IETF Directorates, comprised of experienced IETF participants, often serve as advisory groups for IETF work.

Key Info

A directorate is defined in RFC 2418 in the following way:

"In many areas, the Area Directors have formed an advisory group or directorate. These comprise experienced members of the IETF and the technical community represented by the area. The specific name and the details of the role for each group differ from area to area, but the primary intent is that these groups assist the Area Director(s), e.g., with the review of specifications produced in the area."

Some directorates cover a whole IETF Area, such as the Security Directorate which covers the IETF Security Area (SEC). Some directorates are focused on a specific technology or industry activity, such as the Internet of Things Directorate. A complete list of directorates is available on the IETF Datatracker.


  • [1] RFC 2418
    IETF Working Group Guidelines and Procedures

    This document describes the guidelines and procedures for formation and operation of IETF working groups. This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.