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Minutes | Board Risk Committee (RC) | 10 September 2014

RC Attendees: Steve Crocker, Bill Graham, Ram Mohan, Mike Silber – Chair, Jonne Soininen, Kuo-Wei Wu, Gonzalo Navarro, and Suzanne Woolf

Other Board Member Attendees: Erika Mann

Executive and Staff Attendees: Susanna Bennett (Chief Operating Officer), Megan Bishop (Board Support Coordinator), Xavier Calvez (Chief Financial Officer), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Jacks Khawaja (Enterprise Risk Director), Cyrus Namazi (Vice President, DNS Industry Engagement), Francisco Arias (Director, Technical Services), Akram Atallah (President, Global Domains Division), Ashwin Rangan (Chief Innovation & Information Officer), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)

Invited Attendees: Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Markus Kummer, and Asha Hemrajani


The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken, and actions identified:

  1. Action items – Staff provided a recap of the action items stemming from ICANN 50 in London and indicated that most of the noted action items will be addressed in this RC meeting.

  2. New gTLD Risk Quantification Update – Staff provided the RC with a status update on the new gTLD risk quantification project. There are several objectives of the risk quantification. They are to: (i) identify key risks of the New gTLD Program; (ii) quantify the cost of the risks to ICANN associated with the New gTLD Program; (iii) review the risks for mitigation efforts and existing controls; and (iv) then create a communications plan.

    • Action: Staff to prepare a summary of the new gTLD risk quantification update to share with the community, with the goal being ICANN 51 in Los Angeles.

  3. Name Collision Update – Staff provided an update on: (i) the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework; (ii) the action items stemming from ICANN 50 in London; (iii) issues that have been identified to date.

  4. Universal Acceptance Roadmap and Communications Plan – Staff provided an update on the status of the Universal Acceptance Roadmap, informed the RC that there were no major changes suggested by the community through the public comment period, and indicated that the final Roadmap will be published soon. Staff provided an update on the status of the Communications Plan, informed the RC that staff is incorporating suggestions from the community provided through the public comment period, and indicated that the Communications Plan should be ready by the end of the month.

  5. Enterprise Risk Management Dashboard – Staff provided an update on the progress of the ERM Dashboard, which includes prioritization of risks and refinement of the KPIs. The RC discussed issues regarding prioritization, application of KPIs, and timing of the presentation of the ERM Dashboard data. Staff provided an overview of next steps, which include: (i) gathering the 2015 risk ratings; (ii) ranking the risks according to likelihood and severity of that risk; and (iii) creating a summary of the most critical risks affecting ICANN.

  6. DNS Risk Assessment – Staff provided a brief update on the DNS Risk Assessment. Staff will provide documentation regarding the top DNS-related risks for ICANN 51 in Los Angeles.

    • Action: Staff to prepare materials regarding top DNS-related risks for ICANN 51 in Los Angeles.

Published on 18 September 2014