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Open vSwitch becomes a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project
CIO.com – August 10, 2016: The Linux Foundation has bagged another open source networking project. The open source virtual switch Open vSwitch (OVS) has become a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Just a few weeks ago CORD(Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) became a Linux Foundation project, joining other open source networking projects, including the SDN platform OpenDaylight and the SDN network operating system ONOS....Today there are more than 300 contributors across companies including Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and VMware. The project is governed by its own open governance model, like many other Linux Foundation projects....More and more components of data centers are becoming software defined — from compute to storage and networking. In these datacenters networking functions are increasingly performed by software running on servers, either as part of the application or within a hypervisor. And OVS is one of the major open source projects.... ...Full Story
After debate, ABA House calls for publication of privately drafted standards used in legislation
ABA Journal – August 10, 2016: A resolution calling on Congress to make privately drafted parts of the law freely available attracted accusations in the House of Delegates that the ABA was trying to give away other people's intellectual property.
When federal agencies incorporate privately drafted standards into their rules by reference, Resolution 112, passed by the ABA House on Tuesday, asks Congress to make the relevant portion of those privately drafted standards available to the public online. The measure, sponsored by the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, was intended to advance the idea that the American public should have access to laws that regulate things like food additives, windshield safety standards and toy safety. (This was the subject of an ABA Journal feature in 2014.)...the resolution was criticized Tuesday morning as both going too far and not going far enough.... ...Full Story
NIST's Network-of-Things Model Builds Foundation to Help Define the Internet of Things
NIST.gov – August 9, 2016: A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a basic model aimed at helping researchers better understand the Internet of Things (IoT) and its security challenges.
Examples of IoT systems include a smart electric grid, a home controlled by sensors, self-driving cars, smart factories, and heart health monitors.
But what is the IoT? There are many ways to describe the IoT. More than 20 professional and research groups have worked to characterize the IoT, but so far there is not one universally accepted definition. Despite that, the International Data Corporation predicts the global market for IoT solutions to grow to $1.7 trillion by 2020. After studying the recent attempts to define the IoT, NIST computer scientist Jeff Voas determined that "there is no formal, analytic or even descriptive set of building blocks that govern the operation, trustworthiness and lifecycle of IoT components," according to his introduction in the just-released NIST publication, Networks of 'Things.'
Voas created a new model based on distributed computing, which has been in use for decades. In distributed computing, computer components are networked and share messages about tasks to operate efficiently. A simple example is the local area network in an office where computers share a printer....
The Network of Things (NoT) model is based on four fundamentals at the heart of IoT— sensing, computing, communication and actuation.
The model's five building blocks, called "primitives," are core components of distributed systems. They provide a vocabulary to compare different NoTs that can be used to aid understanding of IoTs. ...Full Story
ISO/IEC JTC 1 Approves OASIS MQTT Internet of Things Standard
ANSI.org – August 9, 2016: The International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology, recently approved the OASIS consortium standard on Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) as an International Standard, ISO/IEC 20922.
MQTT, invented in 1999 by Dr. Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM, and Arlen Nipper of Arcom (now Eurotech), is optimized to enhance internet of things (IoT) interoperability. Developed as a lightweight messaging protocol, it requires significantly less bandwidth and is easy to implement, making MQTT well suited for IoT applications where resources such as battery power and bandwidth are at a premium.
The standard serves numerous sectors: healthcare professionals utilize it to communicate with bio-medical devices; it enhances home automation, and it serves as an enabler for telematics, and infotainment. The oil and gas industry also utilize the protocol to monitor vast stretches of pipelines. It also supports the interconnectivity of businesses and organizations that use a variety of IoT applications.
MQTT was submitted to the ISO/IEC JTC 1 process for Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) in July 2015. OASIS has been an approved JTC 1 PAS Submitter since September 2004, and is one of eleven organizations that are currently approved. Under the PAS procedures, organizations recognized as valid PAS Submitters can send their specifications directly to JTC 1 for national body voting to become ISO/IEC International Standards. To learn more about the ISO/IEC JTC1 PAS Submission process, see the JTC 1 website.... ...Full Story
MIIT Orders for Improved Standardization Process in Manufacturing
USITO – August 8, 2016: On August 2, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), National Standardization Committee and AQSIQ jointly issued a Notice on Standardization and Quality Improvement Plan for Equipment Manufacturing Industry.
The plans will provide a set of standards and guidelines for local companies that are seeking to improve manufacturing and meet baseline qualifications that are in line with the goals laid out in China Manufacturing 2025. These standards will help local companies understand how to upgrade manufacturing operations to meet intelligent manufacturing standards. For foreign manufacturers with operations in China, this will be a helpful indicator for understanding how MIIT defines intelligent manufacturing. ...Full Story
IEC Formally Adopts USB Type-C™, USB Power Delivery and USB 3.1 Specifications
ANSI.org – August 5, 2016: The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) recently announced that the IEC has formally adopted USB Type-C™, USB Power Delivery, and USB 3.1 specifications. The specifications define a truly single-cable solution for audio/video, data, and power delivery.
The USB-IF specifications were submitted to IEC Technical Committee (TC) 100, Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, and were approved for inclusion in the IEC 62680 series, Universal Serial Bus interfaces for data and power.
The standards are expected to enhance global action with a goal of reducing e-waste and improving re-usability of power supplies with a range of electronic devices. The IEC reports that its approach for ongoing standardization work in this space is driven by the ultimate goals of increasing external power supply re-usability, supporting consumer convenience, maintaining product reliability and safety, and providing for future technology innovations.... ...Full Story
OFAC Issues Further Confirmation of Its 2012 Guidance on U.S. Participation in ISO and IEC Standards Development
ANSI.org – August 4, 2016: On July 22, 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) received written clarification from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) confirming that international standards development activities do not violate OFAC's Iran sanctions regulations.
This comes in addition to guidance received earlier this year with respect to OFAC's Sudan sanctions regulations.
As OFAC stated in its initial guidance to ANSI on August 15, 2012, such activities were deemed to fall within the "informational materials" exemption to the sanctions regulations or are authorized under a general license which allows for collaboration on the creation and enhancement of written publications, such as international standards.
Thus, recognizing that ISO and IEC standards are created with input from member bodies in embargoed countries and adopted as national standards by member bodies in those countries, OFAC determined that participation in development of such standards by ANSI and its members is permissible under current OFAC regulations.ANSI anticipates receipt of similar letters from OFAC relating to Cuba and North Korea in due course. ...Full Story
NIST Seeks Grant Proposals for Disaster Resilience Research Studies
NIST.gov – August 3, 2016: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is making up to $3 million in grant funding available for research aimed at (1) advancing the principles of disaster resilience in the design of building and infrastructure systems, and (2) developing building codes and standards that will lead to reduction of impact caused by windstorm and coastal inundation, wildland urban interface fires and earthquakes. The Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) also seeks grant proposals for the development of innovative measurement methods and technologies to collect and evaluate building and infrastructure performance data in the wake of a hazard event. NIST anticipates funding five to 15 awards in the range of $300,000 to $1 million each for up to three years.
Applications for the Disaster Resilience Research Grants Program must be received in Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 23, 2016.... ...Full Story
Announcing Major Changes to the Issuer Identification Number (IIN) Standard
ANSI.org – August 2, 2016: Issuer Identification Number (IIN) is a standardized global numbering scheme used for the purposes of identifying institutions who assign unique account numbers to their customers, most typically for example, to support the issuance of a payment card....Within the current version of ISO/IEC 7812-1, an IIN is defined as a fixed-length numeric of 6 digits. ISO/IEC 7812-1 also defines the Primary Account Number (PAN), a number which is used to identify an individual account holder. The PAN is variable length, ranging from 8 to 19 digits.
ISO/IEC 7812-1 is currently undergoing revision to expand the IIN to an 8-digit numeric value from the current 6-digit numeric value. The PAN will continue to remain variable length, ranging from 10 to 19 digits. This change is being driven by an expected shortage in the available supply of IINs. The draft of this revised standard has currently been at the enquiry stage, and a Draft International Standard (DIS) has been distributed for voting by ISO member bodies since May 2016. The potential target for final publication of ISO/IEC 7812-1 by ISO is in early 2017....As of the publication date of the revised ISO/IEC 7812-1 (anticipated to be January 2017):
Get ready to use your fingerprints to make bank withdrawals
BDLive – July 28, 2016: USING a PIN for cash withdrawals and credit card transactions will soon seem as old-fashioned as signing your name.
The Payments Association of SA has announced a new standard for biometric authentication‚ which will mean fingerprints‚ palms‚ voices‚ irises and even faces can be used to identify cardholders at any bank or shop.
But the association says it has no plans to force businesses to use the technology‚ and none of the big banks has plans to use biometrics....The technology would be enforced only when there was large-scale deployment.
Bob Reany‚ global boss of identity solutions at MasterCard‚ predicted the first biometrics payment could happen as early as this year‚ because smaller players wanted to innovate to be seen as "cool".
The new system will enable fingerprints to be securely accepted by a biometric reader‚ encrypted‚ then validated. Reany said it would prevent fraud‚ as there would be no passport database.
Fingerprints would be saved only on the user's bank card chip. ...Full Story
EC to audit Apache HTTP Server and Keepass
EC Joinup – July 27, 2016: The European Commission is preparing a software source code security audit on two software solutions, Apache HTTP server and Keepass, a password manager. The source code will be analysed and tested for potential security problems, and the results will be shared with the software developers. The audits will start in the coming weeks.
The security test is the next phase in the pilot project, involving the IT departments of both the Commission and the European Parliament.
The choice for Apache HTTP Server and Keepass is the result of a public survey. Between 17 June and 8 July, the EU-FOSSA project asked the public to help select the most-appropriate software solution, based on a pre-selection of open source solutions in use at the two European institutes. The survey received 3282 comments, with respondents favouring Keepass and Apache HTTP Server.... ...Full Story
ETSI bundles standards for EU eID regulation
EU Joinup – July 26, 2016: The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has published a collection of standards for electronic signatures, electronic seals, electronic time-stamps, and for trust services providers. The publication coincides with the entering into force on 1 July of the European Union's eIDAS regulation on eID and trust services for electronic transactions.
The bundle of standards was created in April by ETSI's Technical Committee on Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures. "The set includes a total of 19 European Standards along with guidance documents and test specifications", ETSI writes.
The standards can be used to audit trust service providers and to assess their conformity with eIDAS Regulation requirements. Others cover the creation and validation of digital signatures and seals.
In April, ETSI updated its 'technical report on Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures'. This report details the standards that are involved, or could be involved, in electronic signatures.... ...Full Story
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