Agilent Validates Firewall Performance for IPv6 with Test Equipment

3/24/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) demonstrated that its security and content networking-performance tester is the first to validate firewall performance for IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6). The NetworkTester can be used to identify and solve IPv6 implementation issues, such as the shielding of networks from IPv6-based Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. Working with more than 20 major equipment vendors, network operators and branches of the U.S. military, Agilent was instrumental in testing interoperability and measuring the security and performance of IPv6 network equipment, enabling reduced IPv6 implementation time and increased confidence that network security equipment is IPv6-ready.

IPv6 is the next-generation protocol defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force to replace the current version, IPv4. Due to shortages in addressing space and the requirements of emerging mobile services, a next-generation protocol is needed to ease network configuration and provide improved network security. The longer addresses and optional authentication and encryption capabilities of IPv6 require developers of firewalls and other application-aware devices to develop new hardware and software. Testing whether a device or network can perform with real application traffic is critical prior to deployment.

"We worked closely with Agilent using NetworkTester to validate our cutting-edge FireWall-1 capabilities for IPv6 networks," said Jonathan Appel, IPv6 technology leader from Check Point Software Technologies, a leading provider of perimeter, internal and Web security solutions. "Check Point's FireWall-1 with Application-Intelligence technology is critical to protect enterprises from security threats such as Internet worms."

At the Moonv6 event, the NetworkTester demonstrated the emulation of application protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, and POP3 combined with IPv6 support, allowing users to simulate IPv6-capable hosts and services running hundreds of thousands of transactions per second of realistic applications.

"Agilent enables manufacturers and service providers to verify the stability and performance of IPv6 network designs and security devices such as firewalls, e-mail spam and virus filters, and intrusion detection/prevention tools under real-world conditions," said Dave Bass, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Data Networking Division. "By reducing IPv6 implementation time and increasing confidence in network security equipment, Agilent helps speed IPv6 readiness for next-generation networks."

"Verifying and demonstrating security appliance functionality is a critical part of IPv6 network deployment," said Ben Schultz, managing engineer at the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab. "One of the goals of Moonv6 is to demonstrate the resiliency and reliability of IPv6 devices that filter and switch based on content."

Agilent's NetworkTester's layer 4-7 protocol test capabilities complement the layer 2-3 capabilities of Agilent's RouterTester 900, providing Moonv6 participants with the first complete solution for testing IPv6 equipment and networks. Beta software is available now. Agilent N4180A customers will be able to upgrade their equipment for testing IPv6 in the third quarter of 2004.

Further information about Agilent's NetworkTester is available at

About Moonv6
Spanning multiple locations across the United States, the Moonv6 project ( is a collaborative effort between the North American IPv6 Task Force (NAv6TF), the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab, various U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agencies, and Internet2. IPv6 adoption is being fueled by the impending IPv4 address shortage, new applications such as multicast-based streaming video, EU legislation, and DoD mandate. More information is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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