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Internet2 and GÉANT Host Joint United States and European Union Workshop on Trust and Identity

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 by Angela Stark
Tags: 2015 Global Summit, Frontpage News, International Community, Research & Education Networks, Security & Identity, Trust and Identity in Education and Research

ZURICH, Feb. 17, 2015—The Internet2 TIER (Trust and Identity for Education and Research) and GÉANT TIC (Trust & Identity Committee) initiatives met at a workshop in Zurich Feb. 3-4 to discuss the status and future of US-EU collaboration on trust and identity technology, policy, and federation efforts. The workshop was hosted at the offices of SWITCH, Switzerland’s national research and education network.

There was mutual recognition that trust and identity are increasingly critical aspects of research and education, particularly when viewed in the context of a progressively more global, and sometimes hostile, environment where campuses must orchestrate the delivery of services from multiple providers and collaborating organizations in a coherent, secure, and attractive manner. Workshop participants agreed that as a critical part of this delivery chain, global research and education networks have a responsibility to enable their constituencies to achieve these outcomes by providing products and services that are consistent with, and actively promote, the interests of their organizations and users.

While noting the challenges ahead, the workshop affirmed a commitment to deepen the level of EU-U.S. collaboration by seeking out opportunities to collaborate on joint developments, avoid areas of duplication, leverage compatible work, and further enhance the level of interoperability possible between researchers, scholars, and students on a global basis. The workshop also confirmed that the Internet2 TIER and GÉANT Trust & Identity initiatives are highly complementary, with their differing focuses on the campus and international elements respectively; both elements are needed for a globally interoperable environment and so, moving forward, the workshop agreed to strive to realize new synergies unleashed by closer alignment.

Specific goals arising from the workshop included the establishment of a strategic coordination group; identification of a venue and process for developing global standards; alignment of requirements for cloud providers; and a detailed mapping of existing U.S. and EU development projects and their underlying use cases. The group plans to convene again at the Internet2 Global Summitin Washington, D.C. in April 2015, and again at TNC 2015 in Porto, Portugal, in June 2015.

Shelton Waggener, senior vice president at Internet2, leading the U.S. delegation, said that “The past decade of developing and integrating complementary national identity federations provides a strong foundation for the next generation of trust and access services critical to our collective support of global research and education. The workshop reinforced that need and commitment to work together.”

Josh Howlett, head of Trust & Identity at Jisc and chair of the GÉANT Trust & Identity Committee, said that “The emerging global Trust & Identity needs of campuses and users requires a new phase of enhanced collaboration between research and education networks. I am very satisfied that we have achieved an important step forward toward that goal.”