As reported by bgpstream.com, incidents are increasing in the telecom industry. During 2018, 4,4% of the AS’s around the world have been involved in an incident, with a total of more than 12 000 events.
Unfortunately, one of the weak spots is routing. That means that an insecure routing policy will expose companies to malicious threats, creating a potentially very dangerous cascade that might damage more than one single AS.
NaMeX, as the biggest IXP in southern Italy, is really committed to network security, and that is why we participate in MANRS since June 2018. MANRS (Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security) is a global initiative, supported by the Internet Society, that provides crucial fixes to eliminate the most common routing threats. We started a coordination program with the other IXPs in Italy, and on 31st of October 2019, we presented a joint panel about MANRS at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Turin, together with TOP-IX and MIX and also two ISPs, Eolo srl and IT.GATE.
What do we do?
- We prevent: we implement filtering of route announcements at the Route Server. This is perhaps the most important part. We ensure the correctness of BGP announcements, filtering prefixes to guarantee the AS-path granularity
- We promote: we promote MANRS participating at events like NOG and IXPs events
- We protect: we protect the peering platform by filtering out traffic that is not allowed. For for more information see our technical regulations We communicate: we facilitate communication and coordination among our members via our mailing lists
- Looking Glass: we provide debugging tools to every NaMeX member
Why should you also comply to MANRS? Joining MANRS will make you enjoy the benefits of being part of a community of security-minded network operators. Not only you will be able to find solutions to your problems, but MANRS grants a global scale impact, making the global routing infrastructure more robust and secure. Moreover, there is a growing demand from enterprises for managed security services, which means that, being compliant to MANRS, you will add to your business a crucial competitive value, showing a clear commitment towards your customers and their network security.