NIST, UNH Develop Program for IPv6

Patrick Avery

IT Business Edge's Carl Weinschenk recently spoke with Timothy Winters, the senior manager at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, about the U.S. Government IPv6 Test Program, which is designed to help government buy equipment that is compliant with IPv6 standards. UNH-IOL worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology on creating a program of what capabilities they expect equipment to have.


The Knowledge Network has uploaded this Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government, which is in the public review stage (meaning it is not yet finalized). This standards profile is meant to: (a) define a simple taxonomy of common network devices; (b) define their minimal mandatory IPv6 capabilities and identify significant configuration options so as to assist agencies in the development of more specific acquisition and deployment plans; and, (c) provide the basis to further define the technical meaning of specific USG policies.


The NIST also has posted several other documents in the Knowledge Network. Here are a few.


Guidelines on Firewalls and Firewall Policy

NIST Contingency Planning Guide for IT Systems

Information Security Handbooks - A Guide for Managers

General Server Security Policy Guide

Enterprise Password Management Guide

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