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Improving Technical Security Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS)

Are Network Security Issues Stifling Innovation? We’ll discuss at BTE 2015 Next Week.

Next week I’ll be a panelist at Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event in Chicago. The panel I’m on is called “Network Security: Is Security the Big Showstopper?” Heavy Reading Analyst Patrick Donegan moderates, and I’ll join other industry experts from Telus, the OpenCloudConnect Security Working Group, and Covata. The panel is on Tuesday, June 9, from 3-4pm.

There is often, and rightly, a great deal of attention given to technologies and services that network operators can employ to make their own networks more secure. These solutions are incredibly important, but are limited to what can be done within a single operator’s network(s). One of the key aspects of making networks more secure, however, is the collaborative aspect of security that involves implementing technologies that improve the overall security of the Internet. In the absence of these kinds of improvements, the overall security of networks connected to the Internet will remain limited.

At the Internet Society, we have been encouraging network operators to embrace a set of practices developed by the Internet technical community and endorsed by a group of leading networks operators. These practices are described in the Routing Resiliency Manifesto, a set of mutually agreed norms for routing security. These norms intend to address problems relating to incorrect routing information, spoofed source IP addresses, and coordination and collaboration between network operators. The manifesto calls for a set of actions from all network operators and we have seen a continually increasing number of network operators sign up to be counted as participating in this global initiative.

We believe these kinds of collaborative security activities will make a better, more robust, and more secure Internet for every network operator who connects to it, and in turn enhance the security of their own networks by making it more difficult for bad actors to engage in malicious activity targeting individual networks.

Our assertion is that security is not the big showstopper, but that making the Internet more secure for all its participants is a major undertaking. Every operator must look at not only securing their own networks, but contributing to the global activity of making the entire Internet more secure for the benefit of every network operator. The Internet is a tremendous engine for innovation and it’s exciting to anticipate the innovation possible on it going forward. Indeed part of that innovation itself is making the Internet more secure and there is a world of opportunity for those who can contribute to that goal. We look forward to the discussion on this important topic next week.

About BTE

You are invited to join Light Reading and the Internet Society as a VIP attendee at Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event, taking place June 9 and 10 in Chicago. BTE 2015 will comprise a conference where more than 200 of the leading minds in telecommunications will discuss the technologies poised to revolutionize the world’s economy.

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend the communications industry’s fastest-growing event, featuring:

  • Keynote speakers from AT&T, Arista, BT Wholesale, Brocade Centurylink Cloud Cisco, Google, Intel, Internet Society, Level 3 Communications and Time Warner Cable.
  • A demo floor of 60-plus telcos and industry associations, giving attendees real-world perspective into the latest and most innovative telecom solutions. We’ll be in booth #203 and would love to talk to you!
  • Incredible networking opportunities including a pre-qualified audience of more than 1,000 service provider attendees, networking lunches and cocktail receptions on the demo floor and a Battle of the Bands concert open to all attendees.

Register here today.

VIP attendees of ISOC will receive:

  • VIP Onsite Check-In
  • VIP Welcome Gift
  • The Heavy Reading Exclusive BTE Research Package: A 5,000 word strategic analysis of the state of the art in monetizing next-generation, high-capacity networks, produced exclusively for BTE VIP attendees

VIP attendees of ISOC who do not qualify for free admission will also receive 20% off early-bird admission prices. Enter promo code: ISOC20

BTE provides complimentary admission for verified employees of service providers, operators, financial & educational institutions, utilities, and government agencies.

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Improving Technical Security Open Internet Standards Technology

Network Security, IPv6, and More at the Big Telecom Event in Chicago on 9-10 June

I’m attending the Big Telecom Event in Chicago, IL, on the 9th and 10th of June to participate on a panel on Tuesday, 9 June – “Network Security: Security: The Big Issue, The Big Showstopper.” The Internet Society will also be in booth #203 while we’re there. Please attend what I’m sure will be an interesting and challenging discussion on network security, and please visit us in our exhibit space. We’ll be talking to people about network security as well as other topics of interest to us such as IPv6 and bandwidth management.

Network security remains among the most important topics of interest to us at the Internet Society. In November, we launched the Routing Resilience Manifesto initiative built around the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) document. MANRS is focused on making the routing infrastructure that underpins the operation of the Internet more stable and secure. Among MANRS’ many objectives is to encourage collective action by demonstrating that a group of supporters already exists, and to provide a framework for ISPs to better understand and help address issues increasing the resilience and security of the Internet’s routing infrastructure. We’ve spoken about this at length before and it continues to be a primary activity of the technology programs at the Internet Society. We are encouraged by the number of network operators that have joined this initiative, and continue to seek additional supporters.

Another very important aspect of MANRS is the observation surrounding the collective responsibility aspect of network security, and indeed of good citizenship of all operators on the network. Collective responsibility speaks to the fact that the Internet is a globally connected network of networks, and that all of these networks depend on other networks for the Internet as a whole to work well. This means that no network can achieve its own complete security in isolation, and this is a key aspect of how we think about network security in the Internet.

The panel “Security: The Big Issue, The Big Showstopper,” (Tue, 9 June, 4:10pm CDT) plans to consider the major security issues as new generations of network and service models evolve, and how well equipped the operators will be to address these security challenges. The scope of such a discussion will be wide ranging. I hope to bring some perspective about preserving the stability of the core infrastructure that makes all of these networks continue to function, and how network operators need to maintain some sense of collective responsibility in the face of threats that can be harmful to anyone operating a network or using one. My perspective may be seen as a little bit non-traditional. The key distinctive perspective we are trying to articulate at the Internet Society is that making networks secure and stable has a collective component – part of your security depends on other players in the Internet.

You can find out more about the Big Telecom Event here, see the agenda and speakers, register to participate, and plan your visit. More information is below about our discount code for VIP registration. We’ll be in booth #203 throughout the show talking to participants about network security, IPv6, open Internet standards, and other issues of critical importance to the future of an open Internet for everyone.

See you there!


About BTE and Registration Information

Join Light Reading and the Internet Society as a VIP attendee at Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event, taking place June 9 and 10 in Chicago. Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event 2015 will comprise a conference where more than 200 of the leading minds in telecommunications will discuss the technologies poised to revolutionize the world’s economy.

As a VIP attendee, you’ll receive:

  • VIP On-Site Check-In
  • VIP Welcome Gift
  • The Heavy Reading Exclusive BTE Research Package: a 5,000 word strategic analysis of the state of the art in monetizing next-generation, high-capacity networks, produced exclusively for BTE VIP attendees

VIP attendees of the Internet Society who do not qualify for free admission will also receive 20% off early-bird admission prices. Enter promo code ISOC20.

BTE provides complimentary admission for verified employees of service providers, operators, financial and educational institutions, utilities and government agencies.

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Events IPv6

Attending the Big Telecom Event This Week? Talk to Us!

Where are the telecom giants on their paths to full IPv6 adoption? This week (on 17-18 June) we’ll be at the Big Telecom Event in Chicago trying to answer that question.

We’ll have booth PP503 in the ‘demo space,’ so I hope you’ll stop by and say hello. We’ll be talking to attendees about the Internet Society and its technical programs and about technologies that are important for the future health and growth of the Internet, including my favorite topic, IPv6.

We’ve just celebrated the two year “Launchiversary” of World IPv6 Launch, LACNIC has become the third of five Regional Internet Registries to run out of IPv4 address space, and more and more organizations are publicly calling for more IPv6 deployment. We hope that this event brings together telecom companies of all sizes and in all phases of their own deployments for real discussion about the best path forward – for the telecom companies and the millions of users they support.

We hope to see you there.