One starting point is to deploy IPv6 alongside IPv4. Others are to start on time, make decisions concerning the deployment and set up a project. Another is to start on a small scale, starting at the periphery and working towards the core.
Deploy IPv6 in four phases IPv6 requires a systematic and controlled deployment for good accessibility and security. Four-phase deployment:
- Take stock: review the IT environment and investigate measures for a deployment that will maintain security and accessibility. Adapt procurement documentation with requirements for IPv6 and review the need for training.
- Plan: determine the type of addresses, produce an address plan, order IPv6 Internet connection. Procure new equipment and services and review processes, routines and security requirements.
- Activate: first activate IPv6 in the Internet connection, configure and commission firewalls and other network equipment. Then activate IPv6 in public e-services such as DNS, external websites and for email. After that, enable users on the internal network to access external IPv6 services on the Internet. Check and monitor the deployment.
- Manage: monitor, follow up, adapt and deal with disruptions.
Consequences in respect of accessibility, security and finances
Deploy and manage IPv6 with the same level of quality as IPv4. Take into consideration that security work is an ongoing process. An additional protocol entails increased complexity.
The cost of deployment depends on several factors. For example, the need for new hardware and software, the number of e-services, the size and complexity of the network, requirements for security and accessibility, training and the support of consultants.
Proposals for further work
The public sector should deploy IPv6 to make it possible to communicate with everyone on the Internet. This means an increased demand for products and services with IPv6, which will accelerate progress. PTS proposes that IPv6 should be considered in government framework contracts.
The Government has stated that public authorities should deploy IPv6 no later than 2013. To make this possible, PTS should be assigned to promote and follow up the deployment of IPv6 at government authorities.