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Pre-packaged test content accelerates IPv6 testing

Posted: 20 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:New Hampshire InterOperability Lab? network services testing? network protection device?

Mu Dynamics, Inc. and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), have just announced the availability of pre-packaged IPv6 test content for use by network equipment manufacturers, Tier-1 global service providers and government agencies.

Test content is required by the industry as many organizations are struggling to define and implement a testing strategy for the transition to IPv6. With IPv4 addresses projected to reach saturation by early 2011, organizations must to take action now. By utilizing these test assets, organizations can immediately start their IPv6 testing initiatives and benefit from industry optimum practices. Equipment manufacturers may also perform the tests required for the USGv6 Test Program before using the testing services delivered by UNH-IOL to assure first-time positive outcome.

Director of the UNH InterOperability Lab, Erica Johnson states, "The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab is pleased to make available the IPv6 test content to help organizations kick-start their IPv6 testing and certification initiatives for network protection devices. By using the same tests we use for the USGv6 Test Program, organizations can have confidence that they are leveraging industry best practice tests to mitigate the risk associated with the IPv6 transition."

UNH-IOL is an independent maker of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, and is one of only two accredited labs to provide USGv6 testing and certification services. Using the Mu Test Suite, UNH-IOL designed this test content for the Network Protection Device (NPD) testing service of the USGv6 test program. The test content includes 27 categories of tests for firewalls, application firewalls, IDSs and IPSs.

More specifically, the test content possesses ten of thousands of automated test cases comprising: functional verification tests that ensure that IPv6 implementations are compliant with the IETF specifications and best practices; Security tests that drive a wide range of known exploits and vulnerabilities to validate that the NPD can detect malicious content, port-scans and known attacks even when delivered over tunnels; Interoperability tests that insure the NPD will filter traffic based on standard IPv6 extension headers, TCP/UDP headers over IPv6, and all possible ICMPv6 types and codes.

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