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The Ietf Needed a Wake-Up Call on Security, Says Chairman

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A wake-up call.

Members of the Internet Engineering Task Force are focusing on security, and how to protect users from pervasive monitoring.


Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) members are focusing on security and how to protect users from pervasive monitoring in a meeting that began Sunday in London.

"Obviously it's important that we have reliable tools for e-commerce, banking, private communications and everything else," says IETF chairman Jari Arkko. "My vision of the end goal is that we try to build a more secure Internet based on the assumption that there are all these threats around us."

Arkko says the IETF also wants to make security features easier to use, and encourage standards organizations to think of security from day one when developing new protocols.

In conjunction with the IETF meeting, the Internet Architecture Board and the World Wide Web Consortium are organizing a high-level workshop that will more closely examine some of these challenges, including tradeoffs between strengthening security measures and performance. "At this meeting, we are talking about something that would enable authorization to work better in this environment," Arkko says. "Even if you have security, you need to decide who can use the thermostat at home."

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