CTAB Call Tuesday April 5, 2022


  • David Bantz, University of Alaska (chair) 
  • Jon Miner, University of Wisc - Madison (co-chair)
  • Pål Axelsson, SUNET
  • Sarah Borland, University of Nebraska 
  • Ercan Elibol, Florida Polytechnic University
  • Richard Frovarp,  North Dakota State 
  • Eric Goodman, UCOP - InCommon TAC Representative to CTAB 
  • Andy Morgan, Oregon State University
  • Rick Wagner, UCSD 
  • Chris Whalen, Research Data and Communication Technologies 
  • Jule Ziegler,  Leibniz Supercomputing Centre 
  • Robert Zybeck, Portland Community College 
  • Tom Barton, Internet2, ex-officio 
  • Johnny Lasker, Internet2 
  • Kevin Morooney, Internet2 
  • Ann West, Internet2 
  • Albert Wu, Internet2 
  • Netta Caligari, Internet2 
  • Emily Eisbruch, Internet2   


  • Meshna Koren, Elsevier
  • Dave Robinson, Grinnell College in Iowa, InCommon Steering Rep, ex-officio


 Working Group Updates

  • REFEDS Assurance 
    •  No updates
  • REFEDs MFA Sub Group
    • Met this morning
    • Writing  a proposed draft/ revision to the REFEDs MFA profile to illustrate recommendations produced earlier
  • SIRTFI Exercise Working Group
    • Polishing the call for participation in the exercise
    • Deciding how large of an exercise this should be
  • InCommon TAC Updates
    • No Updates
  • NIH Assurance Work
    • No updates
  • InCommon Steering
    • InCommon Steering meets once per month; met yesterday, April 4
    • Focus on security at the April 4 call  
    • Several InCommon Steering members weighed in for having enforceable standards with teeth and accountability
    •   We need to be aware of potential impacts, and which part of our community has resources  to fulfill security requirements
    • SIRTFI testing, SIRTFI Exercise Working Group,  is important to Steering
    • Hope to have someone from REN-ISAC on the SIRTFI Exercise Working Group tabletop exercise

CTAB Work Plan  

    • Theme is scaling interoperability
    • Suggestion to defer some work plan items, since there may be too many in the current list
  • Discussion of some of the work plan items:
    • Work Plan Item: Review new REFEDS Entity Categories & MFA profile
      • Plan is to recommend use of personalized entity category instead of R&S
      • R&S and the new entity categories  (anonymous, pseudonymous, personalized) may exist side by side for several years
      • InCommon may want to provide guidance to InCommon federation participants on best way to use/support entity categories
      • Suggestion that best practice guidance is needed from REFEDs
      • Need to explain to the community how/when to use the new entity categories

    • Work Plan Item: Settle how we’ll handle TLS security
      • What process should we follow

  • New work plan item: Decide how to monitor on-going compliance with Baseline Expectations to help participants maintain adherence
    • Albert: InCommon operations is working on strengthening contact management, finding out "are you still there, are you still the right person?"
    • Scanning that’s being done for BEv2 is helping collect info

  • Suggested process for achieving the work plan items
    • For some items,  get community involvement and create white papers with recommendation

Action Item: CTAB members: sign up for work plan items you are interested in working on

Action Item: David, Jon and Albert  will do editing and cleaning up on the Work Plan document  

Next CTAB call: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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