Routing Basics

Why should I care about routing resiliency and routing security?

Today, the routing infrastructure of the Internet is based on relationships between network operators around the globe. As the Internet evolves and the number of network operators expands, we need to ensure that the Internet remains reliable and secure.  Though Internet routing has worked well over the years, there have been instances of errors that caused routing stability issues. There is also opportunity for malicious activities that could damage the routing infrastructure in the future. To prevent future errors and malicious activity, it is important to increase the resiliency and security of the Internet’s routing infrastructure.

Where can I learn the basics of how routing resiliency works?

Probably the best way to get an understanding of the situation would be to read through our list of reports. The summary version of the ENISA report, “Resilience of the Internet Interconnection Ecosystem,” may be a good place to start before proceeding on to the list of other documents.

Where can I get more technical information to dive into the details?

At the current time, you may want to start by looking at some of the reports related to routing resiliency.  We plan to add more resources to the site that will provide more specific tutorials.

Do you know of additional resources we should consider adding here? Or are there additional “basic” questions you feel we should answer here? If so, please send them to us.