Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS)

SANOG 32 – Another Success Story for MANRS

The SANOG 32 meeting was held on 2-10 August 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which marked fifteen amazing years of collaboration between network operators in the South Asia region. The Internet Society is proud to support the SANOG fellowship programme that provides opportunities for network engineers from countries in the region to attend, as well as organising the Network Security workshop during the event.

SANOG 32 also saw another MANRS milestone reached when the ISP Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Internet Society. ISPAB is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for Bangladeshi ISPs to discuss technology, policy, regulatory and commercial issues and find collective solutions.

In accordance with the MoU, both ISPAB and ISOC will work together to promote and support MANRS, to encourage network operators in Bangladesh to join the initiative. There are currently only two MANRS participants in the country, so being able to increase engagement with the networking community is a welcome development.

Dr Philip Smith (NSRC and Chair of SANOG Programme Committee) also provided a MANRS update during the conference session.

The Network Security workshop attracted 40 participants and was lead by MANRS founding member Matsuzaki Yoshinobu (IIJ) and Champika Wijayatunga (ICANN), with local support provided by Moinur Rehman and Anirban Data. This featured a hands-on lab where participants learned about the four MANRS action – namely Prefix Filtering, Anti-Spoofing, Coordination and Global Validation. APNIC staff also demonstrated how to update Whois information through MyAPNIC, how to create route/route6 objects, as well as how to create Route of Origin Authorisations (ROAs) for the Internet number resources (IP addresses and AS numbers) under their management. These steps are important in achieving two of the MANRS actions – Coordination and Global Validation.

The South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) was started in 2003 to bring together engineers and industry experts from network operators for the purpose of knowledge sharing as well as co-operation among all the relevant stakeholders in the South Asian region which covers Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri-Lanka. The SANOG meeting incorporates workshops and tutorials in conjunction with the conference, and people from the community are invited to contribute as workshop instructors or share their experiences through tutorial or conference presentations. Many network operators in the region are in the nascent stage of development, such helps  valuable.

Special thanks to Sumon Ahmed Sabir (SANOG Founding member and Core Com)Gazi Zehadul Kabir (SANOG Chair), Rashed Amin (Vice President ISPAB), Md.Emdadul Hoque (Secretary General ISPAB) and Simon Sohel Baroi (SANOG PC Chair) for the great support.

Its great to see MANRS getting support in the Asia Pacific region. If you are running a network infrastructure then be part of the solution and help protect the core. Join MANRS.

Building Trust Community Projects Improving Technical Security

ISOC APAC Bureau sponsors bdNOG 3 conference

The Bangladesh Network Operators Group (bdNOG) holds a biannual conference focusing on the network operation of service providers (telco/ISP), enterprise networks (banks, universities, NGOs) and government institutes in Bangladesh. The event brings together ICT-based professionals to share operational experience and best practices, and provides training opportunities to help with Internet growth in the country.

A recently held bdNOG 3 conference was inaugurated by Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, and attended by over 150 participants. The Internet Society Asia-Pacific Bureau maintains a strong partnership with bdNOG, and sponsors its meetings under our regional NOG support program.

bdNOG3 hosted presentations by the Bangladesh Internet Exchange (BDIX) chairman, the ISP Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) chairman, representatives from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Akamai, Cisco, Internet Society (ISOC) and the Asia-Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC).  The week-long gathering also held technical workshops on advanced routing and BGP, IP telephony, Linux system administration and network security.

Speakers at the event called for the recognition of Internet access as a fundamental right, viewing this as essential to building a poverty-free economy. Just as importantly, they noted that access to the Internet needs to be secure for it to contribute towards a developed and modern Bangladesh. At the same time, they also recognized the need for more engagements between local and foreign technical communities, to provide local engineers with the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge on topics around Internet operations and deployment. ISOC APAC Bureau staff presented on their work, programs and engagements in Asia-Pacific, inviting participants to join hands to keep the Internet open, secure and accessible. The Internet Society Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter was also a key partner at this conference, with chapter officers presenting on IPv6 status in Bangladesh and also contributed as instructor for one of the workshops.

bdNOG plans to establish a fund to support local professionals and engineers in attending international events such as Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT).

At the event, APNIC also announced that APNIC 42 conference scheduled for September 2016 will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.