USGv6 Testing FAQ

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the the USGv6 Profile Update. If you still have questions, please contact us today. 

What is the USGv6 Test Program?

USGv6 is a test program designated by NIST that provides a proof of compliance to IPv6 specifications outlined in current industry standards for common network products. It is meant as a strategic planning guide for USG (United States Government) IT acquisitions to help ensure the completeness, correctness, interoperability and security of early IPv6 product offerings so as to protect early USG investments in the technology.

What is new in the updated USGv6 Profile?

The new profile significant updates to the original profile that include:

  • Separating the IPv6 Capability Profile to permit other user groups to re-use the existing test program.
  • Updating the set of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specification that form the basis for the profile to their latest published versions.
  • Adding new specifications for important IPv6 capabilities since the first profile including Internet of Things, IPv6 transition mechanisms for IPv6-only networks and IPv6 capable applications.

What devices are required to test against the updated USGv6 Profile?

Any product with an IPv6 stack. This includes products that provide network layer IPv6 capabilities (Hosts), the management/controls of protocols necessary to support these network layer capabilities (Routers) and the IPv6 network protection products (NPD).

There is also an option for IPv6 application suppliers to have their application tested to ensure it functions properly in an IPv6-only environment.

If I have already tested USGv6 do I need to retest to the new Profile?

The revision of the profile was released in Nov. 2020 and suppliers now have until Nov. 2022 to comply. This means during the 2 year period suppliers will have the options to test against either profile and government agencies can accept SDOCs from either profile. After the 2 year period, only testing and SDOCs against revision 2 of the profile will be accepted.

How do I request testing?

Testing can be completed through a membership with the UNH-IOL (the testing service will depend on the type of product)  or with a 1-time testing fee. Please refer to the USGv6 Testing Program page for available testing services. 

What products/software needs to have an SDOC?

Refer to “What devices are required to test against the updated USGv6 Profile”. For all products tested, an SDOC can be created to document capabilities.

Products which utilize an Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) may not require testing. As long as the OEM SDOC is already listed on the USGv6 Tested Device List, then an additional SDOC is all that is required for the product.

How can I get more information about the updated Profile?

You can view the webinar below and reference the NIST Program page.