SEC546: IPv6 Essentials

A session at SANS Security West 2013

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The first time I heard about IPv6, I heard about things like "unlimited address space", and "all your traffic will be encrypted". However, I knew little about the meaning of these statements. As I delved deeper into IPv6 and started to deploy it in some of my networks, I found that much of what was said about IPv6 was more myth than reality. Implementing IPv6, and in particular securing IPv6, turned out to be a much larger challenge then I originally planned. While many networks are already "IPv6 ready", you as a network administrator are likely not. This course should make you "IPv6 ready" as well.

The course covers various security technologies like firewalls and Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS). It also addresses the challenges in adequately configuring these systems and makes suggestions as to how apply existing best practices to IPv6. Upcoming IPv6 attacks are discussed using tools like the THC IPv6 attack suite and others as an example.This course will introduce network administrators and security professionals to the basic concepts of IPv6. While it is an introduction to IPv6, it is not an introduction to networking concepts. You should understand and be aware of the basic concepts of IPv4, and networking in general. It is an ideal refresher if you took SEC503 Intrusion Detection in Depth. However, you do not need to know IPv4 in the full detail in which it is presented in SEC503. The networking and IPv4 principles taught in SEC401 Security Essentials should prepare you for this course.

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Date Wed 15th May 2013

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