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SNMPv3 Goes Full Standard
Previous Versions Will Become Historic

Knoxville, TN, April 8, 2002 - The Internet Engineering Task Force Steering Group (IESG) has approved SNMPv3 as a full standard and is moving SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c to historic status.

SNMPv3 provides security and administration for safe configuration and control operations that were not previously available. Security and authentication provide data origin authentication, data integrity checks, timeliness indicators, and encryption to protect against such threats as masquerade, modification of information, message stream modification, and disclosure.

SNMPv3 also offers several configuration settings, so the network administrator has the option to configure the protection level on a transaction-by-transaction basis, according to system resources and protection level.

This technology is available for networks, systems, applications, services, manager-to-manager communications, and proxy management of legacy systems. Even though vendors will continue to support SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c for some time to come, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is sending a clear signal that SNMPv3 should be used for Internet management.

The final documents that define SNMPv3 have yet to be published by the IETF Request for Comments (RFC) Editor, so RFC numbers are not yet available.

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We provide innovative solutions for extensible agent, manager station, and mid-level manager implementations that are based on SNMPv1, SNMPv2, SNMPv3, HTTP, and other protocols. SNMP Research provides products and services worldwide to end-users, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), value-added resellers, and system integrators.

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