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BGP Operations and Security Training Course

The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is the protocol used almost exclusively in the Internet to exchange routing information between network domains. Due to the central role it plays in the functioning of the Internet, it is important to have a full understanding of the protocol and the security measures that should be deployed to prevent accidental or intentional routing disturbances.

The 'BGP Operations and Security Training Course' is a hands-on, two-day course.

After this course you will:

  • Connect enterprises and operators to the Internet
  • Describe how BGP works
  • List, describe and configure the main BGP attributes
  • Implement and troubleshoot BGP
  • Influence traffic paths with BGP
  • Implement Best Current Operational Practices (BCOP) for BGP
  • Implement filtering using the Internet Routing Registry (IRR) and Resource Certification (RPKI)

Who should attend:

You should attend this training course if you are part of the technical staff at a Local Internet Registry (LIR) in the RIPE NCC service region who will be working with multi-provider connectivity and/or would like to get in-depth overview of BGP Best Current Operational Practices.
This course is not intended for administrative or management staff (such as hostmasters).

Course contents:

  • Basic BGP
  • The Internet and peering
  • Multiprotocol BGP
  • Peer relationships
  • Route reflectors and confederations
  • BGP aggregation
  • BGP path selection
  • BGP routing policies
  • Internet Routing Registry
  • Resource Certification (RPKI)
  • Communities
  • BGP architectures
  • BGP security

This course doesn't cover:

  • The basics of routing
  • The basics of RIPE Database operations
  • How to receive IP addresses from the RIPE NCC
  • How to operate a Local Internet Registry (LIR)
  • IGP protocols (IS-IS, OSPF)


  • Good knowledge of the TCP/IP and IP routing.
  • Basic understanding of the Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)
  • Basic experience in creating and updating objects in the RIPE Database
  • Basic understanding of Cisco CLI


This training course is based on hands-on practical exercises. Throughout the course, various exercises and demonstrations will reinforce the theory in practice.

At the course, we hand out a USB stick containing the course material and a printed version of the slides.

You need to bring:

  • A laptop that can connect to a wireless network with a modern web browser installed


There are two ways to register for a course:

  1. Through the application form on the LIR Portal, or
  2. Email (note that this can take longer to process and is not recommended)

We can only accept two people from the same LIR per training course. If more than two people apply, they will be placed on the waiting list and only admitted on the course if there are free places.

The costs of this course are covered by the LIR's membership fee. The course includes lunch and training materials. Travel expenses and accommodation during the training course are not included.

More details on the training course policies are available in the RIPE NCC LIR Training Registration Guidelines.

All RIPE NCC Training Courses are conducted in English.

We ask everyone to arrive by 09:00 for coffee. The course starts at 09:30 and finishes at 17:30 each day.