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BGP Operations and Security Training Course

This course is restricted to RIPE NCC members only.


The BGP Operations and Security Training Course is a two-day course that offers an in-depth look into Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). It covers the basics of how it works through to advanced topics such as route reflectors, policy, filtering, route selection and the security aspect of the protocol. The course also covers bogon filtering, Internet Routing Registries and the Resource Certification (RPKI) framework. Participants are able to reinforce the theory through practice with our interactive exercises following each topic.

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 an in-depth overview of BGP Best Current Operational Practices. This course is not intended for administrative or management staff (such as hostmasters).


  • 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

Course content

DAY 1:

  1. Introduction to BGP
  2. Running BGP
  3. BGP Attributes
  4. Traffic Engineering
  5. iBGP Scalability
  6. Multiprotocol BGP

DAY 2:

  1. BGP & Routing Security
  2. Internet Routing Registry (IRR)
  3. Filtering
  4. RPKI
  5. What else?
  6. BGP Tips & Tricks

The 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)


  • 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)

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