Just returned from speaking at Internet Security Days 2013 (http://www.internet-security-days.com/agenda.php?day=Tuesday #ISD2013), at Phantasialand in Bruhl (Brühl) Germany, just 30 minutes south of Cologne (Köln) by rail.
My topic was IPv6-Enabled (Cyber-) Security, The Shifting Security Paradigm. The focus was to education the attendees on resilient networks, and how IPv6 plays a major role in accomplishing that task. Below are my slides.
Based on WordPress’s own public marketing page:
- 371 million people view more than 4.1 billion pages each month. https://en.wordpress.com/stats/
- WordPress.com users produce about 47.8 million new posts and 62.4 million new comments each month. https://en.wordpress.com/stats/
- They are #3 in the number of unique visitors behind Google and Facebook. http://automattic.com/work-with-us/
Based on observation and testing of WordPress:
- Page views for the last 3 months have been flat (https://en.wordpress.com/stats/traffic/).
- Has yet to register for IPv6 address space.
- Still does not support IPv6 for its blog, two years after its competitors, Google and Facebook.
- 71,400,000 results on Google are asking if and when IPv6 will be supported by WordPress.
Note to Matt Mullenweg: Are you planning on WordPress being the next BlockBusters? Kodak? Wang Computers? Should I and others begin migrating our blog entries to an organization that supports IPv6?
I am kind of tired of people from the EU and Asia being unable to view my blog! And getting the response from support “IPv6 is on our roadmap, but we are unable to tell you when it will be implemented”. Seems the inability to provide even approximate dates makes your roadmap in supporting IPv6 more a dream then a plan.
By the way, I am a paying customer…
Just finished Kenneth Geers book, “Strategic Cyber Security”, and finally discovered someone agrees with me about IPv6!
“This research suggests that IPv6 has the potential to be a more influential factor in strategic cyber security than three current cyber attack advantages, including asymmetry and inadequate cyber defense. This result is the most significant revelation in this study. Two powerful IPv6 attributes. First, IPv6 is extremely resistant to outside influence, so it is more “reliable” than other factors in the system. Second, IPv6 influences the single most powerful cyber attack advantage, anonym ity, at a “very high” level. These factors combine, via indirect influence calculations, to radiate the impact of IPv6 throughout the system and to magnify its importance. Thus, for decision makers, this research suggests that IPv6 is currently the single most efficient way to change the dynamics of strategic cyber security in favor of cyber defense.”
“IPv6 is the most likely to have a tangible impact on reducing the key advantages of a cyber attacker, and thus it is the most likely strategy to improve a nation’s strategic cyber defense posture. The simple reason is that it can reduce the most influential advantage of a cyber attacker, anonymity, and it does so with a higher degree of reliability than the other factors in this research. Thus, the influence of IPv6 grows over time and impacts all other factors in strategic cyber security”
For the last year, I have been reading many books about start-ups. Currently I am reading a book called “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”; a book which in October 2011, debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Seller list, with CNBC stating that it had “already [become] a must-read for any entrepreneur”.
Throughout this and other books, I see the topic of security risks and protecting customer Information ignored and dismissed.
I guess the meme IBGYBG (I’ll be gone, you’ll be gone) discussed in Thomas L. Friedman’s “Why How Matters”, The New York Times, October 14 2008, applies to the security of business systems and networks.
To paraphrase Mr. Friedman with a security spin, “We got away from the basics — from the fundamentals of prudent security, where the company or organization maintains some kind of personal responsibility for, and personal interest in, whether the person receiving the private data can actually protect it. Instead, we fell into what some people call YBG IBG security: “you’ll be gone and I’ll be gone” before the compromises happen.
What do you think B-School graduates, ‘C-Suite’ set and entrepreneur community? Am I being too hard?
Slide deck for my presentation at Hope 9: IPv6 Now! What Does This Mean?
Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.
We’re proud to be one of the founding participants in World IPv6 Launch (worldipv6launch.org/), taking place June 6 at 12am GMT. The current Internet is running out of room and IPv6 is crucial to keeping the Internet growing and sustainable.
In advance of the launch, we’re holding a Hangout on Air tomorrow, June 5, at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 7pm GMT. Join Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and one of the Internet’s “founding fathers,” Google IPv6 engineers +Lorenzo Colitti and +Erik Kline, Comcast IPv6 architect +John Jason Brzozowski and Cisco fellow +Mark Townsley to discuss IPv6, why we need it and how it benefits the Internet. Tune in tomorrow to watch, and get ready for the next version of the Internet!
IPv6 Launch Day: ISOC-DC Panel Event
When: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 5:30 PM – Wed, Jun 6, 2012 8:30 PM
Where: Verisign’s DC Conference Room 1666 K Street NW Fourth floor, Suite 410 Washington, DC
Free EventBrite Registration Required: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3654332206 Hosted by Verisign (near the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations)
5:30 – 6:30 reception/networking 6:30 – 8:00 program 8:00 – 8:30 networking
More than ten years ago, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) developed the IPv6 protocol to dramatically expand the number of Internet Protocol addresses available with the IPv4 protocol and provide new features in the key standard that encodes the packets of data that carry everything transmitted over the Internet. Despite the fact that we are running out of IPv4 addresses, which is complicating operations of the Internet, many computer companies, Web companies, and Internet Service Providers have not embraced the IPv6. What’s holding them back? Why are only about 10 percent of networks using IPv6 today? What does IPv6 mean for the average Internet user? The new protocol is essential for development of the Internet of Things, ad hoc networks, and other exciting new uses of the Internet. What are the early adopters doing with the new capabilities offered by IPv6? Help us celebrate IPv6 Launch Day on June 6 and learn about efforts to realize the full benefits of the next version of the Internet (http://www.worldipv6launch.org/).
Moderator: Michael R. Nelson – Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum, and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Richard Jimmerson, Internet Society http://www.internetsociety.org/who-we-are/staff/mr-richard-jimmerson
Joe Klein, Security Researcher at IPv6 Cyber Security Forum and Cyber Security Principal Architect at QinetiQ North America http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joe-klein/1/744/3a9
Michael Gibbs – Network Architect at VeriSign http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-gibbs/6/538/777 Location: Verisign’ DC Conference Room 1666 K Street NW, 4th Fl, Suite 410 Washington, DC