April 2, 2007

Guideline Developed for e-Government IPv6 System

Aiming to promote IPv6-ready e-Government from this year, MIC today established its IPv6 e-Government System Guideline, which government ministries and agencies should refer to in developing their plans for transitioning to the IPv6 e-Government system, and distributed the guideline to the ministries and agencies.
* IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) is the next-generation Internet protocol.

[Background]
The environment that enables us to use IPv6 has recently been established, as development of devices and software for IPv6, including Windows Vista, has almost been completed.
In the meantime, the automatic setting function of IPv6, which automatically performs communications using IPv6, may impair the current e-Government functionality.
Additionally, IPv4 addresses may run out by 2010 due to the increase of Internet users around the world, forcing new users to use IPv6 only.
Under these circumstances, IPv6 readiness must be promptly established for the "e-Government system."

[Objectives]
Early launch of the preparation phase for the IPv6 environment
(1) Readying devices for IPv6 while upgrading software that is currently available on IPv4 only
(2) Preventing devices on the information systems from conducting unexpected communications by controlling IPv6 communications
* The preparation phase for the IPv6 environment means the phase when communications are controlled so that "IPv6 communications will not be conducted."

[Guideline]
See the attached (PDF).

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