mechanisms are being added at all levels of the protocol stack. In this issue, we take a closer look at the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which is used for Web transactions. William Stallings explains how SSL works and how it is becoming the standard for Web security. If you want to learn about computer networks, many options are available, including conferences, journals, standards documents, Web sites, glossaries and, of course, books. Our Fragments page gives you some pointers for further reading, and every issue will include at least one book review.

A detailed description of the scope of this journal can be found on page 30 in our Call for Papers. We want your input in this new publication. Please send comments, suggestions or questions to You may also use this address to request a complimentary copy of the next issue of IPJ. If you would like to write an article, send me e-mail and I will send you author guidelines.

Ole J. Jacobsen, Editor and Publisher