KOLKATA: The government plans to combat cyber crime more effectively with the Indian Registry for Internet Names & Numbers (IRINN) stepping up the process of allocating the latest version of internet addresses, popularly known as IPv6, in the country.
Since allocation of ‘internet protocol’ or IP resources is being done locally by IRINN, which is a division of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), it will now be easier to detect cyber crime as the database of registered internet addresses can be monitored real-time by security agencies,” said a top official in the department of electronics & information technology.
Till recently, all IP resources in India were allocated by the Australia-based regional internet registry, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), and this database wasn’t readily available to national security agencies. The IP address is a unique identifying number assigned to any device that communicates on the Internet.
And there are two IP versions – Versions 4 & 6, that currently co-exist.
“Unlike IPv4 (read: IP Version 4), which had a limited IP address book, the address capacity of IPv6 runs into trillions, which is why, it will be possible to allocate unique addresses to each device in India connected to the Net and detect any network security breach more effectively,” said NIXI chief, Dr Govind, who is also senior director in the department of electronics & information technology.
He, however, said the network security environment would be robust only if government ensures all devices plugged to the internet are IPv6-enabled. But battling cyber crime was a bigger challenge under the older IPv4 version due to its limited IP address pool.
“Often, a single IP address was assigned to multiple devices/users, making it difficult for a security agency to identify the actual end-user responsible for a network security breach,” added Govind.
Rajesh Charia, president of the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), claimed that besides a tighter network security environment, one of the biggest benefits of locally issuing internet addresses would be lower costs for software companies, telcos and ISPs.
“Cost savings will be huge. Customers acquring a entry-level block of IPv6 addresses from IRINN will pay less than a third or Rs 21,999 compared to A$1180 (or Rs 68,440) that APNIC would have charged,” said Charia. NIXI’s Govind agrees.
“The decision to keep IRINN’s pricing affordable is also aimed at hastening IPv6 deployment across small & medium busi-nesses (SMBs), educational institutions, small entrepreneurs and tech start-ups in line with the NTP-2012 target of 600 million broadband cus-tomers by 2020,” he said.
Source : The Economic Times