Routing Security is Vital to the Future
and Stability of the Internet

The Internet’s routing foundation has cracks, and they’re growing. Not a single day goes by without dozens of incidents affecting the routing system. Route hijacking, route leaks, IP address spoofing, and other harmful activities can lead to DDoS attacks, traffic inspection, lost revenue, reputational damage, and more. These incidents are global in scale, with one operator’s routing problems cascading to impact others.

How can MANRS  help?

Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) is a global initiative, supported by the Internet Society, that provides crucial fixes to eliminate the most common routing threats.

MANRS outlines four simple but concrete actions that network operators should take:

  • Filtering – Ensure the correctness of your own announcements and of announcements from your customers to adjacent networks with prefix and AS-path granularity
  • Anti-spoofing – Enable source address validation for at least single-homed stub customer networks, your own end-users, and infrastructure
  • Coordination – Maintain globally accessible up-to-date contact information
  • Global Validation – Publish your data, so others can validate routing information on a global scale

Is routing security important to you?

Please consider implementing the MANRS actions and joining the MANRS community.

MANRS requires collaboration among participants and shared responsibility for the global Internet routing system. Joining MANRS means joining a community of security-minded organizations committed to making the global routing infrastructure more robust and secure.

Two use cases outline the benefits of MANRS participation:

What People Say About MANRS…

Gigastream is firmly committed to the underlying principles of the MANRS initiative and supports the community's efforts to increase the security, stability and dependability of the Internet. Through our participation in the MANRS initiative we hope to promote these efforts and encourage others to join us in doing so. Christopher Sharp, Director, Gigastream plc.


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