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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.

In 2017 alone, 14,000 routing outages or attacks –such as hijacking, leaks, and spoofing –led to stolen data, lost revenue, reputational damage and more, all on a global scale. Operators, enterprises and policymakers have converged around the concrete steps – Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security – that prevent these incidents.

Network operators and Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) who implement the MANRS Actions improve both routing security and operational efficiency, clearly signaling a security-forward posture and value-added service.

In seeking MANRS-compliant infrastructure partners, enterprises gain increased security and service reliability, while eliminating common outages or attacks.

Policymakers realize the opportunity to improve infrastructure, decrease malicious activity and stimulate demand by calling for or specifying these MANRS best practices.

MANRS For Network Operators

MANRS comprises simple but concrete steps for network operators that will dramatically improve Internet security and reliability. The first two operational improvements eliminate common routing issues and attacks, while the second two procedural steps provide a bridge to universal adoption and decrease the likelihood of future incidents.

  • Filtering – Ensure the correctness of operator and customer routing announcements to adjacent networks with prefix and AS-path granularity
  • Anti-spoofing – Enable source address validation for at least single-homed stub customer networks, your own end-users, and infrastructure
  • Coordination – Maintain globally accessible up-to-date contact information in common routing databases
  • Global Validation – Publish routing data, so others can validate routing information on a global scale

MANRS for IXPs

The MANRS Actions were initially designed for network operators, but Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) have an important role in protecting the Internet.

IXPs are important partners in the MANRS community. To address the unique needs and concerns of IXPs, the community has created a related but separate set of MANRS Actions for participating IXPs.

  • Prevent propagation of incorrect routing information
  • Promote MANRS to the IXP membership
  • Protect the peering platform
  • Facilitate global operational communication and coordination
  • Provide monitoring and debugging tools
For more information about MANRS visit https://www.manrs.org.

MANRS News

Routing Security boosted by major network operators
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 9 October 2018

Routing Security boosted by major network operators

There have been some important developments towards improving routing security over the past few weeks, with announcements at NLNOG...

Even Better MANRS During August
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 8 September 2018

Even Better MANRS During August

We already discussed the MANRS activities during SANOG 32 where we organised a Network Security Workshop and signed an...

Internet Society (ISOC) signs MoU with The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) to Secure India’s Internet Infrastructure
Press Releases 3 September 2018

Internet Society (ISOC) signs MoU with The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) to Secure India’s Internet Infrastructure

Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) aims to safeguard routing security ISPAI and ISOC will collaborate to undertake...

Community Networks Key to Connecting Africa, says Internet Society
Press Releases 3 September 2018

Community Networks Key to Connecting Africa, says Internet Society

Eastern Cape, South Africa – 3 September, 2018–  As Internet access continues to grow in Africa, with over 450...

SANOG 32 – Another Success Story for MANRS
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 21 August 2018

SANOG 32 – Another Success Story for MANRS

The SANOG 32 meeting was held on 2-10 August 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which marked fifteen amazing years of collaboration...

Tech Companies Endorse MANRS Routing Security Actions
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 9 August 2018

Tech Companies Endorse MANRS Routing Security Actions

A coalition of more than 40 companies focused on protecting online users has endorsed a global community initiative, coordinated...

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