[caops-wg] Topical OGF Levels of Assurance (LoAs) BoF and activity initiative
davidg at nikhef.nl
Wed Nov 15 03:45:34 CST 2006
The OGF Security Area would like to draw your attention to an initiative
addressing topics around the concept of Levels of Assurance. We know or
expect that at least quite a few of you are interested in this topic,
and thus are likely to either participate and have an opinion on this...
An initial description of the activity and possible directions are
described below. Please note that this will be a topical activity BoF, and is
not aimed to be a charter BoF or to necessarily create a new group. If there
is sufficient momentum to address this topic (also) in the OGF context, we
can subsequently discuss the organisational embedding in an existing or
So, if you are interested, please participate via the security area mailing
list or the gforge Wiki and forum, whose URLs are listed below.
A BoF session to discuss this activity will be organised during OGF19 (to
be held in North Carolina on January 29 - February 2, 2007). You are very
warmly invited to attend this event, which will be full of new activities in
the security area.
Blair Dillaway and David Groep,
(OGF Security ADs)
Topical BoF on Levels of Assurance (LoAs)
Ideas around "Levels of Assurance" have been receiving more and more
attention, with the advance of federations and Authentication and
"LoA is defined as the strength of authentication required for a service
provider to be assured that a resource access is only granted to users whose
identities have been verified. It reflects the degree of confidence in an
authentication process used to establish the identity of an entity (an
individual or a software component) to whom the credential was issued, and
the degree of confidence that the entity using the credential is indeed the
entity that the credential was issued to."
Ning Zhang of Manchester University has taken the initiative to bring up
the discussion on this activity in the OGF context.
Examples of questions that this activity could address are:
- What are the existing definitions of LoA suited to Grid or VO environment?
- How to apply LoA to safeguard Grid services/resources?
- Are some onerous registration requirements or special condition stipulations
due to perceived inadequacies in the strength of authentication?
The activity can include discussion on how operational procedures affect LoA,
how the various parameters and factors influence the overall LoA value in
grid/VO environments, and come up with recommendations on how these factors
can be taken into account. The purpose here is to consult, and to seek
comments and feedbacks from, the communities concerned (including service
providers, from e-Science, e-Business and e-Gov) on their views on the
definition and applications of LoA in achieving fine-grained access control.
Everyone interested in such an activity is extremely welcome to attend this
activity BoF session.
If there is sufficient interest within OGF, the BoF can also discuss how the
activity is best embedded in the OGF organisation; it is not necessarily the
aim of this BoF to result in a new research or working group.
Security Area Wiki:
Document "e-Infrastructure Security: Levels of Assurance"
** National Institute for Nuclear and High Energy Physics, PDP/Grid group **
** Room: H1.56 Phone: +31 20 5922179, PObox 41882, NL-1009DB Amsterdam NL **
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