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Routing Security

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Today, the routing infrastructure of the Internet is based on relationships between network operators around the globe. As the Internet evolves and the number of network operators expands, a more standardized and automated model of routing security is needed. The IETF has investigated this need and is producing standards to enable a more secure Internet routing infrastructure, including RPKI and Secure BGP.

Why It Matters

Though Internet routing has worked well over the years, there have been instances of errors that caused routing stability issues. There is also opportunity for malicious activities that could damage the routing infrastructure in the future. To prevent future errors and malicious activity, it is important to increase the security of the Internet’s routing infrastructure through the deployment of secure routing protocols.

Our Work

The Internet Society has been actively engaged in both standards work and network operator coordination activities to explore options for worldwide deployment of a secure routing standard. The Routing Resilience Manifesto initiative, underpinned by the “Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS)” document that includes a set of actionable recommendations, aims at helping network operators around the globe work together to improve the security and resilience of the global routing system.