IPv6 conformance for network security: Fraunhofer FOKUS and gateprotect consolidate their partnership

News from July 16, 2013

The German IT security specialist gateprotect AG Germany and Fraunhofer FOKUS continue their partnership in the field of network security. One of the first results of this cooperation is the successful IPv6 conformance and interoperability testing. The next generation of gateprotect firewalls has been certified in accordance with the requirements of the internationally recognized IPv6 Forum. Henceforward, Fraunhofer FOKUS and gateprotect will cooperate in the field of performance testing, network simulation and quality management.

The German IT security specialist gateprotect AG Germany and Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems are now cooperating to optimize the network security of companies and public institutions. The partnership focuses on the development of strategies and solutions in the field of quality management and testing procedures. As one of the first results of this partnership gateprotect products could be approved according to IPv6 conformance and interoperability via compatibility and interoperability testing. Thus, the next generation of the gateprotect firewall has been certified in advance in accordance with the requirements of the internationally recognized IPv6 Forum. After the very successful cooperation in the field of compatibility and interoperability tests for IPv6, the researchers from Fraunhofer FOKUS and the gateprotect development department are now also working together closely in performance tests and in the network simulation as well as in quality management. Current Fraunhofer FOKUS research results shall be incorporated into the product development process at gateprotect and, as a consequence, into new products.

“For gateprotect as a future-oriented mid-sized company, the exchange and regular cooperation with excellent research institutions – such as the Fraunhofer institute FOKUS – are indispensable. Anyone facing worldwide competition regarding innovation and efficiency, like us, definitely needs permanent interaction with industry-related research“, says gateprotect’s CTO Stephan Ziegler.

“Today, IT security is of crucial importance for the society and economy. The partnership with gateprotect is therefore essential to us since we as a Fraunhofer institute are interested in practical research and the quick transfer of research results and know-how into new innovative products”, says Andreas Hoffmann, deputy head of Competence Center MOTION at Fraunhofer FOKUS.