Gartner Research

Are Your Security Controls Ready for IPv6?

Published: 01 December 2016

ID: G00303740

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch

Summary

IPv6 is already making its way into the enterprise and can no longer be ignored. Technical professionals planning the adoption of IPv6 need to account for gaps in functional parity of best-practice controls and mitigate the vulnerabilities of the IPv6 protocol.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • IPv6 Transition Architecture
  • The Two Perspectives of IPv6 Security
    • The Control Perspective
    • The Network Perspective
  • Urban IPv6 Myths
    • Your Organization Does Not Have an IPv6 Network
    • Built-In IPsec Support Makes IPv6 More Secure Than IPv4
    • Reconnaissance Attacks Do Not Work Under IPv6
    • Cryptographic Extensions Mitigate IPv6 Vulnerabilities on the Local Network
    • The Loss of NAT Equals an Increase in Attack Surface

Conclusion

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