Security and Stability Advisory Committee

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The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) advises the ICANN Board on matters related to the security and integrity of domain names and the allocation of IP addresses, including but not limited to security assurance for operational matters, administrative matters and registrations matters. [1]

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 in-depth analysis of the risks and threats. In 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).[2]

Rod Rasmussen is the current Chair of the SSAC. He was appointed for another three year term as Chair in September 2020.[3] The current SSAC membership is as follows:[4]

SSAC Support Staff

Support for the committee is provided by:

How does SSAC work?

SSAC conducts ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis for Internet allocation services to determine which are viable threats and how these threats could influence the stability of the Internet. SSAC advises the ICANN community based on the results of these assessments.

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 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 proceedings.
  • 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. [5]