Questioning IPv6 Security
by Laura DeNardis, Ph.D.
Published July 2006; Posted December 2006
IPv6 requires IPSec, so it’s more
secure than IPv4, right? Wrong and wrong.
One commonly cited rationale for upgrading to IPv6 is the claim that the newer Internet Protocol provides vastly improved security over IPv4. This article describes how conceptions of IPv6 as more secure than IPv4 are somewhat misleading and how implementation realities indicate that IPv6 can actually create a less secure enterprise network environment.
About the author:
Laura DeNardis is a computer networking and security analyst residing in Stamford, CT, and a 2006–2007 Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale University. She holds engineering degrees from Dartmouth (A.B.) and Cornell University (M.Eng.) and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech.
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