-to-end security"> Aside from the benchmarks, parts of the government are working on other aspects of security, such as moving quickly to IPv6. Improving end-to-end security is one of the objectives set forth by the DOD in mandating an agencywide transition to IPv6 beginning this year. As of Oct. 1, procurement for all net-centric operations and warfare assets must be IPv6-compatible. However, the Pentagon is remaining quiet about the deployment and is not publicizing it as a model for other organizations to follow, much to the chagrin of IPv6 champions.Although IPv6 is not inherently more secure than IPv4, it comes with a mandatory security framework, promising fewer networking vulnerabilities. "There is no advantage from a security protocol perspective of IPv6 over IPv4," said Jim Bound, chair of the IPv6 Forum Technical Directorate. "The advantage of IPv6 is that the implementation has to have IPSec [IP Security]."
"Im not sure how much [the DOD deployment] will impact the public at large. If theyre not going to talk, I dont know if theres a big master plan [in the United States]," Alex Lightman, chairman of the IPv6 Summit, said, adding that the Pentagon opted not to issue a press release, despite keeping a high profile at last weeks summit here.