IGF 2023 WS #339 Increasing routing security globally through cooperation

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (06:15 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (07:45 UTC)
WS 1 – Annex Hall 1

Organizer 1: Bastiaan Goslings, RIPE NCC
Organizer 2: Chafic Chaya, 🔒

Speaker 1: Benjamin W. Broersma, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Katsuyasu Toyama, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Lauren Crean, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization


Bastiaan Goslings, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Chafic Chaya, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Gergana Petrova, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Panel - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

As routing is fundamental to the functioning of the Internet, so is its security. Numerous reports have been published, analysing routing incidents, risks involved if security is not improved, and recommending tools to increase the overall adoption of routing security techniques like RPKI. - What do we need in practical terms to increase the adoption of RPKI, what is the role of different stakeholder groups? - What are underlying reasons for lacking adoption, do these differ regionally and if so why? - What is required in terms of outreach, education, as well as regulatory and economic incentives to increase adoption?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will learn about the importance of routing security, the role of RPKI, and what this means for different stakeholder groups involved: what are their perspectives and experiences, and what do they think is their role when it comes to increasing adoption. Also potential impediments will be discussed and what the next steps could be, and what is needed in terms of cooperation, to overcome these. Participants are explicitly invited to provide their reflections in a hybrid fashion during the session.



The interconnection between autonomous systems, which are the individual networks that collectively form the Internet, the exchange of routing information among them by use of the external Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and the actual routing of IP traffic that follows, is fundamental to the functioning of the Internet. As such, the secure functioning of the routing system is in the global interest. Traditionally the exchange and propagation of routing information among autonomous systems has been based on trust. But considering the critical dependencies and the risks involved, as the reliance of our daily lives on services provided online continues to increase, it becomes more important for autonomous systems to validate received route announcements before they are accepted and propagated. Technically the solutions are there, so the question is what should we cooperatively do to improve the adoption of available routing security best practices, specifically when it comes to route authorization and -validation (Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI)).

Expected Outcomes

The importance of routing security best practices and specifically RPKI adoption will be made apparent following the shared experiences and statistics from the different panellists, impediments to further adoption will be made explicit, and concrete recommendations will be formulated together with the participants on how to overcome these as well what is required in terms of cooperation between stakeholder groups.

Hybrid Format: The workshop seeks to bring the views and experiences of different stakeholder groups together in one session, one after the other, and all of these panellists will attempt to recommend next steps in terms of what is required to increase the adoption of routing security best practices and RPKI specifically. Participants, both present and online, can ask clarifying questions. After the panellists’ introductions all participants are invited to participate in a dialogue on what is necessary for increased adoption. A moderator leading the session will see to it that online participants get an equal opportunity to provide input into the discussion.