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A Comparison of Internet Protocol (IPv6) Security Guidelines

Institute of Information Systems, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Spandauer Str. 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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Future Internet 2014, 6(1), 1-60;
Received: 5 November 2013 / Revised: 10 December 2013 / Accepted: 12 December 2013 / Published: 10 January 2014
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The next generation of the Internet Protocol (IPv6) is currently about to be introduced in many organizations. However, its security features are still a very novel area of expertise for many practitioners. This study evaluates guidelines for secure deployment of IPv6, published by the U.S. NIST and the German federal agency BSI, for topicality, completeness and depth. The later two are scores defined in this paper and are based on the Requests for Comments relevant for IPv6 that were categorized, weighted and ranked for importance using an expert survey. Both guides turn out to be of practical value, but have a specific focus and are directed towards different audiences. Moreover, recommendations for possible improvements are presented. Our results could also support strategic management decisions on security priorities as well as for the choice of security guidelines for IPv6 roll-outs. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet; IPv6; deployment; security Internet; IPv6; deployment; security

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Hermann, S.; Fabian, B. A Comparison of Internet Protocol (IPv6) Security Guidelines. Future Internet 2014, 6, 1-60.

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