MANRS

Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security

We launched a new Equipment Vendor Program that aims to enable routing security features on network equipment and provide support and training guidance to use them, so network operators around the world can more easily improve routing security.

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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.

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 500 networks around the world that have adopted them.

Our Work in 2021

  • We launched a new Equipment Vendor Program that aims to enable routing security features on network equipment and provide support and training guidance to use them.
  • We will continue growing the number of MANRS Participants to improve routing security. By the end of 2021, we expect to see a 10% decrease in the number of global routing incidents.
  • We will work to increase uptake in routing security measures among MANRS Participants:
    • 10% increase in ROA (Route Origin Authorization) creation by the existing MANRS participants; 
    • 5% of existing MANRS participants implementing ROV (Route Origin Validation); and, 
    • 30% improvement in MANRS participants’ conformance.
  • We are committed to providing ongoing support to MANRS as a community-designed and, ultimately, a community-led initiative. In 2021, we will work with the MANRS Advisory Group on assessing community readiness to receive, cultivate, own, and govern MANRS initiative moving forward.

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. 

Our Work in 2020

  • The number of MANRS Participants more than doubled in 2020, reaching 588 participants in December. 
  • We launched a new Programme for CDN and Cloud Providers and a Task Force to support the Programme Development.
  • We updated the MANRS Observatory to make it more informative and easy to use.
  • We established an Advisory Group to represent the MANRS Participants and to ensure that decisions about participation have the support of the MANRS Community.
  • We conducted a new 6-month MANRS Ambassador and Fellow Program, focusing on three key areas: Training, Research, and Policy.

MANRS News

Arista, Cisco, Huawei, Juniper Networks, and Nokia Launch New MANRS Equipment Vendor Program to Improve Routing Security Worldwide
Press Releases 15 September 2021

Arista, Cisco, Huawei, Juniper Networks, and Nokia Launch New MANRS Equipment Vendor Program to Improve Routing Security Worldwide

Founding members of the MANRS Initiative will tackle the systemic vulnerabilities of global routing security through groundbreaking collaborative action.

New MANRS Equipment Vendor Program Launched To Improve Internet Routing Security
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 15 September 2021

New MANRS Equipment Vendor Program Launched To Improve Internet Routing Security

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In the News 15 September 2021

Leading vendors agree to tackle vulnerabilities in global routing

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In the News 28 July 2021

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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 28 July 2021

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In the News 6 June 2021

All China Telecom Backbone Networks Now Meeting MANRS Security Standards

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