Editor’s Note: This interview with Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek was originally recorded on March 29th.
You’re probably not aware of it, but a major transformation is taking place on the Internet. We’ve exhausted the approximately 4.3 billion available addresses for IPV4 – Internet Protocol Version 4 – the Internet’s lingua franca. (Roughly 98% of all Internet traffic.)
With billions of new, intelligent devices set to join the global Internet in the next decade, a new addressing scheme was needed. Enter Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6), which will create a practically inexhaustible supply of new addresses and some much needed, new security features that can prevent man in the middle attacks, ARP poisoning and a host of other ills.
But organizations that have the luxury of waiting to upgrade their networks should do so, says Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek in this exclusive interview with The Security Ledger. From vulnerability scanning to reputation blacklists, IPV6 will change ground rules by which organizations secure their IT environments. In the meantime, organizations may find themselves struggling to adapt tried and true technologies to the massive scale of the new Internet addressing scheme.
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