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Deploy360 3 July 2018

ISOC advocates good MANRS within European R&E community

By Kevin MeynellFormer Senior Manager, Technical and Operational Engagement

The Internet Society will be participating in the GÉANT Services and Technology Forum this week, as it continues to develop its relationship with research and education networking in support of improved routing security. GÉANT is the pan-European networking activity that connects and supports 41 National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), and which recently joined the MANRS initiative.

R&E networks are especially important partners for improving the security and resilience of the global routing system, as they are generally not in competition with each other and are able to take a collective lead in addressing global networking problems. As historically early adopters of initiatives, they are also able to set the example for security proficiency and offer a unique selling point to their customers.

The MANRS initiative is also keen to utilise the expertise of the R&E community in capacity building, and providing input and feedback on the MANRS Observatory that is being developed to provide analysis of the state of the security and resilience of the routing system.

There are currently eleven (N)RENs participating in MANRS including GÉANT (Europe), NORDUnet (Nordic countries), CSC/FUNET (Finland), RUNNET (Russia), SUNET (Sweden), SURFnet (Netherlands) and BelWue (Baden-Württemberg/Germany) in Europe. Other participants elsewhere in the world are ESnet (United States), AARNet (Australia) and CERNET (China).

The GÉANT Services and Technology Forum is being held on 4-5 July 2018 in Poznan, Poland, with participation from at least 28 NRENs.

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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