Gartner Research

Are Your Security Controls Ready for IPv6?

Published: 01 December 2016

ID: G00303740

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch


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


  • 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


Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.