The 3rd Slovenian IPv6 Summit was held last week in Ljubljana, Slovenia. At the summit, Erion’s David Holder gave a presentation showing how critical IPv6 training is for the successful deployment of IPv6.
Erion has provided IPv6 training for well over a decade and as a result has a wealth of experience in the delivery of IPv6 training. Over this period, Erion has trained many different types of personnel including, senior strategists, research and development engineers, software engineers, global standards experts, network managers, systems administrators and others. Our clients include many well-known companies, such as, 3Com, Atos Orign, Arbor Networks, Cisco, EMC, Frontporch, The International Telecommunications Union, Level 3, Orange and Research in Motion.
Over the previous twelve years of providing IPv6 training Erion has learned a number of key lessons. First and foremost we have learned how essential IPv6 training is even for the most experienced and knowledgeable delegates. Whilst IPv6 has much in common with IPv4, IPv6 is different in a number of critical ways. For some, a lifetime of experience of IPv4, has to be overturned in order to understand IPv6 properly. Training is key to this process. Examples of areas that must be understood properly are IPv6 addressing and IPv6 security.
IPv6 addressing is very different from IPv4 addressing. It is crucial that this is understood fully. In the presentation, Dr Holder showed how many different types of addresses there are in IPv6 and how this impacts on DNS and other services. Understanding which addresses should be used and which addresses should not be used in DNS is very important in order to avoid name resolution issues causing problems that may give IPv6 a bad reputation. Problems are avoidable but a proper understanding of the issues involved is necessary. This was illustrated by the Case Study of Erion’s work with the Malaysian domain registry organisation in the migration of the .my country code top level domain (.my) to IPv6.
Many think that if they are not using IPv6 then there is no need to be concerned about IPv6 security. This is not the case. As Dr Holder pointed out, many are using IPv6 without being aware of it. This is because most modern operating systems have IPv6 enabled by default and many include transition techniques that provide an IPv6 connection to the IPv6 Internet over IPv4 even when they are behind multiple layers of NAT and firewalls. This means that so called “IPv4-only-networks” must be secured against attacks via IPv6. Therefore all organisations, even those with no IPv6 deployment, must understand and implement IPv6 security measures. In the presentation, Dr Holder showed how Erion provided IPv6 Security training and consultancy to the Malaysian Domain Registry in order for them to successfully past an IPv6 security audit by their national IPv6 auditor.
In conclusion, David Holder also related his personal experience of delegates on Erion’s IPv6 training courses and the benefits the training brought at many levels.
The presentation can be found at IPv6 Training Case Study IPv6 Enabling Malaysias .my Domain.
Further information on Erion’s comprehensive range of world-leading IPv6 training courses can be found at http://www.erion.co.uk/IPv6Training/.