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6 November 2014

Show Your Commitment To Routing Security – Join the MANRS Initiative!

Dan York
By Dan YorkDirector of Web Strategy
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Do you want to make the Internet’s routing infrastructure more secure?  Have you implemented anti-spoofing techniques to help protect against attacks such as DDoS attacks?  Have you secured your use of BGP on your network?

If so, why not consider publicly showing your support by signing up as a participant in the MANRS initiative?

This new routing security initiative, launched today, aims to promote better collaboration between network operators to make the Internet more secure and resilient.  As the home page says:

How can we work together to improve the security and resilience of the global routing system?

Originally called the “Routing Resilience Manifesto”, the initiative published today the “Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security” (MANRS) at:

https://www.routingmanifesto.org/manrs/

With the announcement came news of an initial set of participants that includes some of the largest global network operators such as Comcast, Level 3 and NTT.  More companies will be added and signups are already coming in!

To participate, a network operator needs to agree to at least 2 (and ideally all 4) of these actions:

Basically you could think of this as a “code of conduct” for network routing… an agreement that companies publicly say they are going to follow to help the overall Internet’s routing infrastructure be more resilient and secure.

Our colleague Andrei Robachevsky has been heading this project and working with a team of people from network operators around the world (some of whom have already signed on as formal participants, others who hope to do so soon).  It’s great to see this out there and we look forward to seeing the list of participants grow.

Please do read the MANRS document and sign up if your network can undertake those actions.  If every network operator can mind their MANRS, we’ll all have a much safer, more secure and more resilient Internet!

P.S. If you are looking for information about how to get started with anti-spoofing or securing BGP, please see our Network Operators Start Here page to get started.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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