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A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government available for a 30 day public comment period.

February 19th, 2007

The American Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have released a special publication NIST SP 500-267 A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government – Version 1.0 (DRAFT), which aims to provide a profile to assist [US] federal agencies in developing plans to acquire and deploy products that implement Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
The objective of the profile is to:
(a) define a simple taxonomy of common network devices;
(b) define their minimal mandatory IPv6 capabilities and identify significant options so as to assist agencies in the development of more specific acquisition and deployment plans; and,
(c) provide the basis to further define the technical meaning of specific policies.
The findings reported in the profile include
1. A core set of IPv6 standards & capabilities.
2. the need for product testing services to ensure the confidence and to protect the investment of early IPv6 adopters.
3. The current state of IPv6 security technologies and operational knowledge.
4. The manner for accommodating the USG technical and process requirements in a distinct profile and testing program.
5. Identification of aome key IPv6 design issues which remain unresolved.
This NIST SP 500-267 is available at: (app/pdf)