Protocols and Security for Management
(Continuation of Question 18/4 and part of Question 17/4 (2001-2004))
The telecommunications management network (TMN) has established
architecture and interfaces for exchanging management information between
network elements and management systems and between management systems.
The management applications and interfaces are influenced by new transport
technologies in wireline and wireless networks. New technologies introduced
in the access and core networks, the convergence of voice, data and video
services and introduction of control plane in automatic switched optical
networks are all influencing factors.
These technologies and services evolution imposes requirements on both
the protocol capabilities and security considerations when the management
traffic is exchanged on the same networks with data traffic. In addition,
it is necessary to determine how to take advantage of Distributed Object
Technology and other new e-commerce based solutions in extending the protocol
specifications. These solutions encompass the use of multiple Telecommunications
and IT infrastructure paradigms, for secure communication of Network and
Systems Management information between Managing and Managed Systems.
Because the management of network security is critical to telecommunications
infrastructure, solutions should include management of security functions.
This Question is responsible for the maintenance of OSI Systems Management
and TMN Q and X interface Protocol Recommendations. These are: X.710, X.711,
Q.811, Q.812, and Q.814 Recommendations.
This Question is responsible for the maintenance of Security of
Management and Management of Security Recommendations. These are: M.3016
Series, X.736, X.740, X.741, M.3210.1, Q.813, Q.815, and Q.817 Recommendations.
Close cooperation is required with other ITU Questions dealing with the
development of control and management plane requirements as well as service
features for signalling and switching control.
Study items to be considered include, but are not limited to:
What external standards are applicable for the work below.
What security mechanisms and protocols are required to support
security of management in a converged and next generation networks?
What management mechanisms and protocols are required to support
management of security in a converged and next generation networks?
What new Recommendations and enhancements to existing Recommendations
are required to meet the current and future protocol requirements
for the management of new technologies and next generation networks?
How do the requirements for Management Communications Network and
Signalling Communications network are aligned when the same
protocols are used in the network layer?
Are there new services and extensions required for the distributed
processing support currently included in the protocol
specifications for TMN
What protocol support and support services required to exchange management
information adopting e-commerce based solutions as defined by tML framework in
Recommendation M.3030, following the requirements of Q7/4?
What new TMN protocols are needed to support management of new classes
of network elements, networks and services in a converged also
known as next generation networks?
What additional interworking mechanisms are required to support the
integration of elements managed with special and general purpose
(define in Recommendation M.3017) paradigms into the TMN?
What protocol security mechanisms are required to
support management in a converged network?
What is required to handle defects in published Recommendations,
including progression of draft technical Corrigenda for X.710
and 711? The X.700 Implementers’ Guide will be re-issued at
each study group meeting as necessary.
Tasks include, but are not limited to:
|Evolve M.3016 Series Recommendations.
|Develop Management of Security Recommendations
augmenting existing Security Recommendations.
|Revisions of Recommendation Q.811 and Q.812 to
incorporate management communications network requirements
currently included in G.7712.
|Develop interworking recommendations when
multiple paradigms are supported by network elements in multiple
|Revision of Recommendations Q.811 and Q.812 to
address protocol requirements of tML based on existing external
XML based network management standards.
|Development of conformance pro-forma for
protocol stacks to support tML.
- Study Groups 17 (lead SG on telecommunication security), 13 and 15.
- Appropriate regional standards bodies, including ATIS TMOC.
- OMG, TM Forum, MFA Forum, DSL Forum, W3C, ETSI TISPAN, and 3GPP.