World IPv6 Day will give us a better idea of what we’re up against and how this will change the security landscape for the applications and protocols we currently have in place. Industry leaders like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Cisco are all participating in this first test run, organized by the Internet Society.

Since the federal government has set its own requirement to have government systems on IPv6 by the end of 2012, this sets a fast schedule for the rest of the industry. Given just how little we know about what’s to come with an IPv6 Internet, the industry must move quickly to prepare itself for the coming transition.

Jay Bavisi is president and co-founder of the International Council E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), a global organization that provides training and consulting services on issues of e-commerce and cybersecurity. Jay is a regularly featured speaker at e-commerce and cybersecurity conferences in the U.S., Asia, Europe and the Middle East.