Working from home securely and efficiently has become more relevant than ever before. The IPv6 Internet Protocol standard is playing an increasingly important role in this context. For IT managers, it can be beneficial to take part in qualified training such as that offered by TÜV Rheinland’s cybersecurity experts.

The new standard will arrive faster than you think

“IPv6? Yeah, sure – we’ve been talking about that for 20 years now. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

As an IT administrator, sentences like these aren’t exactly new to you. In fact, IPv6 – version 6 of the Internet Protocol and the successor of the currently used IPv4 standard – has been ready to go for many years and yet it seems that it is not really getting off the ground. But is that really true? What if you are suddenly confronted with it faster than you thought?

IPv6 – relevant for working from home

Some companies experienced this when lockdown began. Why? It was a time when many employees suddenly had to work from home. Thanks to VPN connections, i.e. virtual, self-contained communication networks, in most cases this is certainly possible without any problems. However, companies ran into problems because many Internet providers for private customers only offer native IPv6 with simultaneously tunneled IPv4. But if a company operates its VPN access point only via IPv4, connection problems and interruptions are a frequent occurrence. A tunnel within a tunnel does not function smoothly in some places. There’s only one solution: The central VPN gateway must also be accessible via IPv6. In some cases this needs to be done very quickly, for example if a member of a company’s management board is affected. And in no time, you are right in the thick of it because you need to be able to work with the new standard.

Implementing IPv6 – training specifically designed for IT managers

In order not to get into such situations unprepared, you should build up expertise in good time. Securing IPv6 networks requires sound planning and appropriate training, and you need to familiarize your IT and service staff with the new standard. TÜV Rheinland’s IT experts, for example, offer specific training on implementing IPv6 and the associated cybersecurity measures. In a two-day training course you will be introduced to all important aspects of the IPv6 standard and can familiarize yourself with using it. You will learn how to handle the new Internet Protocol before you use it productively and identify dependencies between implementing IPv6 and existing IT system landscapes at an early stage.

Focusing on the key topics

The course is aimed at network and security consultants, IT administrators and application developers who want to gain a deep insight into modern network technologies. Training covers the following topics:

  1. General implementation of IPv6: Protocol basics and differences to the outdated IPv4 standard
  2. IPv6 address plan: In a workshop, the participants create a first draft of their IPv6 address plan, which can be refined at a later time.
  3. IPv6 security: The training course includes various product examples from renowned security solution manufacturers, e.g. Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Cisco and F5, as well as examples from the perspective of end users/administrators in Windows (user) or Linux (server) systems.

More information:

If you are interested in receiving IPv6 training, please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer your specific inquiries. More information

Author

Johannes Weber

Johannes Weber

Senior Security Engineer

Johannes is a network security consultant at TÜV Rheinland i-sec GmbH. He has a master’s degree in IT-Security (thesis: IPv6 Security) and works with different network technologies such as IPv6, VPNs, DNSSEC, NTP, and Wireshark. At customer sites, Johannes works with next-generation firewalls, mail- and DNS-appliances, as well as classical routers/switches.

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