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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security

Routing security is vital to the future and stability of the Internet, and the global MANRS initiative implements the crucial fixes needed to reduce the most common routing threats.

Ensuring Internet traffic is reliably routed around the world is a critical building block for a trustworthy, global Internet. Based on common network operational practices in place today, the global Internet routing system does not have sufficient security controls to prevent the injection of false routing information, including impersonation of networks. The lack of these controls creates a significant vulnerability of the entire system. The result is thousands of incidents of misrouted traffic or denial of service on a global scale each year.

The Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative, which has been fostered by the Internet Society, overcomes this collective problem by establishing a security baseline of concrete actions for network operators. These actions are supported by a growing and visible community of more than 200 networks around the world that have adopted them.

Our Work in 2020

The main work streams for MANRS in 2020 aim to grow the community adopting MANRS, mobilize a broader set of external communities with awareness of MANRS, improve measurement of routing security, build capacity among network engineers, and drive global adoption by conducting tailored outreach that aligns with region-specific routing communities.

Among specific outcomes in 2020:

  • We expect MANRS membership will double and will include new kinds of organizations, such as Content Delivery Networks (CDNs).
  • We expect the MANRS Observatory—a measurement platform that measures the impact of the participants’ actions—to become a production service, incorporating information about IXPs and improving data quality and sustainability. The MANRS Observatory will be part of the onboarding and conformance checks of participating operators.
  • Outreach around MANRS will continue, including with new MANRS Community Ambassador and road show programs.

High-level, long-term goals include MANRS being viewed as a norm in routing operations—with non-conformance seen as unacceptable—and, by 2025, for MANRS itself being a self-governed community engaged in substantive activities that drive improvements in routing security.

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Internet2 Ramps up MANRS Support for U.S. Research and Education Community
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 3 July 2020

Internet2 Ramps up MANRS Support for U.S. Research and Education Community

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Verisign Expands MANRS Relationship to Strengthen Global Routing Security
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In the News 25 June 2020

Verisign Expands MANRS Relationship to Strengthen Global Routing Security

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MANRS Fellowship Program Now Open
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 10 June 2020

MANRS Fellowship Program Now Open

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Making the Most of Our MANRS Partnerships – NIC.br and Brazil Lead the MANRS Pack
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 8 June 2020

Making the Most of Our MANRS Partnerships – NIC.br and Brazil Lead the MANRS Pack

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In the News 24 April 2020

MANRS Move Highlights Consolidation of Power Online

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Over 300 ISPs Now Improving Routing Security with MANRS
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In the News 21 April 2020

Over 300 ISPs Now Improving Routing Security with MANRS

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