For many years now SAS/CONNECT software has allowed SAS ® users to make use of remote servers for data processing. However, in our modern day processing environments, security has become a very important issue that cannot be neglected. Within the SAS/CONNECT environment we have several encryption technologies available that will allow us to communicate securely between a client SAS session and a remote SAS session. Choosing the appropriate encryption technology will depend on the level of security that is required. Many of the common encryption algorithms that are utilized include RC2, RC4 DES, TripleDES and AES. The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of a particular encryption technology referred to as Secure Shell (SSH) Tunneling within the SAS/CONNECT environment. One of the great advantages of SSH is its flexibility and ease of use. SSH can be obtained through several commercial vendors as well as freeware (such as OpenSSH). The intended audience for this paper are SAS developers with a medium to advanced knowledge of SAS/CONNECT within the Microsoft Windows environment
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