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Security and Stability Advisory Committee

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The '''Security and Stability Advisory Committee''' ('''SSAC''') advises the [[ICANN Board]] and community on matters related pertaining to the security correct and integrity reliable operation of domain names and the root name system, address allocation of [[IP]] addressesand Internet number assignment, including but not limited and registry and registrar services such as WHOIS. The SSAC also tracks and assesses threats and risks to security assurance for operational matters, administrative matters the Internet naming and registrations mattersaddress allocation services. <ref>[ SSAC overview]</ref>
==SSAC History and Membership==
During the ICANN meeting from November 2001, the ICANN Board asked the Board President to assign a President for "security and stability of the Internet's naming and address allocation system" which has the responsibility to create a an in-depth analysis of the risks and threats. In On May 13 year , 2002 , the President of the committee for security and stability was converted to the President of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).<ref>[ SSAC history]</ref>The SSAC's chair and members are appointed and can be removed by the [[ICANN Board]]. SSAC membership appointments run for three years, but there are no limits on how many times members can be re-appointed.<ref>[ ICANN Bylaws Article 12.2 (b)]</ref>[[Rod Rasmussen]] is the current Chair of the SSAC. He was appointed for another three -year term as Chair in September 2020.<ref>[ ICANN Resolution - SSAC Member Appointments, September 10, 2020]</ref> The current SSAC membership is as follows:<ref>[ ICANN - About the SSAC]</ref>
In order to fulfill its objective to advise [[ICANN]], SSAC develops comments, reports, and advisories on the issues which may concern the Internet community.
* ''Reports'' are technical documents that contain substantive information and are developed in a few months' time. The reports represent a well-structured, in-depth analysis of a specific topic and include recommendations for ICANN.* ''Comments'' are SSAC responses to reports created by other ICANN bodies or organizations. These comments are usually supplied through [[Public Comment]] proceedingsor to the ICANN Board when it asks the SSAC for an opinion. * ''Correspondence are documents concerning administrative, governance, or community-related issues and are normally signed by the SSAC Chair''.
* ''Advisories'' are concise documents containing useful, clear advice for ICANN and the Internet community so that they can act in a timely manner. The advisories supply recommendations and solutions for problems and ways to reduce risks and threats. <ref>[ SSAC reporting]</ref>
===SSAC Policy Advice Development Process===
#SSAC members, ICANN, the ICANN Board, or an SO or AC requests that SSAC review an issue.
#If the SSAC agrees to review the issue, a work party begins drafting a document.
#The Work party shares the document with those it might affect and then sends revisions to the SSAC.
#The SSAC posts the revised document for Public Comment.
#The SSAC reaches a consensus on the final document, which the SSAC chair shares with relevant parties in the ICANN community or legal team.
#The SSAC publishes the approved document and tracks and reviews its effects.<ref>[ How policy is developed]</ref>

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