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13 June 2018

Routing Security Intern

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is the world’s trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards, and future development. Based on its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society works with its members and chapters around the world to promote the continued evolution and growth of the open Internet through dialog among companies, governments, and other organizations around the world.

About the Position

Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) is a global initiative, supported by the Internet Society, that provides crucial fixes to mitigate the most common threats to the Internet routing system. More information is available at

MANRS aims to develop a community of security-minded organisations committed to making the global routing infrastructure more secure and robust, and as part of the initiative is developing a Routing Security Observatory. This aims to provide a factual state of the security and resilience of Internet system at any given moment in time – for example with respect to incorrect BGP route announcements and spoofed IP addresses – with a view to monitoring compliance with MANRS principles and to identify networks with poor or malicious operational practices.

The Internet Society is therefore offering a 3-month intern position to help develop, test and deliver a production-quality Routing Security Observatory. This would particularly suit undergraduates or postgraduate researchers with an active interest in Internet monitoring and measurement issues.

The position reports to the MANRS Campaign Manager and is expected to work in close collaboration with external developers.

Full-Time position, 3-month assignment.

Location:  United Kingdom, Belgium or remotely

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with external software developers to incorporate various data measurement sources into the MANRS Observatory.
  • Identity and investigate data measurement sources that can be useful for monitoring MANRS compliance.
  • Develop a prototype for visualizing the routing security data, and provide client-specific dashboards and searchable information.
  • Test the MANRS Observatory website and report bugs and provide UI feedback to the developers.
  • Produce reports about the routing behavior of specific networks on the Internet.
  • Other tasks as identified.

Desired Qualifications:

The role requires excellent communication skills, diplomacy and discretion, the ability to multi-task, extreme attention to detail, willingness to learn new tools, and a can-do positive attitude.

  • In-depth knowledge of Internet inter-domain routing
  • Knowledge of data analysis and statistics
  • Knowledge of core Internet protocols such as IPv4, IPv6, BGP, DNS & Whois/RDAP.
  • Knowledge of programming languages including Python, Perl and Ruby.
  • Knowledge of automating processes including Bash and PowerShell.
  • Knowledge of setting-up Hypervisors and Virtual Machines.
  • Knowledge of Relational Database Systems, preferably PostgresSQL.
  • Have used any configuration management frameworks such as Chef, Puppet or Ansible.
  • Working experience with HTTP, SOAP, JSON and XML is desirable.
  • Working experience with data visualization is desirable.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English are essential.

Compensation for this position will be competitively commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications. Information about the Internet Society and its activities may be found at

Applicants should send resume, attached application, and cover letter along with any other relevant materials to

Applications will be evaluated until the position has been filled. The list of applicants will not be posted publicly, and will be reviewed in confidence by members of the evaluation committee.

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