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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

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...

This Week in Internet News: AI Diagnoses Skin Cancer Better than Doctors
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 4 June 2018

This Week in Internet News: AI Diagnoses Skin Cancer Better than Doctors

AI plays doctor: Artificial intelligence can detect skin cancer better than dermatologists, according to a new international study. Flesh-and-blood...

SINOG 5: IPv6, DNS Privacy and IoT Security
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 3 June 2018

SINOG 5: IPv6, DNS Privacy and IoT Security

There will be significant Internet Society involvement at SINOG 5 next week, which is being co-organised by our colleague...

RIPE 76 Sees Strong Focus on Routing Security
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 17 May 2018

RIPE 76 Sees Strong Focus on Routing Security

The RIPE 76 meeting is happening this week in Marseille, France, held at the fantastic location of the Palais...

RIPE 76 dans le Midi
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Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) 11 May 2018

RIPE 76 dans le Midi

The RIPE 76 meeting starts next week in Marseille, which surprisingly is only the second RIPE meeting to have ever...

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