DHS CISA exec on cybersecurity options and risks with IPv6

“The push to move the entire federal government to an IPv6-only architecture will be an enabler of cybersecurity capabilities like zero trust but can also open agency networks to new threats, officials leading transition efforts said Wednesday.

Federal agencies are under a new mandate to transition the majority of internet-connected systems from IPv4 to IPv6 by the end of fiscal 2025. Federal officials leading this effort have stressed the importance of making the transition, not only for ensuring systems can communicate with IPv6 devices, but also to improve modernization efforts and the cybersecurity of government networks…”

“Branko Bokan, a cybersecurity specialist with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, agreed but noted the transition will also bring new security concerns.

IPv6 ‘not only introduces and adds to the security of our networks and improves the security of networks,’ he said, ‘IPv6 also opens up this whole new world of new threat landscapes and threat service that we didn’t have to deal with.’

As the agency charged with leading cybersecurity efforts for the entire government, Bokan said CISA is working on three tasks to ensure IPv6 is a boon for agency security instead of a liability.

Those tasks include:

  • Guidance for federal agencies on implementing IPv6, including the Trusted Internet Connection 3.0 initiative.
  • Making sure all programs and services provided by or through CISA fully support IPv6.
  • Ensure that tools and services enable measuring the implementation of IPv6 across the federal enterprise…” Read the full article here.

Source: Officials: Federal Shift to IPv6 Brings New Cybersecurity Options and Risks – By Aaron Boyd, June 16, 2021. Nextgov.

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