IOT Operations

Document Proposed charter IOT Operations WG (iotops)
Title IOT Operations
Last updated 2020-10-13
State Draft Charter Initial chartering
WG State Proposed
IESG Responsible AD Warren Kumari
Charter Edit AD Warren Kumari
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The IOTOPS working group is for the discussion of operational issues
related to Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the publication and
standardization of documents that relate to management of IoT devices, in
particular related to device onboarding and lifecycle management.

IoT has a rather nebulous definition with different meanings for different

For the purposes of this WG, its focus is on devices that are:
  - networked - either to the Internet or isolated domain(s),
  - have a very limited end user interface or no end-user interface at all,
  - are deployed in sufficiently large numbers that they cannot easily be
  managed or maintained manually.

The IETF has been working on a wide variety of protocols for use by machine to
machine communication that are applicable to IoT devices. Such protocols and
Working Groups include CoAP, CBOR, DRIP, 6TISCH, ROLL, LAKE, LPWAN, LWIG, SUIT,
SZTP, and Manufacturer Usage Description.

IOTOPS will solicit input on IoT device related operational issues and
practices, existing and proposed technologies related to the deployment,
operation and lifecycle management of IoT devices. IOTOPS provides a venue for
IoT experts and other interested parties to engage in discussions of IoT
requirements of networking standards, as well as proposals for new uses of IP
technology in IoT specific scenarios. Where new protocols or revisions to
existing protocols are needed, IOTOPS will help identify candidate venues
within IETF for their development.

In cases where there are no other suitable venues, the WG may develop
protocols, primarily of an operational nature or initiate the creation of a WG.
This work will be coordinated with the responsible ADs.

IOTOPS WG charter is restricted to:
Take input and discuss issues related to the operational management of IoT
devices. Not limited to, but including:
  - factory provisioning of devices
  - onboarding of devices
  - access control of devices to network resources
  - administrative control of devices
  - software/firmware upgrades
  - isolation/quarantine of devices
  - remediation of broken devices
  - end of life management of devices
Work on onboarding protocols, specifically including derivatives of BRSKI, but
not limited to only that protocol.

Discuss work related to IoT operational security. This should be discussed with
SECDISPATCH and the WG must consult with the OPS and SEC ADs before adopting
any documents in this area.

Produce requirements documents related to new IoT operations work if needed. 
The resultant work may be carried out in other WGs, new WGs formed specifically
to work on those items, or in the IOTOPS WG itself.

Maintenance and extensions related to MUD (Manufacturer Usage Description)
[IESG Note - moved from OPSAWG (discussion)] Maintenance and extensions related
to the BRSKI onboarding protocol [IESG Note - moved from ANIMA (discussion)]

Proposed milestones

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