Expedient Becomes RPKI Compliant: What This Means for Clients

March 27, 2023 3 min Read

Expedient, a leading provider of cloud and data center infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions, recently announced that it has become RPKI compliant. RPKI, or Resource Public Key Infrastructure, is a security framework used to validate the ownership of IP address space and to verify that internet routing information is correct. In this blog post, we’ll explore what RPKI is, how it works, and the benefits that Expedient’s RPKI compliance can provide for clients.

What is RPKI?

RPKI is a security framework that allows network operators to publish information about their IP address blocks and the routing policies that they use to route traffic to those blocks. This information is then digitally signed by the operator’s RPKI certificate authority (CA), which is trusted by other network operators who use RPKI.

When a network operator receives a routing update from another network, they can check that the update is signed by a trusted RPKI CA and that the origin AS (Autonomous System) matches the IP address block being announced. If the update fails these checks, the network operator can choose to reject the update, helping to prevent routing problems.

How Expedient’s RPKI Compliance Can Benefit Clients

Expedient’s RPKI compliance can provide several benefits for clients, including:

  1. Improved Security: RPKI can help prevent certain types of internet routing problems, such as IP address hijacking or IP prefix mis-origination, which can lead to cyberattacks and service disruptions. By validating the ownership of IP address space, Expedient can ensure that traffic is routed to the correct destination and that malicious actors cannot redirect traffic to their own networks.
  2. Increased Reliability: By using RPKI to verify routing information, Expedient can ensure that their network is only receiving legitimate routing updates and is not affected by incorrect or fraudulent updates. This can help reduce the risk of service disruptions and ensure that clients’ traffic is routed efficiently.
  3. Improved Network Peering: Network peering partners that require RPKI can refuse to accept traffic from companies that are not RPKI compliant. Expedient’s RPKI compliance can ensure that we can establish peering relationships with a wider range of partners, which can help to expand their network and improve the reliability of their services.

Overall, Expedient’s RPKI compliance can provide our clients with a more secure and reliable network infrastructure, while also enabling them to establish peering relationships with a wider range of partners. This differentiates us from companies that are not RPKI compliant and can provide significant benefits in terms of security and network reliability.

RPKI compliance is becoming increasingly important in today’s digital landscape and Expedient’s adoption of this technology demonstrates our commitment to providing clients with the most secure and reliable network infrastructure possible. By implementing RPKI, Expedient can help prevent internet routing problems and ensure that our clients’ traffic is routed efficiently and securely. This can provide peace of mind for clients who rely on Expedient’s services, knowing that their network infrastructure is protected by the latest security technologies.

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