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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security

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 200 networks around the world that have adopted them.

Our Work in 2020

The main work streams for MANRS in 2020 aim to grow the community adopting MANRS, mobilize a broader set of external communities with awareness of MANRS, improve measurement of routing security, build capacity among network engineers, and drive global adoption by conducting tailored outreach that aligns with region-specific routing communities.

Among specific outcomes in 2020:

  • We expect MANRS membership will double and will include new kinds of organizations, such as Content Delivery Networks (CDNs).
  • We expect the MANRS Observatory—a measurement platform that measures the impact of the participants’ actions—to become a production service, incorporating information about IXPs and improving data quality and sustainability. The MANRS Observatory will be part of the onboarding and conformance checks of participating operators.
  • Outreach around MANRS will continue, including with new MANRS Community Ambassador and road show programs.

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.

MANRS News

A project aims to help ISPs mind their routing security manners
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In the News 27 August 2020

A project aims to help ISPs mind their routing security manners

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The State of Routing Security at DNS Registries
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 25 August 2020

The State of Routing Security at DNS Registries

The Domain Name System (DNS) is an important component of the Internet, but it was not designed with security...

Knowledge Sharing and Meaningful Conversation at InterCommunity 2020: Securing Global Routing
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 18 August 2020

Knowledge Sharing and Meaningful Conversation at InterCommunity 2020: Securing Global Routing

Recently, five routing security experts shared how they’ve been working to protect the Internet from the most common routing...

NetIX joins MANRS
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In the News 28 July 2020

NetIX joins MANRS

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A (Fairly) Non-Technical Guide to Routing Security Basics
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 24 July 2020

A (Fairly) Non-Technical Guide to Routing Security Basics

On the MANRS website, we write about routing security. We dig into the details of technical problems, research the...

Meet the MANRS Ambassadors
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Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) 22 July 2020

Meet the MANRS Ambassadors

We’ve appointed four MANRS ambassadors in the areas of training, research, and policy. We’re excited to welcome Anirban Datta,...

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