Security Area

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The IETF Security Area (provides a focal point for security-related technical work in the Internet Engineering Task Force.


This focus area was created on September 6, 1983. The Security Area is home to security protocol working groups, which provide one or more security services, such as integrity, authentication, non-repudiation, confidentiality, access control, and key management. The Security Area intersects with all other Areas as it is concerned with the practical application of ensuring secure protocols and technologies.[1]


Roman Danyliw and Benjamin Kaduk are the security area directors.

Security Area Directorate

The security directorate (SecDir) provides support to the IETF Security Area Directors. There are 50 reviewers in the group, and there are about 20 documents to review each month. The members are Working Group Chairs and others chosen for their technical knowledge in security. The SecDir reviews all IETF documents passing through the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) to improve efficiency. Each member receives one assignment roughly every two months in round-robin order. The reviews are solicited to allow the area directors to focus on troublesome documents. The group also improves the documents and broadens the reviewers' exposure to other parts of the IETF. The reviews do not cause the IESG to block a document; however, they may convince IESG members to block a document.[2]

Working Groups

The IETF has 24 working groups.[3]

Group Acronym Name Chairs
ace Authentication and Authorization for Constrained Environments Daniel Migault, Loganaden Velvindron
acme Automated Certificate Management Environment Deb Cooley, Yoav Nir
cose CBOR Object Signing and Encryption Mike Jones, Matthew Miller, Ivaylo Petrov
curdle CURves, Deprecating and a Little more Encryption Daniel Migault, Rich Salz
dots DDoS Open Threat Signaling Valery Smyslov, Liang Xia
emu EAP Method Update Joseph Salowey, Mohit Sethi
gnap Grant Negotiation and Authorization Protocol Leif Johansson, Yaron Sheffer
i2nsf Interface to Network Security Functions Linda Dunbar, Yoav Nir
ipsecme IP Security Maintenance and Extensions Tero Kivinen, Yoav Nir
kitten Common Authentication Technology Next Generation Robbie Harwood, Alexey Melnikov
lake Lightweight Authenticated Key Exchange Stephen Farrell, Mališa Vučinić
lamps Limited Additional Mechanisms for PKIX and SMIME Tim Hollebeek, Russ Housley
mls Messaging Layer Security Nick Sullivan, Sean Turner
oauth Web Authorization Protocol Rifaat Shekh-Yusef, Hannes Tschofenig
openpgp Open Specification for Pretty Good Privacy Stephen Farrell, Daniel Gillmor
privacypass Privacy Pass Joseph Salowey, Benjamin Schwartz
rats Remote ATtestation ProcedureS Nancy Cam-Winget, Kathleen Moriarty, Ned Smith
sacm Security Automation and Continuous Monitoring Christopher Inacio, Karen O'Donoghue
secdispatch Security Dispatch Richard Barnes, Kathleen Moriarty, Mohit Sethi
secevent Security Events Dick Hardt, Yaron Sheffer
suit Software Updates for Internet of Things Russ Housley, Dave Thaler, David Waltermire
teep Trusted Execution Environment Provisioning Nancy Cam-Winget, K. Tirumaleswar Reddy
tls Transport Layer Security Joseph Salowey, Sean Turner, Christopher Wood
trans Public Notary Transparency Melinda Shore, Paul Wouters