Security Dispatch (secdispatch) Proposed WG

WG Name Security Dispatch
Acronym secdispatch
Area Security Area (sec)
State Proposed
Charter charter-ietf-secdispatch-00-00 Internal review
Dependencies Document dependency graph (SVG)
Personnel Area Director Eric Rescorla
Jabber chat Room address

Charter for proposed Working Group

The Security Dispatch working group is chartered to consider proposals for new work in the SEC area an if the work is appropriate for the IETF and there is sufficient interest, identify, or help create, an appropriate venue for the work. In order to help the proposed new work succeed, the working group aims to assist the proposed new work in:

1. Providing a clear problem statement, motivation and deliverables.
2. Ensuring that there has been adequate mailing list discussion reflecting sufficient interest, a sufficient number of individuals have expressed a willingness to contribute, and there is WG consensus before the proposed new work can be dispatched.
3. Looking for and identifying commonalities and overlap amongst published or ongoing protocol work and the proposed new work. Such commonalities may indicate the possibility of reusing existing protocols or elements thereof published by other WGs, or expanding and/or refactoring the scope of deliverables in an existing active WG.
4. Protecting the architectural integrity of IETF protocols and ensuring that new work has general applicability.
5. Ensuring that the new work considers and seeks to improve security and privacy.

Precedence will be given to documents which have evidence of interest in the form of active drafts and list discussion.

Options for handling new work include:
- Directing the work to an existing WG.
- Developing a proposal for a BOF.
- Developing a charter for a new WG.
- Making recommendations that documents be AD-sponsored (which ADs may or may not choose to follow).
- By agreement with SEC ADs, processing simple administrative documents.
- Deferring the decision for the new work.
- Rejecting the new work.

The WG will attempt to come to a prompt resolution of the appropriate disposition of each proposal during the WG meeting.

If the group decides that a particular topic needs to be addressed by a new WG, the normal IETF chartering process will be followed, including, for instance, IETF-wide review of the proposed charter. Proposals for large work efforts SHOULD lead to a BOF where the topic can be discussed in front of the entire IETF community. The SECDISPATCH WG will not do any protocol work. Specifically, SECDISPATCH will always opt to find a location for technical work; the only work that SECDISPATCH is not required to delegate (or defer, or reject) is administrative work such as IANA actions. Documents progressed as AD-sponsored would typically include those that do not have general applicability to IETF protocols, but rather are only applicable to specific use cases and network deployments, for which the scope must be clearly specified.

Proposed new work may be deferred in cases where the WG does not have enough information for the chairs to determine consensus. New work may be rejected in cases where there is not sufficient WG interest or the proposal has been considered and rejected in the past, unless a
substantially revised proposal is put forth, including compelling new reasons for accepting the work.

A major objective of the SECDISPATCH WG is to provide timely, clear dispositions of new efforts. Thus, where there is consensus to take on new work, the WG will strive to quickly find a home for it. While most new work in the SEC area is expected to be considered in the SECDISPATCH working group, there may be times where that is not appropriate. At the discretion of the area directors, new efforts may follow other paths beside SECDISPATCH. For example work may go directly to BoFs (this is appropriate in cases of major new work which would clearly need a new WG), may be initiated in other working groups when it clearly belongs in that group, or may be directly AD sponsored.

Proposed milestones

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