Agencies must enable the use of IPv6, the next generation of Internet Protocols, on internal and external networks by the end of fiscal 2014, but the Veterans Affairs Department plans to take the process a step further by turning off IPv4 on Oct. 1, 2014.
“That’s a real line in the sand,” said Steve Pirzchalski, VA’s IPv6 program manager.
Running the two protocols side-by-side would introduce unneeded complexity into the network, Pirzchalski said Oct. 13 at a conference on IPv6 hosted by the Digital Government Institute. “Leaving Version 4 on forever is going to introduce a security problem.”
via Government Security News, continued here.