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While IPv6 has been a defined standard since 1998, the end-user adoption of this standard is minimal. Less than 1% of Internet peers utilize IPv6 in the course of normal operation. However, IPv6 support within operating systems and network routers is becoming commonplace. While IT personnel continue to be focused on IPv4, IPv6 capabilities may already be active by default on many Internet connected systems within an IT professional's environment. These IPv6 interfaces generate traffic which can bypass traditional controls based on IPv4 technology. Although IPv6 is likely to eclipse IPv4 as the dominant Internet protocol, the path to this state is disorganized and unclear. This state indicates that as IPv6 gains inertia as a legitimate Internet protocol, IT administrators need to be aware of and manage IPv6 traffic on their network with as much vigilance as they would apply to the more commonplace IPv4.
Kevin D. Wilkins, CISSP, Senior Network Engineer, iSecure LLC
After coursework at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Kevin’s professional experience includes ISP and VOIP operations. Kevin has 10 years of industry experience in system and network engineering and platform management. In the last few years, a focus on information security has brought his experiences together into a consolidated viewpoint of enterprise-wide security policy and implementation.
Peter Rounds, Senior Network Engineer, Syracuse University
Peter has been a Sr. Network Engineer at Syracuse University for 11 years. He is responsible for maintaining core network infrastructure consisting of Internet edge traffic identification/management, Internet BGP routing and security profile management, campus OSPF and security profile management, and data center network and security profile management. He is responsible for numerous security technologies for the University.