BUSINESS: Arista, Cisco, Huawei, Juniper Networks, And Nokia Launch New MANRS Equipment Vendor Program To Improve Routing Security Worldwide

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By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher

GENEVA, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative, supported by the Internet Society, today announced a groundbreaking Equipment Vendor Program to help reduce the most common threats to the Internet’s routing system.

The founding participants of this new MANRS program are global network equipment leaders Arista and Cisco, Huawei, Juniper Networks, and Nokia. Other members will join the program soon.

Internet security depends on routing security. The Internet is vulnerable to attacks, abuses, and errors due to systemic problems in the routing of traffic. MANRS assists networks to take critical steps to reduce route hijacking, route leaked traffic, and IP address spoofing.

Network equipment suppliers offer business-grade products to communication service providers, such as fixed and mobile operators, IXPs, and enterprise customers. Their customers can route Internet traffic securely through their products by default by improving security controls, such as routers or switches, and making them easier to configure.

This MANRS Equipment Vendor Program outlines best practices for all network equipment suppliers. Participants agree to take specific actions to increase the security and resilience of the routing infrastructure. By joining, they agree to the baseline of routing security defined by a set of two actions and a commitment:

  • Equipment vendors agree to provide security features network operators can use to implement MANRS recommendations such as preventing incorrect routing information and IP address spoofing.
  • Participants agree that they will promote MANRS by providing technical content and training.

    Participants agree to participate actively in the MANRS community, to advise and develop solutions, as well as contribute to routing security resources.

    “Having five leading network equipment vendors around the world work together with the MANRS community in order to launch the Equipment Vendor Program demonstrates how important routing security is in making the Internet safer for consumers and businesses alike,” stated Andrei Robachevsky Senior Director Technology Programs for The Internet Society. “These founding participants set an example for improving routing security, and they will hopefully inspire the rest of the Internet infrastructure community to make it more secure.”

    Collaboration is key to the success and sustainability of MANRS. The new Equipment Vendor Program is the latest in a series of programs established by MANRS including, the MANRS IXP Program in 2018 and the CDN & Cloud Program in 2020. To date, over 600 network operators, IXPs, and content delivery network (CDN) and cloud providers have signed on. These companies sign on to show their commitment to the Internet’s security fabric.

    Founding Participants’ Quotes

    • Arista: “For Arista, security is a key attribute of our overall solution, starting at the routing perimeter for worldwide Internet resiliency. Ashwin Kohli (Senior Vice President, Customer Engineering, Arista Networks) stated that Arista Networks is a leader in cloud networking and wants to contribute to the security of the Internet. “MANRS is providing great guidelines to achieve that goal and Arista Networks is proud to be a founding participant of the MANRS vendor program.”
    • Cisco: “At Cisco, security is ingrained in everything we do. “We believe that customer trust can be earned by being transparent and accountable in our efforts to connect more people and companies to the Internet securely,” stated Kevin Wollenweber (Vice President, Networking, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group at Cisco). “Considering the current state of hybrid work, and the many applications that run on service provider router platforms we constantly update our network OS across platforms in order to help our customers protect themselves against advanced and persistent threats. As a founding member of the equipment vendor program, we look forward to collaborating with the broader community to drive network security innovation.”
    • Huawei: Hank Chen, President of Metro Router domain of Data Communication Product Line, Huawei says: “Routing security is crucial to Internet security, and that includes network devices (e.g., routers and IXP switches), the foundation of the Internet. Huawei is honored to join MANRS as an active contributor to Internet security. Huawei has devoted itself over the years to building reliable and secure network devices. Huawei is honored to join MANRS as an active contributor to Internet security.”
    • Juniper Networks: “With a greater reliance on the Internet now more than ever, it’s crucial that the Internet is stable and offers secure and trusted methods to connect users. The global community must work together to ensure the Internet’s ecosystem is secure and works well. Juniper Networks is a proud sponsor of the MANRS program. We will continue to work for a better internet in today’s connected world,” Melchior Aelmans (Consulting Engineer, Juniper Networks) says.

    About the Internet Society

    Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet. The Internet Society works with many groups and chapters around the world to support the Internet’s security and promote policies that allow universal access. The Internet Society also serves as the home for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

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