• A regional Internet registry (RIR) is an organization that manages the allocation and registration of Internet number resources — including Internet IP addresses — within a particular region of the world. The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is the RIR for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. RIPE NCC has established a news and education website supporting IPv6 adoption at www.ipv6actnow.org. While focused on IPv6 adoption within its region, the website provides a substantial amount of plain-language information and guidance that is applicable to IPv6 readiness anywhere.
For security systems technology, preparing for IPv6 involves:
• Determining the IPv6-ready status of currently-deployed security technology;
• Identifying the deployed technologies that will likely be impacted by IPv6 enabled solutions;
• Knowing where IPv6 is on security technology vendor roadmaps;
• Leveraging modern network services to established well-managed security system networks; and
• Paralleling the IPv6 readiness of the IT department.
Determining the IPv6-ready status for products means supporting IPv6 addressing and related protocols — especially security protocols. There is no reason not to start asking vendors about their IPv6-ready status and IPv6 roadmap.
Rodney Thayer is an independent network researcher who focuses on network attack and defense issues as they relate to business infrastructure. Current security research (exploit development) includes product and infrastructure evaluations, and training/lecturing on computer security topics. Mr. Thayer’s background is in engineering, deployment, and evaluation of computer and network security solutions. He has experience in implementing a variety of network protocols and solutions including early IPSec and SSL systems.