Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

The SSAC is a volunteer group of specialists in the technical security field that provides advice and insight to the ICANN community and the Board.

DNS Security Reading List

I often get asked for background reading on the Internet's naming and address address allocation systems. So I've started to pull together a collection of links to documents and sites that I've found helpful in discussions about the security/integrity/resilience of the Internet's domain name system, along with some basic primers on Internet architecture. Suggestions and recommendations are avidly invited -- particularly for non-US resources.

-- Andrew

Internet Architecture

  • The Internet's Coming of Age (Committee on the Internet in the Evolving Information Infrastructure, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council) [2001]
    (Great in-depth introduction to how the Internet works & current issues of scaling, assuring integrity, robustness, etc.)
  • RFC 1958: Architectural Principles of the Internet (B. Carpenter, editor) [June 1996]

Domain Name System (DNS):

Root Name Servers:

Name Server Security:

DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC):

Very User-Friendly Introductions to the DNS:

General Internet Security Resources:

Governmental Communications:


Governmental agencies: