World IPv6 Day 2012

Will there be any difference between World IPv6 Day 2011 and 2012? What activities or events will be different or of particular interest in 2012?

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There is a major difference between Wolrd IPv6 Day in 2011 and World IPv6 Launch Day in 2012 and that is that 2011 was a test day. The participants have enabled full IPv6 access to their main domains for 24 test hours in order to find out what the issues are. June 8 in 2011 was announced to not be a normal day in the Internet and users were made aware, that possbly some things would not work as usual. The goal of the day was to identify how big the issues are and what needed to be done in order to go real with IPv6 Internet. Many participants have not noticed any issues and have left IPv6 enabled after June 8 2011 (I bellieve this was true for approx. 60% of the participants).

So now, on June 6, 2012 (6.6.2012), on IPv6 World Launch Day the participants including Google, Facebook, Bing and many others (to be seen on turn on IPv6 forever, the website says “the Future is forever”.

So make sure you are part of it and enjoy!

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  • Tessa Parmenter
    I was lucky enough to conduct an interview with Silvia Hagen about World IPv6 Launch Day. Here's a link to our full interview: What does World IPv6 Launch Day mean for you?
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  • IPv6 tests move to launching phase for World IPv6 Launch Day 2012 - Window on WANs
    [...] is no Internet authority, the next best thing is the Internet Society, and they have sponsored World IPv6 Launch Day – today, June 6, [...]
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  • What’s Your Security Plan for IPv6 Launch Day? | Salient Federal Blog
    [...] World IPv6 Launch Day 2012 has come and gone this month; during June we saw more than 3,000 major content providers and government agencies turn on content servers running over IPv6 connections and leave them on. Participating access providers are finally seeing a significant increase in IPv6 traffic across their networks now that there is a large amount of content available via IPv6. Now that we are really running IPv6 in production, we need to take a deeper look at security measures going into place. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued special publication 800-119 Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6 as a guide for managers, network engineers, transition teams and others to help them IPv6 securely. This publication is a foundation we use to help our federal and commercial clients integrate IPv6 while ensuring compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). For Department of Defense networks there is additional guidance Department of Defense Internet Protocol Version 6 Information Assurance Guidance for Milestone Objective 3 to ensure IPv6 is being integrated securely. My friend and co-author on occasion, Sheila Frankel, says that the guidance will “help avoid possible security risks that could occur during IPv6 transition”. “Most organizations will be running two protocols and that increases complexity, which in turn increases security challenges,” Frankel says. IT and security professionals need to read these documents and rapidly come up to speed on the security challenges in this transitional period. [...]
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