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ICANN Successfully Completes Two Independently Conducted Service Organization Control Audits

2 April 2015 – ICANN today announced that it has achieved the Service Organization Control (SOC) 3 certification, formerly known as Systrust, of its Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Root Key Signing Key systems for the fifth consecutive year. The organization also successfully completed its second SOC 2 audit, which evaluates key systems used to support IANA transaction processing functions. International accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducted both audits.

"Annual independent audits represent one of a number of ways ICANN is striving to measure business excellence and enhance accountability," said Elise Gerich, ICANN's vice president of IANA & technical services. "We are committed to delivering a high standard of work and a program of continuous improvement in all areas of operation."

Read the blog post about ICANN's commitment to continuous improvement and enhancing accountability mechanisms in relation to the IANA functions.

About SOC Audits

SOC audits evaluate an organization's controls in relation to "trust services principles and criteria" developed and managed jointly by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). Learn more: http://iana.org/audits.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org


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