Board Risk Committee (RC) – Minutes | 15 September 2011

RC Attendees: Steve Crocker (Chair), R. Ramaraj, Mike Silber, and Bruce Tonkin

RC Apologies: Suzanne Woolf

Other Board attendees: Sébastien Bachollet, Cherine Chalaby, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Erika Mann and Thomas Narten

Invited Attendees: Judith Vasquez

Staff Attendees: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; Xavier Calvez – Interim Chief Operating Officer; Elise Gerich – Vice President, IANA; John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Jeff Moss – Chief Security Officer; Samantha Eisner, Patrick Jones, Amy Stathos, and Alina Syunkova


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

  1. Software Development Process: Staff provided a briefing to the RC regarding the risk analysis and mitigation efforts for internal software development work, and the RC discussed prioritization of reviews and security testing based upon the business critical nature of programs and systems. Staff noted that security work is ongoing regarding the TLD Application System (TAS) for the new gTLD program. The RC noted that having a framework around software development or acquisition that includes risk review and mitigation would be an important step, as well as identification of audit standards.

    • Action:

      • Staff to provide initial draft of identification of business critical systems and associated risks and mitigation efforts, for RC review. This would serve as a baseline for future work.

  2. New gTLD Program Risk Assessment: The RC noted that there were upcoming Board presentations on operational readiness for new gTLDs that may identify further items for coordination from a risk perspective.

  3. ICANN Meeting Location Risk Assessment: Staff provided an update that the UN security phasing will no longer be available, and noted that staff was beginning to work on a new risk framework for evaluation of meeting locations.

    • Action:

      • Staff to provide update to the RC at one of the next two RC meetings.

  4. IDN Program: The RC carried on an earlier discussion related to risk management within the IDN Variant Project and discussed more broadly some risk identification work for IDNs in general.

  5. RC Workplan: The RC briefly discussed its upcoming work. Formal planning will be discussed at the RC meeting in Dakar, as well as a program presentation on the rollout of the improved icann.org website.