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Fixing the Internet's routing security is urgent and requires collaboration

Lucian Constantin | Feb. 29, 2016
A volunteer participation program for ISPs to prevent route hijacks and IP spoofing is gaining some traction.

The good news is that the number of network operators who are implementing anti-spoofing and route hijacking protections is growing. According to the Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report released by DDoS mitigation provider Arbor Networks in January, an estimated 44 percent of ISPs have implemented anti-spoofing filters. This is up from 37 percent in 2014. In addition, 54 percent now also monitor for route hijacks, compared to 40 percent in 2014. The report is based on a survey of 354 global network operators.

"There's still a lot of room for improvement, obviously, but we are seeing numbers trending in the right direction," said Gary Sockrider, principal security technologist at Arbor Networks.

According to Sockrider, during the past year Arbor Networks has observed a huge growth in both the number and size of DDoS reflection/amplification attacks, across many protocols.

"I applaud the efforts of any organization, including the MANRS initiative, to improve security, make networks more resilient and stop things like IP address spoofing," Sockrider said. "I truly think that's important and I fully support it."


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