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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.

MANRS News

Securing the Internet: Introducing Oracle Internet Intelligence IXP Filter Check
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 23 October 2019

Securing the Internet: Introducing Oracle Internet Intelligence IXP Filter Check

Oracle is an Organization Member of the Internet Society. We welcome this guest post announcing a new tool that...

Network Operators in Latin America and the Caribbean Take Steps to Strengthen Routing Security
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 4 October 2019

Network Operators in Latin America and the Caribbean Take Steps to Strengthen Routing Security

2019 has been a very good year for the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean. In May, during...

Celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 2 October 2019

Celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Every October, we mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, “Held every October,...

Network Operators in Mexico Strengthen Their Collaboration
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 10 September 2019

Network Operators in Mexico Strengthen Their Collaboration

Collaboration is a basic element for Internet development. Without it, connections among networks would be non-existent and the Internet...

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In the News 5 September 2019

A project aims to help ISPs mind their routing security manners

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Improving BGP routing security by minding your MANRS
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In the News 27 August 2019

Improving BGP routing security by minding your MANRS

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