Services

The following services are currently under development\deployment:

education roaming (eduroam)

education roaming is a global service, pioneered in 2003 by TERENA. Participating research and education institutions in over 40 countries worldwide now offer eduroam to students, teachers, researchers and other staff. With eduroam, users can move between campuses or visit other participating institutions at home or abroad and get instant, secure network access, without the inconvenience of guest accounts or extra passwords. Because eduroam removes the requirement for visitor accounts, it reduces the administrative and support burden for IT support staff within thousands of institutions. National coordination of this infrastructure is undertaken by National Roaming Operators, a role that is most often taken on by the National Research and Education Networking organisations (NRENs) of the countries concerned.

South African Federated Identities for Research and Education (SAFIRE)

SAFIRE is the implementation of a Federated Identity Management system in South Africa specifically for the Research and Education sector.

The full list of services providers to the SAFIRE federation can be found here.

Filesender

FileSender is a web based application that allows authenticated users to securely and easily send arbitrarily large files to other users

perfSONAR

perfSONAR is a toolkit deployed on stand-alone servers for network performance measurement and monitoring. It encapsulates best practice tools for measuring available throughput, loss and latency (amongst other performance parameters). See perfsonar.sanren.ac.za for more information including a map and test results of our South African deployment.

Africa-Arabia Regional Operations Centre (AAROC) services

The Regional Operations Centre (ROC) is the merger of three national grid initiatives (SAGrid, MAGrid and DZ-e-Science Grid), with the additional of some national and regional projects.

Services provided by AAROC include the Continuous Delivery service (CODE-RADE project) and Software-Defined Infrastructure.

Africa Grid Science Gateway

MConf Web Conferencing

Mconf multi-conferencing service is an exciting initiative which was chosen by the SA NREN for implementation on the SANReN Network. Mconf will greatly increase the opportunities for audio and video collaboration and content sharing for South African tertiary education and research.

Mconf is an open source web conference system built on top of (and around of) BigBlueButton. It is composed of several components, among them are Mconf-Live, a customized version of BigBlueButton that includes several new features, and Mconf-Web, a web portal where people can collaborate asynchronously, schedule and participate in web conferences. Mconf started at the end of 2010 as a research project in the University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, funded mainly by the Brazilian NREN, RNP. Mconf web conferencing will be launched as a production service at the SA NREN from 1 July 2015.

You can read more about mconf at mconf.org, the SA NREN production service and help guides on the SA NREN Mconf blog and access the SA NREN production service at MconfSA.

CSIRT

As an open, free-for-all environment, the Internet is a place where a lot of great things happen – unprecedented communications, knowledge transfer, information processing and innovative research – but the Internet has its risks too. One of the primary risks of connecting to the Internet is the exposure to threat agents with malicious intentions. This exposure can have serious implications – disconnection, theft of sensitive information, system compromise, etc. Following the outbreak of the Morris worm in 1988, the Internet community responded by establishing the first Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT®). Also known as a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), this is “an organization or team that provides services and support to a defined constituency for preventing, handling, and responding to computer security incidents”[1]. Where an incident is defined as a “single or a series of unwanted or unexpected information security events that have a significant probability of compromising business operations and threatening information security”[2]. Examples of incidents, which a CSIRT can assist with, include hacking, malware and denial of service (DoS) attacks.

Research and education institutions are not immune to these threats and attacks. In fact, news stories of university data breaches in particular are increasing.  The South African National Research and Education Network (SA NREN), comprising the SANReN network beneficiaries and TENET customers, is not immune to malicious activity. With information security incidents on the rise we need a way to respond in a coordinated manner before it is too late…

A CSIRT reference group has been formed out of a workshop run on 26-27 May 2015. The group leads are currently developing a business plan and proposal which will be presented to the community later this year.

[1] Alberts et al., 2004: Defining incident management processes for CSIRTs (http://www.sei.cmu.edu/reports/04tr015.pdf)
[2] SANS, 2009: Standard 27000: Information technology — Security techniques — Information security management systems — Overview and vocabulary