Public sector to be IPV6-ready by end of 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- By the end of next year, all public sectors are expected to be IPv6-ready (Internet Protocol version 6) to replace the IPv4 (version 4) Internet addresses which has been depleted.

IPv6 is the new Internet Protocol adopted globally as the new IP platform, designed to solve problems of IPv4, especially the shortage of IP address.

Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) industry regulation and supervision chief officer Datuk Jailani Johari said, preparation for the migration process began in 2004.

The preparation included establishing the Monitoring Committee of the Implementation of IPv6 National which was chaired by the information communication and culture ministry.

Jailani said, the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit was given the role to drive and monitor the migration process by government agencies, while MCMC led the private sectors.

"The private sector is expected to be fully transformed to IPv6 by 2015," he told a press conference after opening the IPv6 Security Seminar 2012 at the University Malaya here today.

The seminar was organised to tackle and discuss major security issues restricting the rapid IPv6 implementation.

In a related matter, Johari said some organisations were not keen on the idea of migrating to IPv6, due to lack of understanding on the network security.

To tackle this problem, he said MCMC had established an IPv6 Centre of Excellence (CoE) led by the Malaysian Technical Standard Forum Berhad to provide awareness and promotion plan on the IPv6.

"The CoE is responsible for human capital development, monitoring the IPv6 implementation, giving consultation and also conducting research on development on IPv6 technology," he said.