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Securing BGP

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) helps stitch together the thousands of networks that collectively deliver what we think of as the Internet. Networks use BGP to exchange “reachability information” – networks they know how to get to. Any network that is connected to the Internet eventually relies on BGP to reach other networks.

BGP has worked extremely well and continues to the be a key protocol that makes the Internet work. The problem is, BGP was created long before security was a major concern. BGP assumes that all networks are trustworthy. Technically, there are no built-in security mechanisms to validate that routes are legitimate. In addition, networks are scattered across the globe making the chain of trust difficult to trace, and even if you’re trying to validate information, there’s a lack of reliable resource data.

Every network should help secure the global routing system as a whole. The Internet Society supports Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS). MANRS is a community initiative of network operators and Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) that creates a baseline of security expectations for routing security. MANRS calls for simple, but concrete actions that will reduce the most common routing threats, including BGP hijacking.

Much of our work is outlined in the Deploy360 Securing BGP Section. A few key resources to get you started:

Securing BGP News

IETF 102, Day 5: Au revoir Montréal
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 20 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 5: Au revoir Montréal

There’s just the couple of sessions to highlight on the last day of IETF 102 before we wrap up for the week....

IETF 102, Day 1: IETF arrive à Montréal
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 16 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 1: IETF arrive à Montréal

Tomorrow sees kickoff of the Working Groups sessions at IETF 102 in Montreal, Canada, we’re bringing you daily blog posts...

ISOC’s Hot Topics at IETF 102
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 14 July 2018

ISOC’s Hot Topics at IETF 102

The 102nd meeting of the IETF starts tomorrow in Montreal, Canada. This is will be the third time that...

ISOC advocates good MANRS within European R&E community
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 3 July 2018

ISOC advocates good MANRS within European R&E community

The Internet Society will be participating in the GÉANT Services and Technology Forum this week, as it continues to develop...

SEE 7: Connectivity, Routing Security & IoT
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 17 June 2018

SEE 7: Connectivity, Routing Security & IoT

The 7th RIPE South-East Europe (SEE 7) meeting is being held on 18-19 June 2018 in Timisoara, Romania, and is...

MANRS BCOP published as RIPE document
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 13 June 2018

MANRS BCOP published as RIPE document

The MANRS initiative’s set of Best Current Operational Practices has received recognition from the RIPE community by being published...

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