Best Current Operational Practices – Regional Efforts

The Deploy360 team is engaged in talking to Network Operator Groups (NOGs) and encouraging them to develop regional Best Current Operational Practices (BCOP) initiatives.

These initiatives aim to collect and document operational knowledge and practices from experienced network engineers, that can be reviewed on a periodic basis by the Internet community. We also encourage network operators to document how they deploy new technologies including IPv6, DNSSEC, TLS and routing resilience/security, so their experiences may assist others in doing so.

This page lists the regional BCOP efforts and provides links to the published documents. If we’ve missed something, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be pleased to add it.

Please also read our blog posts about BCOPs, and see the topics that have been identified as potential BCOPs.


The RIPE BCOP Task Force was formed in October 2013, and is co-chaired by Benno Overeinder (NLnet Labs) and Jan Žorž (Internet Society). It holds BoF sessions at most RIPE meetings.

The following documents have been published:

North America

The North American BCOP project started under the auspices of NANOG, and is chaired by Chris Grundemann (Myriad Supply) and Aaron Hughes (6connect).

The following documents have been ratified:

The following documents have draft status:


The African BCOP initiative started under the auspices of AfNOG in May 2013.

An AfBCOP Workshop was held on 29-30 April 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya where the following documents were drafted. These will be published shortly.

  • Fraud Information Sharing – 30 Mar 2016
  • Fiber optic building and maintenance – 30 Mar 2016
  • Network Infrastructure Sharing – 30 Mar 2016
  • Peering Policy – 30 Mar 2016
  • Adoption of research findings and innovations from academic institutions by the industry – 30 Mar 2016
  • Throughput Testing – 30 Mar 2016
  • E-mail Services – 30 Mar 2016
  • DNS Services – 30 Mar 2016
  • Logging and Monitoring – 30 Mar 2016

Latin America and Caribbean

The LACNOG BCOP Working Group was formed in October 2014, and is co-chaired by Luis Balbinot and Pedro Torres Jr.

The following document has been published:

The following documents are being drafted:

  • Troubleshooting IPv6 ISP for Residential helpdesks (Spanish translation of RIPE-631)
  • BGP Implementation
  • Mitigation of attacks directed to CPE devices
  • Cooperation plan between Network Operators and CSIRTs
  • First steps on IPv6 implementations
  • Remote Triggered BlackHole routes (RTBH)


The Asia-Pacific BCOP initiative started February 2015.

A BoF session will be held at APRICOT 2017 (26 February – 2 March 2017) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This will be co-chaired by Aftab Siddiqui and Jan Žorž (Internet Society).