Trusted Networks Initiative: The Netherlands’ Response to DDoS Attacks

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 32, Issue 1, p.65-70 (2015)


cluster, cybercrime, DDoS attacks, Internet exchanges, trusted routing


Cybercrime is on the rise and distributed denial of services attacks are among the most used by hacktivists, criminals, and even states. This article focuses on a Dutch solution to that problem, namely the Trusted Networks Initiative. The initiative aims at a global trust concept that provides website operators with a last resort option in case a large or long-lasting DDoS attack cannot be mitigated by other anti-DDoS means. The paper describes the foundational principles of the ini­tiative, and more specifically the intended solution via the trusted routing concept.