On July 15, 2014 the LONI Management Council (LMC) authorized the Executive Director of organizing a security working group composed of security practitioners from among our participants. The LMC was united in their believe that in the not to distant future if we don’t defend ourselves from cyberthreats from a backbone prespective then our individual participants will simply be overwhelmed by the challenge of scale and complexity. The LMC asked the question now that we have built the network what is the next big step for it use and the LMC responded with a security architecture which can be deployed on top of the network to protect all participants. The work group would advise the LMC and their respective employer in the areas of commond best practices, policies, procedures, tools and methods that can be shared to make our networking environment safer for our constituents. The work group is also charged with developing a security architecture that can expand to the size and complexity of LONI. The LMC expressed that a unified security architecture would only be successful if all of the participants got onboard and supported the solution.