A major transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is under way, now that the pool of available IPv4 addresses has been exhausted. Organizations of all sizes need to understand their preparedness for IPv6, as some legacy devices will never support IPv6 and will need to be replaced. It's essential that organizations deploy network security devices that can deliver the same level of protection for IPv6 content as IPv4.
Fortinet has been a leader in the network security industry with its early support of IPv6, achieving both IPv6-Ready and JITC certifications in 2008. We also earned USGv6 certification in 2011. Because of our commitment to two important customer segments, global telecommunications carriers and the US government, IPv6 compliance has always been a priority for us.
FortiOS™, our purpose-built operating system for the FortiGate™ family of consolidated security appliances, delivers the same core network security technologies via IPv6 as it does via IPv4. To be able to support both IPv4 and IPv6, FortiOS implements a dual stack architecture that recognizes and separately routes both IPv4 and IPv6. In addition to routing, most vital FortiOS network and content protection security features are now fully supported in IPv6.
FortiOS uses IPv6 firewall policies to provide UTM protection for IPv6 traffic. Antivirus, web filtering, FortiGuard Web Filtering, email filtering, FortiGuard Email Filtering, data leak prevention (DLP), and VoIP protection features can be enabled in IPv6 firewall policies using normal FortiOS UTM profiles for each UTM feature. This protection is transparent to IPv6 Users.
Fortinet delivers hardware-accelerated IPv6 support with its FortiGate-5000 series chassis-based devices, FortiGate-3000 series appliances and the FortiGate-1240B appliance. BreakingPoint validated the FortGate-5140 chassis' ability to deliver high performance protection for IPv6 traffic as IPv4.