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A white paper on security management and a best practice document on risk analysis will be produced by the new Special Interest Group on Information Security Management (SIG-ISM). This was agreed by participants at the first SIG-ISM workshop, which took place on 12-13 May 2015.
Fifteen people from 12 organisations participated in the workshop, which was organised by GÉANT and held at Imperial College, London (UK). The two half-days comprised presentations and round table discussions on two main topics: implementation of an information security management system and performing risk assessment and analysis.
Nicole Harris (GÉANT) also gave a presentation about REFEDS (Research and Education Federations) and possible areas of common interest. This sparked discussion and an agreement to collaborate with REFEDS as a SIG-ISM outreach activity.
SURFnet makes it possible for higher education and research institutions to use multiple light paths simultaneously with the aid of a Multi Service Port (MSP). Utrecht University uses the MSP in order to distribute the available bandwidth flexibly.
SURFnet is introducing SURFfilesender with encryption, enabling users to encrypt files before sending them. This means research universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions and UMCs can now offer their users the possibility to share their research data and confidential files securely.
SURFnet and RENATER, the French NREN (National Research and Education Network), have established an exchange programme to strengthen their collaboration. Mehdi Hached at RENATER and Pieter van der Meulen at SURFnet will be swapping places to work together and share expertise on federations.
The Network Performing Arts Production (NPAP) workshop that was held in London, UK, on 4-6 May 2015 was a great success. For the first time ever, around 350 members of the public joined the workshop participants for a ground-breaking evening performance by students from the Royal College of Music, where the workshop was also held. The workshop attracted more participants than any of the previous events in this long-running series. A record number of technologies used, performances given, use cases discussed, and artists and networkers involved were also achieved in the three day event.
SURFnet is taking part in the Horizon 2020-approved projects AARC, ASTERICS and MAGIC. The Horizon 2020 programme is part of efforts by the European Commission and the Dutch government to encourage science and innovation in the business sector and academic world, thereby boosting Europe's competitiveness.
simpleSAMLphp is an open source product commonly used to implement the SAML protocol. To promote its ongoing development, SURFnet is organising a two-day hackathon on 26 and 27 May. Want to pitch into this effort? Take part in the hackathon in Utrecht and register now!
Enlighten Your Research Global is a program organised for the second time by 12 national research and education networks (NRENs). Researchers are invited to submit a proposal for the edition of 2015.
The goal of EYR-Global is to foster international collaborations to accelerate the research and discovery process. The program identifies research projects that could significantly benefit from enhanced global network connectivity, data storage, computing facilities and providing tailored support.
For 2015, EYR-Global is seeking to support new projects. Researchers are invited to submit a proposal with challenging data questions. The research should revolve around data which is either too voluminous or too varied to deal with using existing solutions.
In collaboration with Invea-Tech company, CESNET launched a project focused on development of specialized device protecting high-speed networks from particular attack types.
Preparing data centres for future security needs is the aim of the project recently started by Invea-Tech and the scientific team from the CESNET Association. Their goal is to develop the world’s first device that supports speeds of 400 Gbps to protect the high-speed networks of operators and internet service providers against cyber threats. The project is sponsored by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
The Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration project, AARC, has started, from 1 May 2015. A kick-off meeting for partners and interested members of the wider community will be held in Amsterdam on 3-4 June 2015.
For the next two years, AARC will bring together 20 partners including national research and education networking (NREN) organisations, libraries, and research and education e-infrastructures. The project will improve the adoption of federated access among different communities and help to avoid a future in which different e-infrastructures and (new) research collaborations develop and operate independent AAIs (authentication and authorisation infrastructures).