InternetNZ seeks input from NZNOG on a proposed Industry Best Practice
Programme that would develop and document a range of local Internet
operational and technical best practice standards.
A brief overview of the Industry Best Practice Programme was given to NZNOG
conference attendees in January, and we are looking for further feedback on
the proposal via the NOG mailing list.
InternetNZ Industry Best Practice Programme
The proposed 'InternetNZ Industry Best Practice Programme' aims to create a
community of technical practice in New Zealand by encouraging collaboration
between network and service operators in defining best practice standards.
Technical best practice documents would be developed by small working
groups. These would form flexible codes of practice relating to the New
Zealand Internet, allowing ISP's, content providers and other Internet
service companies to select an overall best fit for their business.
For instance, a DoS Response/Containment document would likely define and
outline what steps would be taken in New Zealand should a large scale denial
of service attack occur here.
Other examples of best practice documents could include:
- Routing Registry Practices
- Use of BGP communities
- Mail Server Operations
- Peering Practices
- Phishing Response/Containment
- Emergency Response (Security)
- Natural Disaster Response
- Datacentre Standards and Classification
Participants are more than welcome to suggest other best practice document
InternetNZ is looking to finalise a few areas of the proposed development
process listed below:
Best practice documents specifying New Zealand ICT industry-accepted
technical practices and processes would be drafted by working groups
comprising two to four technical/industry experts.
Note: Working group members can be drawn from a range of NZ-based online
communities and industry organisations such as NZNOG, e-Government, the TCF
Draft documents, and subsequent iterations, would be floated on the NZNOG
mailing list for open debate and discussion, to achieve broad consensus and
Following consensus, finalised drafts would be published by InternetNZ as a
best practice document and filed on a public website.
InternetNZ would promote and publish the finalised best practice documents,
and provide administrative and secretarial support.
To encourage development of best practice documents InternetNZ would provide
a yearly travel grant, awarded to members of the top four successful working
groups that have had documents published.
Travel would be earmarked for international travel to technical conferences,
with the published best practice document being presented and/or compared
with similar best practices from other countries.
The InternetNZ Technical Policy Committee will select which documents are
subject to a development incentive.
Your feedback on this proposal is most welcome. We are particularly
interested in your views on how broad consensus would be achieved via the
NZNOG list, and suggested approaches for defining the top four best practice
Feel free to contact me off list also.
Executive Director - InternetNZ
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