Attending: Von Welch, Dennis Cromwell, Chris Spadanuda, Klara Jelinkova, Susan Kelley, Pankaj Shah, Sean Reynolds, Steven Carmody, Brett Coryell, Michael Gettes, Celeste Schwartz, Ted Hanss, Ann West
With: Ken Klingenstein
Melissa Woo has moved from the University of Oregon to Stony Brook University in New York. She will remain on Steering.
Priority Planning - Ann reviewed the planning process followed last year and into this year. During 2015, a Steering priority subcommittee worked with InCommon staff on developing 2015 priorities. For 2016, there is a list of priorities developed by the InCommon TAC, augmented by Steering, with requests that have come from other areas. An internal group is assessing all of these inputs to develop a plan for 2016.
IDESG - Ann reviewed the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) which grew out of the federal NSTIC (National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace). Both are part of the federal NIST organization. NSTIC funded several partnerships (including one at Internet2/InCommon) to explore ways to increase security and access across the Internet. The IDESG role is to develop expertise, best practices, and tools for trusted identities. Jack Suess (UMBC) has served as research and education’s representative and voice on the IDESG. He will continue to serve through 2016, but Steering should review the status of the IDESG in the fall and be prepared to recruit a new representative.
The AAC is advisory to Steering in the area of developing assurance programs and strategies. The AAC recommends that Steering appoint these three individuals to terms on the AAC (terms ending 2018):
It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved to appoint Brett Bieber, Ted Hanss, and Joanna Rojas to the AAC, with terms ending 2018.
For information, continuing members of the AAC are:
Steve Carmody reported on the work of the Federation Interoperability Working Group, which had the goal of identifying key implementation methods for SAML2 implementations in research and education. They have developed a profile, which they plan to provide to Kantara, an international standards body, for review and promulgation. This profile will also inform InCommon’s development of a testing protocol and related services for this profile, allowing testing of IdP and SP implementations and conformance. TAC presents this profile/specification to Steering for review and acceptance.
Explanation - when an advisory committee like TAC promulgates documents and standards, Steering reviews/accepts them. These are highly technical documents, so Steering is being asked to consider policy implications and questions (rather than focus on the technology). See the Working Group Final Report and the SAML V2.0 Implementation Profile for Federation Interoperability.