AEAAVT: an Adaptive and Extendible Assurance Assessment and Validation Tool for IPv6 Transition Mechanisms

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Intelligent Automation, Inc.
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 Peng Xie
 Chief Eng.-Firmware/Tech.
 (301) 294-5218
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 Mark James
Title: Executive VP & Managing D
Phone: (301) 294-5221
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IPv6 transition mechanisms may damage the security of the network if not deployed appropriately. In this proposal, we present an adaptive and extendible assurance assessment and validation tool (AEAAVT) to address this challenging problem.  AEAAVT is an automatic assurance assessment and validation tool for IP v6 transition mechanisms.  AEAAVT combines probe-based measurement and penetration-based measurements to accurately and completely detect the dual-stack nodes and tunnels in the network. Moreover, AEAAVT enables the network administrator to efficiently assess the risk and locate the damage caused by the IPv6 transition mechanisms.  Additionally, AEAAVT adopts close to real-scenario penetration to accurately assess the security of the network. BENEFIT: The proposed adaptive and extendible assurance assessment and validation tool provides a feasible solution to the security problems caused by the IPv6 transition mechanisms. The architecture and implementation approaches can be applied to a broad range of military networks including war-time command and control, real-time surveillance network, homeland security, etc. Other potential commercial applications include border and coast patrol, law enforcement agency, emergency control center and various civil applications. In essence, the ideas, methods and models resulting from this effort will be applicable to virtually all networks where IPv6 co-exists with IPv4. The market is quite large and still developing due to the IPv6 transition. The aggregated commercial market size can be much larger than that of military applications. IAI is more than a think tank, and we have actively pursued with our partners the application of our technologies into actual products in the past. For this proposed effort, in particular, we strongly believe that our work provides the solution needed in practice. It is also reasonable to expect a source of revenue from service contracts related with the actual development of such product of admission control. In addition, IAI will closely work with our partners and collaborator companies such as Lockheed, Boeing, BAE systems, Raytheon, and Telcordia to transfer this technology into the military and commercial world.

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