New Network Security Standards Will Protect Internet’s Routing


Electronic messages traveling across the internet are under constant threat from data thieves, but new security standards created with the technical guidance of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will reduce the risk of messages being intercepted or stolen. These standards address a security weakness that has been a part of the internet since its earliest days(link is external).

The set of standards, known as Secure Inter-Domain Routing(link is external) (SIDR), have been published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF(link is external)) and represent the first comprehensive effort to defend the internet’s routing system from attack. The effort has been led by a collaboration between NIST and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, working closely with the internet industry. The new specifications provide the first standardized approach for global defense against sophisticated attacks on the internet’s routing system.

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