The Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative announced that it has launched a new online tool to measure the level of networks’ MANRS compliance called the MANRS Observatory.

“The objective of the MANRS Observatory is to demonstrate the level of MANRS readiness of all networks participating in the Internet routing, which also serves as an indication of the state of routing security,” the site says.

The tool provides number sets – such as number of incidents, culprits, and routing completeness – for specific regions and economies, and tracks changes over time.

The compliance to MANRS is a key indicator for the state of routing security, according to the Internet Society.

“MANRS aims to develop a community of security-minded organizations committed to making the global routing infrastructure more secure and robust,” the MANRS Observatory tool says.

The operators joining MANRS implement the following four MANRS Actions:

  • Filtering to “prevent propagation of incorrect routing information;”
  • Anti-spoofing to prevent spoofed source IP addresses;
  • Coordination between network operators; and
  • Global validation to validate routing information on a global scale.
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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.