In November 2020, OMB issued memorandum M-21-07 "Completing the Transition to Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)", which outlines the Federal government's strategic intent "to deliver its information services, operate its networks, and access the services of others using only IPv6". This policy also instructed NIST to update and expand its USGv6 standards profile and test program to facilitate this government-wide initiative.
In anticipation of this request NIST and its partners undertook a significant revision of the USGv6 Profile and Test Program to update their technical specifications and to streamline their use in Federal procurement processes. USGv6-r1, the first major revision of the USGv6 Program, has several objectives:
The USG move toward IPv6-only network environments dramatically increases the need to assure the quality, completeness and interoperability of the IPv6 capabilities in IT products and services. While IPv6-only environments will greatly reduce the complexity of operating dual-stacked networks, it does imply that systems will not be able to rely on IPv4 as a fall back service. This revision to the USGv6 Profile and Test Program is aimed at providing the tools that agencies can use to protect future investments in IPv6 enabled products and services.
Follow on work for NIST will include updating existing IPv6 security guidance to address recent protocol advances and modern deployment scenarios and developing demonstration testbeds and practice guides focused on security for IPv6 enabled enterprises.