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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

Training the next generation of network engineers in Kyrgyzstan
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 11 October 2018

Training the next generation of network engineers in Kyrgyzstan

The Internet Society in conjunction with Packet Clearing House (PCH), our Kyrgyzstan Chapter (ISOC-KG) and the CAREN Project organised...

Routing Security boosted by major network operators
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 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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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 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...

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...

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