[cabfpub] Ballot 203: Formation of Network Security Working Group

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Mon Jun 5 06:47:48 UTC 2017

*Ballot 203: Formation of Network Security Working Group*

Purpose of Ballot: To form a Network Security Working Group to
re-evaluate the CAB Forum's Network Security Guidelines.

The following motion has been proposed by Gervase Markham of Mozilla and
endorsed by Jeremy Rowley of DigiCert and Moudrick Dadashov of SSC:


In accordance with Section 5.3 of the CA/B Forum Bylaws, the chartering
of a new Working Group requires a ballot. This ballot charters the
Network Security Working Group.

The CAB Forum's Network Security Guidelines were adopted in August 2012
but have not been updated since. Significant doubts have been raised as
to their fitness for purpose in 2017. Therefore, the Working Group’s
charter will be as follows:


1. Consider options for revising, replacing or scrapping the Network
Security Guidelines.


1. An extensive report with one or more proposals for the future of the
Network Security Guidelines.

2. For proposals involving replacement with an existing framework or
standard, details of the availability and applicability of the proposed
alternative, and what modifications if any would be needed to it in
order to make it suitable for use.

3. For proposals involving revision, details of the revisions that are
deemed necessary and how the document will be kept current in the future.

4. For proposals involving scrapping, an explanation of why this is
preferable to either of the other two options.

5. If there are multiple proposals, optionally a recommendation as to
which one to pursue and an associated timeline.

6. A form of ballot or ballots to implement any recommendations.


The Working Group shall expire once the deliverables have been
completed, or if the group agrees that it cannot achieve the 2/3rds
endorsement required by the bylaws for any proposal.


The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:



Start time (22:00 UTC)


End time (22:00 UTC)

Discussion (7 to 14 days)

	5th June

12th June

Vote for approval (7 days)


12th June   


19th June


Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread on the
Public list. A vote in favor of the motion must indicate a clear 'yes'
in the response. A vote against must indicate a clear 'no' in the
response. A vote to abstain must indicate a clear 'abstain' in the
response. Unclear responses will not be counted. The latest vote
received from any representative of a voting member before the close of
the voting period will be counted. Voting members are listed here:

In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes
cast by members in the CA category and greater than 50% of the votes
cast by members in the browser category must be in favor. Quorum is
shown on CA/Browser Forum wiki. Under Bylaw 2.2(g), at least the
required quorum number must participate in the ballot for the ballot to
be valid, either by voting in favor, voting against, or abstaining.
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