The USHER Policy Authority
The USHER certificate authorities' policies and practices are governed by a Policy Authority (PA), chosen by Internet2 to represent the interests, aims, and expertise of the U.S. research and education community. The following individuals comprise the USHER Policy Authority:
- Jim Jokl, University of Virginia – Chair
- Michael Gettes, Internet2
- Mark Luker, EDUCAUSE
- Barry Ribbeck, Rice University
- Jeff Schiller, MIT
- Renee Shuey, Penn State University
- David Wasley, University of California Office of the President, ret.
USHER may offer a set of CA services if participant requirements change over time. Therefore, the USHER Certificate Policy provides for higher levels of certificate assurance in addition to the initial USHER Foundation CA. The USHER PA determines how the strictures in the Certificate Policy shall be implemented and under what conditions certificates may be issued to Subscribers (subordinate or cooperating PKI domains).
The Policy Authority is responsible for:
- All USHER Certification Authority Certificate Policies;
- All USHER Certification Practice Statements;
- Creating and overseeing the operation of the USHER Operational Authority;
- Overseeing eligibility requirements for PKI domains desiring to interoperate by means of an USHER CA;
- Certifying policy mapping, path length and/or name constraints, if any; and
- After a PKI domain is issued a certificate by an USHER CA, requiring continued conformance by that PKI domain with applicable requirements as a condition for allowing continued recognition by USHER.