Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fluke Adds IPv6 Discovery and Management Capabilities to OptiView Analyzer

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Fluke Networks (News - Alert) has launched a new version of its OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer. The company claims that with new IPv6 discovery and management capabilities their new launch is the first portable network analyzer to identify and analyze IPv6 enabled devices and networks, including IPv6-IPv4 tunneling that could represent a security risk.


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A large number of organizations have IPv6 enabled on their systems by default but don't know it, according to Joe Klein, a security researcher with Command Information, a provider of next-generation networking services to Fortune 1000 and government entities. The companies also don’t have protection in place to block malicious traffic, as some intrusion detection systems and firewalls aren't set up to monitor IPv6 traffic. The unprotected systems present an avenue through which outsiders can attack their networks undetected.

Jerry Edgerton, CEO, Command Information, informed that their company tested the OptiView analyzer’s ability to identify and manage IPv6 addressing. The company found that the OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer is in full compliance with all IPv6 addressing requirements.

By using advanced active discovery techniques and active testing, the new OptiView analyzer identifies and document devices utilizing IPv6, said the company. Users are thus able to quickly recognize devices that are using IPv6, identify open IPv6 ports, expose IPv6 through IPv4 tunneling and differentiate legitimate tunneling from a security breach.

Fluke Networks point out that the new capabilities of the OptiView analyzer will also benefit organizations deliberately deploying IPv6. Through OptiView, businesses can analyze IPv6 router advertisements, and spot global and self-assigned link local addresses that cause configuration issues between network devices.

Additionally, the new version of the OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer offers an option for full analysis of 802.11n WLANs. As the product now includes coverage of all wireless network technologies (802.11 a/b/g/n), it has become the only tool needed for both wired and wireless troubleshooting and analysis.

The OptiView analyzer’s latest version also features enhanced VoIP and wireless device discovery that enables the discovery of IP phones and IP PBXs from all major VoIP manufacturers, including Cisco, Nortel (News - Alert), Avaya and Mitel. Fluke Networks adds that detailed wireless LAN analysis is now available from the wired side of the network, which identifies WLAN controllers, lightweight access points, intelligent access points and wireless clients.

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