Terms of Reference
Security Algorithms Group of Experts (SAGE)
The Security Algorithms Group of Experts (SAGE) is responsible for creating
reports (containing confidential specifications), draft ETSI deliverables in the
area of cryptographic algorithms and protocols specific to fraud prevention/unauthorized
access to public/private telecommunications networks and user data privacy.
SAGE provides a service to all ETSI Technical Bodies and organisations with whom
ETSI has a formal relationship e.g. other European standards bodies. All work
done by SAGE must be sponsored by the appropriate ETSI Technical Body or, with
the agreement of the Board, by an outside body. The full requirements (target
dates, commercial objectivities etc.) are defined by the sponsoring Technical
Body and variation requires the agreement of the sponsoring Technical Body. The
Technical Body is responsible for getting the agreement of the Board for
inclusion of items in the ETSI Work Programme that are to be carried out by
The objectives set by the Technical Body (or outside body) shall define the
level of confidentiality of the resulting output of SAGE. The output shall
either be "open" or "confidential": Open output is passed to the sponsoring
Technical Body and handled by use of the normal Technical Working Procedures.
Confidential output is passed to the Director-General and released to those
having need of the information, after first having received a written
The composition of SAGE shall be established by the Board upon a proposal put
before it by the Board Chairman in consultation with the Director-General.