Security in an IPv6 Environment

Daniel Minoli, Jake Kouns

December 16, 2008 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 288 Pages - 56 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420092295 - CAT# AU2294


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  • Provides an accessible primer on IPv6
  • Discusses general security mechanisms and approaches, including the fundamental topic of IPv6 security
  • Explains the IPSec Authentication Header (AH) and Encapsulating Security Protocol (ESP), and the use of these protocols in IPv6 environments
  • Elaborates on extension headers and fragmentation, neighbor discovery issues, DNS issues, NATs, packet filtering, and Teredo
  • Examines firewall use in IPv6 environments, including use of host-based and distributed firewalls


Analyze Key Security Mechanisms and Approaches with this practical primer, the first book on the market to cover critical IPv6 security considerations.

Dan Minoli, author of over 50 books on telecommunications and networks, and Jake Kouns, Chairman, CEO and CFO of the Open Security Foundation, discuss IPv6 security vulnerabilities, considerations, and mechanisms, and survey approaches for ensuring reliable and controlled IPv6 migration. The authors pool knowledge from industry resources, RFCs, and their own considerable security experience, discussing key IPv6 features, security issues, and potential exploitation of IPv6 protocol. They examine use of firewalls and encryption, and the fundamental topic of IPSec in IPv6 environments.

Protect Networks from New and Growing Threats

An increasing amount of mission-critical commercial and military operations are supported by distributed, mobile, always-connected, hybrid public-private networks, especially IPv6-based networks. The number of attackers or inimical agents continues to grow, and all computing environments must feature high-assurance security mechanisms. Even administrators in pure IPv4 environments require at least a rudimentary understanding of IPv6 security principles to safeguard traditional networks. This comprehensive book explains why security savvy approaches are indispensible and includes considerations for mixed IPv4 and IPv6 migration environments. More than an exhaustive treatment of IPv6 and security topics, this text is a point of departure for anyone adjusting to this technological transition and subtending security considerations.

About the Authors

Daniel Minoli, director of terrestrial systems engineering for SES Americom, has done extensive work with IPv6, including four books on the subject.

Jake Kouns (CISSP, CISA, CISM), director of information security and network services for Markel Corporation, is also co-founder and president of the Open Security Foundation.