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Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Review


In accordance with Article XI, Section 2 of the Bylaws, the role of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) is to advise the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems. This includes operational matters (e.g., matters pertaining to the correct and reliable operation of the root name system), administrative matters (e.g., matters pertaining to address allocation and Internet number assignment), and registration matters (e.g., matters pertaining to registry and registrar services such as WHOIS). SSAC engages in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and advises the ICANN community accordingly.

Status: Assessment Phase

March 2011

On 11 March 2012, the SSAC completed an Improvements Implementation Plan [PDF, 248 KB].
Silicon Valley Meeting – The Board approves the Bylaws revisions posted for public comment and in furtherance of the recommendations arising out of the SSAC review Working Group.

November 2010 – December 2010 The proposed Bylaw amendments are posted for public comment.
October 2010 The Structural Improvements Committee recommends that the Bylaws should be amended to achieve the recommendation of the Working Group on improvements to the SSAC.
March 2010 – June 2010 In March, the Board of Directors resolves to receive the SSAC Review WG Final Report and instructs the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) – at the Brussels meeting - to provide an implementation plan in coordination with staff. See Adopted Resolutions.
January 2009

The SSAC review WG publishes its final report (English [PDF, 284 KB]) pending Board decision:

[PDF, 207 KB] العربية Español [PDF, 260 KB] Français [PDF, 211 KB] Русский [PDF, 289 KB] 中文 [PDF, 275 KB]
September 2009

The SSAC review WG engages in an extensive round of consultations with the SSAC community – which released a structured document providing inputs to the work of the WG – and publishes its draft report (English [PDF, 208 KB]):

[PDF, 236 KB] لعربية Español [PDF, 228 KB] Français [PDF, 236 KB] Русский [PDF, 224 KB] 中文 [PDF, 392 KB]

The WG solicits input from the ICANN community via a public comment period.

May 2009 JAS communications issues its Final Report (English [PDF, 7.50 MB]) in light of input received from the community. A public comment period is launched and a summary of contributions provided.
March 2009 – April 2009 The draft Final Report is submitted to a round of public consultation. A staff summary may be found at:
February 2009

In Mexico, JAS Communications releases its Draft Final Report (English [PDF, 673 KB]) for presentation and discussion with the community. An executive summary is issued so as to facilitate consultation:

[PDF, 164 KB] العربية Español [PDF, 153 KB] Français [PDF, 128 KB] Русский [PDF, 128 KB] 中文 [PDF, 308 KB]
November 2008 At the Cairo meeting, the appointed consultant – JAS Communications – begins its assignment by collecting input and carrying out interviews.

The Board appoints WG Members:

  • Robert Blokzijl;
  • Dennis Jennings (Chair);
  • Reinhard Scholl; and
  • Suzanne Woolf.

The WG is formed to help ensure that the consultant's final report contains the information and to advise whether changes for the SSAC are necessary.

September 2008 Terms of Reference (ToR) and Request for Proposals (RfP) [PDF, 147 KB] are issued.

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