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Government Relations Update October 2018

Posted on Nov 07, 2018 by Matthew Hall
Tags: External Relations, Federal Government

Internet Society Releases Routing Security White Paper

On October 24, 2018, the Internet Society released a document entitled Routing Security for Policymakers addressing challenges to and recommendations for ensuring the security of the global routing system.  The white paper highlights the need to share best practices across networks through efforts such as the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) in order to facilitate better communication and cooperation between network operators on shared routing security concerns.  The Internet Society provides six key recommendations and guiding principles for government policymakers as well as industry leaders: 

  1. Lead by example. 
  2. Facilitate/encourage the adoption of common practices for routing security. 
  3. Support efforts to develop new, or strengthen existing, routing security tools. 
  4. Encourage the use of security as a competitive differentiator.
  5. Strengthen communication and cooperation between network operators and other stakeholders.
  6. Identify and address legal barriers to information sharing, the implementation of routing security technologies, and research on routing incidents and threats.  

The paper concludes by pointing out that while the global routing system is resilient, particularly because of its decentralized structure, it is imperative that all stakeholders take action to address the challenges of routing security that we collectively face.

Election to Bring Changed Dynamic to Capitol Hill

The 2018 midterm elections have resulted in a divided Congress.  Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, while Republicans have managed to increase their majority in the Senate.  These results will bring a number of changes to the operation of the legislative process and to the overall operation of the federal government.  The Democrats are expected to focus on major infrastructure legislation as well as oversight of the Executive Branch on ethical and policy issues.  Additionally, the divided Congress may lead to a slower appropriations process.