Fourth Annual ICSA Labs Forum Advances Security Standard for Next Generation of IP

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Global security designers successfully tested security standards for the next generation of IP at a workshop conducted by ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business.

ICSA Labs focused its fourth annual Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) forum, held recently in San Antonio, on testing how new products work with the latest security-related protocol, Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2).  The testing zeroed in on an emerging technology, IPv6, a next-generation protocol for the Internet with built-in security functionality.  The current worldwide standard is IPv4. 

The federal government has mandated that its agencies move to IPv6 by June 30.  IPv6 can allow for many more Internet addresses, enabling more devices to connect to the Internet.

"Our singular mission was to advance a new Internet security protocol for IPv6," said George Japak, managing director, ICSA Labs. "We want to help grow the Internet while making it safer.  As IKEv2 and IPv6 work together in close combination, enhancements in these critical technologies will help to pave the way for a safer Internet." 

Vendors testing their products with IKEv2 were IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, SafeNet, SonicWALL, strongSwan Project, TAHI Project and Xpressent.  Tests focused on certificate authentication, encryption and authentication algorithms, and use of an Internet protocol, known as MOBIKE, for remote users.  

"Events like this workshop contribute to the development of solutions that deliver the functionality, interoperability and security that corporate end-users require as they implement IPv6," said Simon Blake-Wilson, general manager, embedded security solutions, SafeNet. "SafeNet is dedicated to the development and maintenance of a portfolio of future-proof security solutions, and events like this are a great way for us to advance our research in this area."

For additional information on ICSA Labs' IPsec forum, including complete results from the IKEv2 Interoperability Workshop, visit www.icsalabs.com/ipsec.

About ICSA Labs
ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business, offers vendor-neutral testing and certification of security products.  Many of the world's top security vendors submit their products for testing and certification at ICSA Labs.  Businesses rely on ICSA Labs to authoritatively set and apply objective testing and certification criteria for measuring product compliance and reliability. For more information about ICSA Labs, please visit: http://www.icsalabs.com.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), operates the world's most connected public IP network and uses its industry-leading global-network capabilities to offer large-business and government customers an unmatched combination of security, reliability and speed.  The company integrates advanced IP communications and information technology (IT) products and services to deliver leading enterprise solutions including managed services, security, mobility, collaboration and professional services.  These solutions power innovation and enable the company's customers to do business better. For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.