ARIN @ Internet2 TechEx 2019

ARIN’s customer
excellence team attended Internet2’s 2019 Technology Exchange in New Orleans,
Louisiana and reports back on their experience.


ARIN was represented at Internet2’s annual Technology Exchange (a.k.a. TechEx) at the Sheraton hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana by John Sweeting, ARIN’s Chief Customer Officer (CCO), and myself. ARIN’s CEO, John Curran, presented on Internet routing security during the event. We are excited to share some details of what was accomplished at this event.

The focus at TechEx was on the new security services ARIN has
deployed (or will be deploying shortly) and helping Internet2 members gain
access to those services. Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) and our
upcoming next generation Internet Routing Registry (IRR) are both key ARIN
services that allow registrants to secure the routing of their resources on the
Internet. Specifically, they enable registrants to publish information about
which exact prefixes are authorized to be routed and from which AS number(s)
those prefixes are authorized to be announced from. These new services are only
available to registrations maintained under an agreement with ARIN.

Internet2’s membership is primarily educational and research
institutions, many of whom were early registrants of IPv4 addresses prior to
ARIN’s inception in December 1997. Our focus in New Orleans was to make
organizations aware of ARIN’s Legacy Registration Services Agreement (LRSA),
which covers resources registered prior to ARIN’s inception and makes them
eligible for new services like RPKI and the IRR for a modest annual fee. There
continues to be a perception amongst some of these organizations that they are
forfeiting rights by entering into the LRSA. John Sweeting and I spent a good
part of TechEx reassuring organizations that ARIN has absolutely no interest or
intent to use the LRSA as a way to “take back” legacy IPv4 registrations. The
purpose of the LRSA is to establish a contractual relationship between these
organizations and ARIN that formalizes what we’ve always done – provide the
same services they currently receive and establish a legal framework to ensure
ARIN can provide, and these organizations can use, new services that we have deployed
on mutually acceptable terms. As soon as an LRSA is in place, we can have RPKI
and (when deployed) the IRR instantly available so that organizations can
secure the routing of their resources.

We expect interest in these new security services to
continue to increase over the next year. To that end, we’ll be attending more events
across the ARIN region to provide information on the value of these services as
well as provide guidance as to how to get all resources under an agreement so
they’ll be eligible. Stay tuned to our events
calendar as we add new events for 2020 in the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in these services, we encourage you to
visit us in person so we can make sure you’re eligible and, if necessary, help
you get an LRSA in place. Of course, we’re always happy to help with anything
and everything you might need, from ongoing tickets, to IPv6 address planning,
to – well, anything you can think of to ask.

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