Future-proofing Broadband: IPv6 and Security Needs for Your Network

Chief technology officer, ISOC
Leslie Daigle, chief technology officer, ISOC

This post is by Leslie Daigle, chief Internet technology officer at ISOC.

Broadband networks are key to meeting our vision at the Internet Society. The Internet is for everyone. And key to broadband networks’ growth and health are network addresses, given the shrinking pool of old-school IPv4 addresses, and dealing with constant security threats. There are real and important advances on both fronts that we’re excited to bring to this, our third year at the Broadband World Forum.


By now you’ve heard about IPv6 – the not-so-new Internet Protocol that provides over 340 undecillion IP addresses – and we hope many of you have deployed it on your networks already.

Had you noticed that the world’s largest content is already available over IPv6 – including the top 5 Alexa websites: Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, Wikipedia? Netflix and YouTube both deliver content over IPv6 and they have a large share of bandwidth consumed on the global Internet.

And, while it’s been a slow start to IPv6 deployment, we’ve seen huge changes since our first trip to BBWF.

  • 2011: World IPv6 Day had just occurred where Google, Facebook, and Yahoo! enabled IPv6 on their main websites for a 24-hour ‘test flight’ (and then turned it off). Some broadband providers had begun their deployments, but numbers were limited and experience was just starting to grow.
  •  2012: World IPv6 Launch had begun and Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, YouTube, and Wikipedia, the five most-visited websites in the world, and thousands more had enabled IPv6 permanently. Broadband providers were rolling out substantial deployments.
  • 2013: A year+ after World IPv6 Launch, monthly measurements are showing real progress happening at ISPs, equipment manufacturers, website providers, and enterprise organizations all across the globe.

During the IP Evolution Track on Tuesday at BBWF, we’re putting together an IPv6-focused session that will bring together several operators to share their experiences on how they deployed IPv6, the challenges they faced and overcame, and the successes they’ve enjoyed since.

Moving network traffic from IPv4 to IPv6 is the only way to alleviate pressures caused by the global depletion of available IPv4 addresses and prevent the need for expensive and unreliable Carrier Grade NATs (CGNs).

Security Workshop

We also work in the area of Internet security – everything from domain name security to email security to general network security. High profile DDOS attacks disrupt operations and grab headlines (and not the good kind). Routing infrastructure abuses and even innocent misconfigurations can be quite disruptive to a network. And spam! We’re still trying to eliminate spam from our inboxes, avoid phishing scams, and figure out how to know if and when we can trust the source of the emails we get every day.

All of these issues cost time, money, and customer confidence; a secure and resilient network is vital to continuing your existing operations and growing your businesses. With so much interconnection and interdependency on the global Internet, we must manage risk collaboratively to achieve effective security for everyone. An open Internet unveils tremendous benefits for the economy and society in general, and for individual businesses in particular. But it also brings new security challenges and risks that must be managed carefully.

Join us in Content Hub 2 on Tuesday as experts in these areas discuss the latest security issues, possible and potential solutions, and how to protect your systems, networks, employees, and customers. We’ll also discuss the role of corporate responsibility in reducing risk to the overall Internet – even when there’s no immediate business case for “doing the right thing” for the future of the Internet.

Join Us

We hope to meet you at BBWF! Here’s a recap of where we’ll be:

·         Security Workshop

Content Hub 2 (Trade Show Floor)
Tuesday, 22 October
1:30PM – 3:00PM

·         IPv6 Session

During the IP Evolution Track
Tuesday, 22 October
4:45PM – 6:15PM

·         Internet Society Booth

Trade Show Floor
Stand #G14

·         Social Media

Twitter Handles: @isoctech and @deploy360
Hashtag: #isocbbwf

We’ll see you in Amsterdam!

About the Internet Society:

The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone. For more information, visit http://www.internetsociety.org.


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