When moving to IPv6, beware the risks

Opening up networks and systems to the next generation of Internet Protocols entails some risk, which agencies should be aware of and prepared to mitigate as they comply with Office of Management and Budget Mandates to enable IPv6.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology identifies the likely risks and remedies in its Special Publication 800-119, “Guidelines for Secure Deployment of IPv6.”

“IPv6 can be deployed just as securely as IPv4, although it should be expected that vulnerabilities within the protocol, as well as with implementation errors, will lead to an initial increase in IPv6-based vulnerabilities,” the guidelines say. more