Responsible Network Management Guidelines
SEAN at SDG.DRA.COM
Wed Oct 1 03:25:54 UTC 1997
Thanks for the comments.
>> -- The media, radio or television, can be used to inform the public.
>> Pre-arrangements, and planning are needed to ensure only designated
>> contacts are made with the media.
>Is there _any_ part of the net that's this globally critical?
Since CNN is going to report this stuff anyway, might as well plan
for it. This guideline has a dual purpose: 1) to give accurate
information to the media, 2) limit the exposure from someone 'spoofing'
an ISP to the media.
>> challenge/response code-word or call-back to a known telephone
>Note that this isn't always good enough, if the problem is an attack.
>Call-forwarding and butt-sets, doncha know.
Perhaps I should add an explanation. The goal of these guidelines is
to document a minimum set of network management policies a responsible
Internet service provider would follow. It is not meant to be the
'Best Common Practice' because I hope most ISPs would maintain a
'higher' level of preparedness than these minimum guidelines. I've
deliberately avoided several controversial subjects, such as what
constitutes 'abuse' of the network.
On the other hand, I have tried to set the bar low, but not too low.
If an ISP can't meet this low a set of requirements, I have to wonder
if they could really be called a 'responsible' member of the Internet.
I deliberately weakened several guidelines to allow an ISP of any size
to meet them with hard work. You can't meet these guidelines with a
check for $25,000.
>Not bad. But, from down here in the trenches, I think it could use
>another round of flogging. How much commentary have you gotten on it?
The guidelines have been out for 12 months. I've received about a
dozen comments or suggestions. I welcome more comments or suggestions.
To try to bring this to an end, I intend to dump draft guidelines into
the Informational RFC process before the December IETF. At the October
NANOG I intend to talk to several ISPs whether they can meet the guidelines,
and possibly issue a press release of all the providers who intend to
Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO
Affiliation given for identification not representation
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