The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is an open international community of network designers, professional users, and vendors who contribute to the development of the Internet and its smooth operation.
The IETF is open to any company or interested person and is officially represented by ISOC. It is a community of interest that deals with short- and medium-term problems of TCP/ IP and the related Internet. The body also addresses network management issues, such as Remote Monitoring( RMON) and Management Information Base( MIB) issues.
The IETF is divided into ten areas, which are in turn divided into subgroups: Applications, Internet Services, IP Next Generation( IPnG), Network Management, Operations, Routing, Security, Transport Services, and User Services. There are currently more than eighty working groups with more than 700 members developing proposals.