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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Standard or Specification

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Description: Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Specification Request for Comment (RFC-8200) is an Internet layer protocol that allows the transmission of blocks of data across packet-switched communication networks where sources and destinations are hosts identified by fixed length addresses.

IPv6 is the next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) version designated as the successor to IPv4 (RFC-791) and includes the following enhancements: expanded addressing capabilities (address size increase from 32 to 128 bits) to support more levels of addressing hierarchy and an increased number of addressable nodes; packet header format simplification to reduce processing and bandwidth cost of packet handling; improved support for future extensions and options; a new capability for requesting special handling of particular traffic flows by senders.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.12
Decision Date: 12/27/2022 at 05:45:19 UTC
Aliases: STD 86
Introduced By: TRMSP
Standards Body: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (12/27/2022 at 05:45:19 UTC).