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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 13 June 2018

MANRS BCOP published as RIPE document

Kevin Meynell
By Kevin MeynellManager, Technical and Operational Engagements

The MANRS initiative’s set of Best Current Operational Practices has received recognition from the RIPE community by being published as RIPE-706.

Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) – which is supported by the Internet Society – aims to help network operators around the world to improve the security and resilience of the global routing system through four actions that include filtering, anti-spoofing, coordination and support for global validation. It currently involves over 85 organisations encompassing nearly 200 Autonomous Systems around the world, including some of the largest ISPs.

The MANRS BCOP offers guidance on how to practically implement each of the MANRS actions, based on the operational experiences of numerous network operators around the world. It’s a must read for those working with the global routing system, as routing security is a shared responsibility and needs commitment to good practices from all its participants.

The RIPE documents are developed and approved by the RIPE community, having been published since 1989. They include technical and operational recommendations, as well as policy, procedural and organisational documents. The publication of RIPE-706 represents community recognition of the MANRS principles and the importance of a commitment to routing security.

The MANRS initiative would like to thank David Freedman, Brian Foust, Barry Greene, Ben Maddison, Andrei Robachevsky, Job Snijders and Sander Steffann who were the primary authors of the document, but also all those who provided comment and feedback, and those who translated it into other languages.

If you’re interested in signing-up to MANRS, more information is available on the MANRS website.

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