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Operations and Management Area Area Director(s):

Operations and Management Area Advisor

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Charter (as of 2013-12-04):


The OPSEC WG will document operational issues and best current practices
with regard to network security. In particular, the working group will
clarify the rationale of supporting current operational practice,
addressing gaps in currently understood best practices and clarifying
liabilities inherent in security practices where they exist.


The scope of the OPSEC WG includes the protection and secure operation
of the forwarding, control and management planes. Documentation of
operational issues, revision of existing operational security practices
documents and proposals for new approaches to operational challenges
related to network security are in scope.


The work will result in the publication of informational or BCP RFCs.
Taxonomy or problem statement documents may provide a basis for such

Informational or Best Current Practices Documents

For each topic addressed, the working group will produce a document that
captures common practices related to secure network operation. This will
be primarily based on operational experience. A document might convey:

* a threat or threats to be addressed

* current practices for addressing the threat

* protocols, tools and technologies extant at the time of writing that
are used to address the threat

* the possibility that a solution does not exist within existing tools
or technologies

Taxonomy and Problem Statement Documents

These are documents that describe the scope of particular operational
security challenges or problem spaces without necessarily coming to
conclusions or proposing solutions. Such a document might be the
precursor to an informational or best current practices document.

While the principal input of the working group is operational experience
and needs, the output should be directed towards providing guidance to
the operators community, other working groups that develop protocols or
the protocol development community.


The OPSEC WG is will not write or modify protocols. New protocol work
must be addressed through a working group chartered for that work, or
via one of the individual submission processes. The OPSEC WG may take on
documents related to the practices of using such work.

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