TERENA Task Forces are made up of groups of experts who undertake joint work in their common areas of interest. Each task force has agreed terms of reference that are approved by either the TERENA Technical Committee or TERENA Executive Committee. In principle, participation in task forces is open to any individual who can offer appropriate expertise, manpower, equipment or services.
A Chief Security Officer is usually a senior level executive within an organisation responsible for information security. This may include systems, network and data security; incident response and handling; regulatory compliance; risk management; and disaster recovery. They are commonplace in medium-to-large commercial companies, and are increasingly employed in government and other types of organisation. However, the concept is relatively unknown within the research and education community, and very few NRENs appear to have a designated CSO.
The GÉANT SIG – Network Operations Centres is the successor of the former TERENA Task Force on NOCs (aka. TF-NOC). The main topics covered by the new SIG would include, but would not be limited to:
a. To facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration for leading staff members of Network Operation Centres (NOCs) as well as network engineers involved in the integration and optimization of NOC tools and processes in order to foster the development and improvement of NOCs, primarily within the research and education community.
b. To explore and get an understanding of the taxonomy of Network Operation Centres, collecting information on how NOCs do things and then discuss how to enhance them and document this for future reference.
c. To offer a forum for exchanging and promoting ideas, experience and knowledge on NOC tools, functions, workflows, procedures and best practices, making communication easier.
d. To facilitate the inter-NOC discussions in case of multi-domain services.
e. To liaise with GÉANT Operations, and other e-infrastructures such as EGI, EUDAT, and PRACE.
f. To foster face-to-face and online meetings, providing a breeding ground to discuss, elaborate and disseminate early thoughts, brought in by members of the research and education community that can evolve into projects or services.
The task force on Communications and Public Relations, TF-CPR, promotes collaboration between research and education networking organisations in Europe in the areas of communications, marketing and public relations, through activities at the level of Communications / PR Officers / Marketing Managers.
TF-CPR is the name of a task force previously known as the Task Force on Public Relations and Information Dissemination, TF-PR, which was first established under the auspices of TERENA on 1 October 2003. In September 2009, the name changed to TF-CPR, the Task Force on Communications and Public Relations, which participants agreed better reflects the broader nature of their activities. TF-CPR is operating with a renewed 2-year mandate, which started on 1 October 2011.
Computer security incidents require fast and effective responses from the organisations concerned. Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) are therefore responsible for receiving and reviewing incident reports, and responding to them as appropriate. TF-CSIRT is a task force that promotes collaboration and coordination between CSIRTs in Europe and neigbouring regions, whilst liaising with relevant organisations at the global level and in other regions.
The development and deployment of mobile technologies and the usage of network middleware to support interoperable roaming services, are becoming key activities among NRENs and academic research institutions.
The TERENA task force on Mobility, which started in 2002, promotes the adoption of such technologies. In September 2008, a change in focus resulted in the renaming of the task force to TF-Mobility and Network Middleware (TF-MNM).
In September 2010, the terms of reference strengthened the mobility areas of the task force, investigating ubiquitous mobility through 3G/LTE/4G services in addition to WiFi and the impact of Location Aware Services. The integration of network middleware to support identity federations and 2-factor authentication were also additions to the focus of the task force.
Again in 2013, a new terms of reference were approved consolidating the focus of the taskforce on areas of Mobility.
Secretarial support for this task force is provided by TERENA with funding from the GN3 project.
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WebRTC offers high quality audio/video communication capabilities to anyone with a web browser, capabilities that previously only were available using proprietary systems and software. This creates an opportunity for the European R&E community to solve its real time communication challenges in novel ways. WebRTC may finally offer a path towards a large-scale, low-cost and easy to use real time communication infrastructure for group conversations across institutional boundaries. Whether and how it can deliver on its promise, needs to be investigated. A feature-rich web complemented with real-time communication capability will also offer the opportunity for a more component-based approach to including real-time communication in all sorts of e-Learning and e-Research web applications at a low price point and without locking our community to any particular vendor or solution.
The NREN community needs to prepare for this change in real time communication technology and enable itself to meet the opportunities and challenges with the right and timely response.