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Aaron Hughes, 6connect CEO, Speaks at NANOG 65 in Montreal

6connect’s CEO, Aaron Hughes, presented at NANOG 65 this week. NANOG meetings take place three times per year in different locations across the United States and Canada, and this year’s event took place in Montreal from October 5-7.

The North American Network Operators Group, or NANOG, is the professional association for Internet engineering and architecture. Their core focus is on the technologies and systems that make the Internet function: core routing and switching; Internet inter-domain routing; the domain name system; peering and interconnection; and Internet core security. They also cover associated areas with a direct impact on Internet architecture such as data centers and optical networking.

NANOG 65 covered many hot topics in the network operator community, including lessons from deploying IPv6 programs and how to set the scope, implementing DDoS, and how to effectively run MPLS. Another major topic discussed was Bitcoin and the growing concern that the unique traits of the cryptocurrency make it highly susceptible to extortion. Akamai Technologies released a report last month regarding the run of illicit activities executed by a group of cryptocurrency coercers, DD4BC (DDoS for Bitcoin). Roland Dobbins, a leading expert in DDoS attacks from Arbor Networks, presented about this and it resulted in much discussion from the NANOG community.

Aaron presented on Wednesday about the future of North American regional BCOP, covering what has been going on since the last NANOG and providing an update on Global Coordination, including progress with the IETF process and RFC editors. For those who could not attend in person, his presentation was streamed live. Here are some highlights from his presentation:

Here are some additional highlights from the conference:

We’re looking forward to the next NANOG event. Now, we’re off the attend ARIN 36 from October 8-9 in Montreal – updates to come!