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Doug Montgomery (Fed)

Manager, Internet Technologies Research Group

Links:  LinkedIn , Google Scholar ,  Research Gate , Twitter: @dougm_work

Position Description:

Internet Technologies Research

I manage the  Internet Technologies Research Group within the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).   In that role I provide technical leadership to NIST's current research and standardization efforts in Trustworthy Networks, including Internet Infrastructure Protection (e.g., Naming, Routing, Email and general Internet Protocol security); next-generation Internet technologies  (e.g., IoT, IPv6, SDN / NFV); advanced security architectures and technologies (e.g., zero trust networks, applications of AI to network security and robustness); and measurement, modeling, and analysis of behaviors within the Internet system.   

I have been a leader in NIST's research in next-generation Internet technologies since 1986.   While the advanced networking technologies under study have spanned a broad spectrum over my career at NIST (e.g., IP quality of service, Internet telephony, Internet security and key management, robust Internet routing / naming / addressing, mobile systems, programmable networks, optical networking, multi-protocol label switching, service discovery, pervasive computing, IP version 6, public safety communications, congestion control, cloud computing, quantum cryptography), the strategic plan has been consistent:  to research and apply advanced test and measurement techniques to improve the quality and timeliness of new networking technologies that address identified national priorities and/or have the greatest potential for fueling broad-based innovation in the Internet.

The technical activities in my group run the range from basic research, to the design and analysis of consensus standards, to the development and operation of international conformance and interoperability testing programs.   I serve as the primary external representative for most of these efforts and have represented the work of my group to numerous industry, government and academic audiences, including congressional committees, inter-agency groups, international governments, VCAT and NRC review panels as well as other agency collaborators.   Examples of such interactions include House Science Committee, Federal CIO Council, Federal CIO, OSTP, NITRD, OMB, GSA, NTIA, FCC, CSRIC, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), North American Network Operators Group(NANOG), American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), ISO/IEC.

My management experience as a group leader at NIST includes managing a staff of computer scientists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and administrative personnel engaged in a wide variety of research and support tasks.  In the time that I have been a manager, the projects and programs in my group have been supported by DHS, NSA, LTS, DARPA, NSF, OMB, GSA, NIST ATP, DISA, NIST NAMT, NIST OLES and NIST IMS research funds.


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Technical Interests:

Next generation network technologies, Internet core infrastructure (naming, addressing, routing), scalability and robustness of core network  infrastructure, measurement and modeling of large-scale networked information systems.

Current Projects:

Past Projects:

  • Internet Protocol Security
  • Multi-Protocol Label Switching
  • All-Optical Networks
  • Programmable Active Services with SIP




  • 2021 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal - for outstanding contributions in the design, standardization, and widespread deployment of technologies that resolve critical vulnerabilities in the Internet’s routing infrastructure.
  • 2021 Dept of Commerce Bronze Medal - for contributions to the design of the NIST publication review system.
  • 2020 New Internet IPv6 Hall of Fame - Honored by the IPv6 Forum for leading the USGv6 Program that provides the technical infrastructure necessary to drive USG adoption of IPv6 Technologies.
  • 2020 ITL Best Standards Document Award - For excellence in publication of the NIST SP 800-189 standard, “Resilient Interdomain Traffic Exchange: BGP Security and DDoS Mitigation.”
  • 2019 Dept of Commerce Bronze Medal - For technical contributions to DoC/DHS effort on Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats.
  • 2019 Dept of Commerce Bronze Medal - For leadership in NCCoE public/private collaborations that have advanced the security of national and global network infrastructures.
  • 2018 ITL Outstanding Contribution Award - for contributions to design, analysis, standards, prototyping, and measurement of new technologies to improve the Robustness of Internet Inter-Domain Routing.
  • 2018 ITL Outstanding Standards Document Award - for design and specification of the BGPsec protocol and leading the publication of the International Standard “BGPsec Protocol Specification,” IETF RFC 8205.
  • 2013 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership in the development of the USGv6 Program fostering wide scale operational deployment of IPv6 in the USG.
  • 2011 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership, in collaboration with NTIA, to deploy DNSSEC at the root of the global DNS.
  • 2009 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership, in collaboration with GSA, to deploy DNSSEC in the .gov Top Level Domain.
  • 2008  Federal 100 Award – Technical leadership, in collaboration with OMB, in the transition to IPv6.
  • 2008 ITL Best Standards Contribution Award – NIST SP on BGP Security.
  • 2007 ITL Best Journal Paper Award – Attack Modeling on the Global Routing System.
  • 1993 Dept of Commerce Bronze Medal – Technical leadership in testing frame relay technologies.

And .....

  • 1999 NIST Golf League Team Championship - Team Drain-O.




Securing Small-Business and Home Internet of Things (IoT) Devices: Mitigating Network-Based Attacks Using Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD)

Murugiah Souppaya, Douglas Montgomery, Tim Polk, Mudumbai Ranganathan, Donna Dodson, William Barker, Steve Johnson, Ashwini Kadam, Craig Pratt, Darshak Thakore, Mark Walker, Eliot Lear, Brian Weis, Dean Coclin, Avesta Hojjati, Clint Wilson, Tim Jones, Adnan Baykal, Drew Cohen, Kevin Yeich, Yemi Fashima, Parisa Grayeli, Joshua Harrington, Joshua Klosterman, Blaine Mulugeta, Susan Symington, Jaideep Singh
The goal of the Internet Engineering Task Force's Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD) specification is for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to behave as
Created October 9, 2019, Updated January 19, 2023