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The pros far outweigh the cons, according to Michael Wheeler, executive vice president of the NTT Communications Global IP Network at NTT America in Redmond, Wash. “V6 has a number of inherent benefits, especially if you look at the prospect of every networked device in the world having its own unique identifier, which provides a much higher level of security than what V4 does today. Encapsulation creating a doorway is certainly a concern that needs to be addressed, but I think we can deal with that.”
Wheeler urges partners to “skill-up” on IPv6. The expertise will become more valuable as time goes on, and Wheeler believes it will be instrumental in preventing distributed denial of service attacks.
“DDOS attacks have gotten more sophisticated and the volume has grown over time,” he said. “If v6 were the default protocol, we’d be in a better condition to deal with those threats.”
Overall, the general consensus is that channel partners need to take a comprehensive look at their customers’ security measures. Be sure that the security devices support IPv6 and that the proper features and security policies are enabled.
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