In a nod to its commitment to secure campus networking, Indiana University has earned membership in the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security, or MANRS, initiative. As stated on its website, “MANRS is a community of security-minded network operators committed to making the global routing infrastructure more robust and secure.”
IU joins internet service providers such as Comcast and Microsoft in the exclusive group, and is one of just a handful of universities granted membership.
“As only the second higher education institution to earn MANRS membership, IU is heavily invested in ensuring the security of its network.”
Mark Spencer, manager, IU campus network engineering
“Being part of MANRS is really about being a good network citizen,” said Mark Spencer, manager, IU campus network engineering. “It’s the culmination of the work we have done over the years, often in support of IU’s University Information Policy Office and the University Information Security Office to help fulfill their requirements.
“As only the second higher education institution to earn MANRS membership, IU is heavily invested in ensuring the security of its network,” Spencer said. “Through the MANRS membership, we intend to work with other higher education community members to improve their security posture.”
Network routing is the backbone of the Internet we all use every day. Routing protocols direct information between the Internet’s web of computers and have become a target for crimes like route hijacking, route leaks, and IP address spoofing—all of which can disable entire networks or divert traffic to unintended parties.
Seth Garrett, IU campus network architect, led the effort to join MANRS. As a member, IU campus networks infrastructure must follow principles aimed at reducing common routing security threats and following good network routing practice.
- Filtering: Prevent propagation of incorrect routing information.
- Anti-spoofing: Prevent traffic with spoofed source IP addresses.
- Coordination: Facilitate global operational communication and coordination between network operators.
- Global validation: Facilitate validation of routing information on a global scale.
“Indiana University is committed to following and promoting the principles of the MANRS initiative,” Garrett said. “The security and stability of Internet routing is a responsibility shared by all organizations. We hope to lead by example and encourage a commitment to these principles.”