nCircle Announces Support for IPv6 Detection

    nCircle's detection of IPv6 enabled devices accelerates preparation for a
    secure, cost-effective transition to next-generation IPv6 networks

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 /CNW/ -- nCircle, the leading provider of
agentless security risk and compliance management solutions, today announced
detection of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on Windows, Linux and UNIX
devices.  nCircle's detection of IPv6-enabled and IPv6-capable devices on
existing IPv4 networks enables government agencies, service providers and
enterprise customers to maintain the highest levels of proactive network
security in their preparations for a smooth and secure migration to IPv6
networks. IPv6 is the next-generation Internet protocol that will gradually
replace the current version, IPv4.
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    The US federal government's mandate to deploy IPv6 across all agencies by
June 2008 and increasing need worldwide for Internet connectivity continue to
drive demand towards a unified, future-proof IP infrastructure. IPv6 was
designed to eliminate the IP address space limitations of IPv4 and improve
network performance through routing advances. However, IPv6 can also introduce
a whole new set of security threats to the network that might go undetected by
security administrators without proper discovery tools.
    Many popular operating systems already support IPv6 by default.  In
contrast, very few security solutions have comprehensive support for the
advanced protocol, limiting the ability to filter and detect IPv6 traffic
accurately. Additionally, improperly configured security solutions may simply
ignore a security threat hidden inside IPv6 traffic, putting the entire
network at risk.  Furthermore, compromised IPv6 devices are able to
erroneously broadcast themselves as routers, exposing the entire internal
network to unauthorized access from within the organization as well as over
the Internet.  Organizations need a solution that accurately detects every
IPv6-capable device to maintain the highest levels of security as they prepare
to migrate their IPv4 networks to IPv6.
    nCircle now automatically detects and inventories Windows, Linux and UNIX
hosts with IPv6 capabilities with unprecedented accuracy.  This helps
administrators to identify at-risk IPv6 hosts on their existing IPv4 networks,
gather unparalleled security risk information about them, and intelligently
prioritize remediation efforts to maintain the highest levels of security
while ensuring a smooth and secure transition to next generation IPv6
    "There is nothing more important to our customers than knowing what is on
their networks so they can make fully-informed decisions," said Sheldon Malm,
Director of Security Research & Development, nCircle VERT.  "nCircle's support
for IPv6 detection today enables customers to prepare for a successful
migration to IPv6 tomorrow."
    nCircle solutions utilize an ever-growing library of operating system,
application, configuration and vulnerability checks developed by nCircle VERT
(Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team).  nCircle VERT is widely recognized
as the world leader in researching and producing the most accurate and
least-intrusive agentless discovery in the industry. Additionally, nCircle
offers the industry's only 24-hour SLA to deliver vulnerability checks within
24 hours for all Microsoft Security Advisories. This is especially significant
as IPv6 continues to become a big a part of Microsoft's server technology.
    "Continuing our history of market leadership and technological
innovation, nCircle delivers practical, robust security for advanced
networking protocols," said Tim Keanini, Chief Technology Office, nCircle. "By
supporting IPv6, nCircle enables customers to leverage their investment in our
solutions across their entire IPv4 infrastructures to proactively set the
stage for migration to IPv6."

    About nCircle
    nCircle is the leading provider of agentless security risk and compliance
management solutions. More than 3,500 enterprises, government agencies and
service providers around the world rely on nCircle's proactive security
solutions to identify, measure, manage and reduce security risk and automate
compliance on their networks. nCircle has won numerous awards for growth,
innovation and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100
best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in
San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the USA and in London,
Toronto and Tokyo. Additional information about nCircle is available at

    nCircle is a registered trademark of nCircle Network Security, Inc. All
other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their
respective owners

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