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Comments Requested on Draft Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2010

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Contact: Evelyn Brown

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on draft guidelines for network engineers and administrators for the secure implementation of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), the next generation Internet Protocol.

Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6 (NIST Special Publication 800-119) describes and analyzes IPv6’s new and expanded protocols, services and capabilities, including addressing, DNS, routing, mobility, quality of service, multihoming, and IPsec. For each component, there is a detailed analysis of the differences between IPv4 and IPv6, the security ramifications and any unknown aspects. The document characterizes new security threats posed by the transition to IPv6 and provides guidelines on IPv6 deployment, including transition, integration, configuration and testing. It also addresses more recent significant changes in the approach to IPv6 transition.

NIST requests comments on Draft Special Publication 800-119 by April 23, 2010. The document can be downloaded from http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/PubsDrafts.html#800-119. Please submit comments to draft-sp800-119-comments@nist.gov with “Comments SP 800-119” in the subject line.