13 November, 2010

DSSA-WG Proposed Charter

The Joint DNS Security and Stability Analysis Working Group (DSSA-WG) has prepared a draft charter.

At their meetings during the ICANN Brussels meeting the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and the Number Resource Organization (NROs) acknowledged the need for a better understanding of the security and stability of the global domain name system (DNS). This is considered to be of common interest to the participating Supporting Organisations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs) and others, and should be preferably undertaken in a collaborative effort.

To this end the ALAC, ccNSO, GNSO and NRO agreed to establish a Joint DNS Security and Stability Analysis Working Group (DSSA-WG), in accordance with each own rules and procedures and invite other AC’s to liaise and engage with the DSSA-WG in a manner they consider to be appropriate.

The objective of the DSSA-WG is to draw upon the collective expertise of the participating SOs and ACs, solicit expert input and advice and report to the respective participating SOs and ACs on:
A.      The actual level, frequency and severity of threats to the DNS;
B.      The current efforts and activities to mitigate these threats to the DNS; and
C.      The gaps (if any) in the current security response to DNS issues.

NOTE:  One presumes that ICANN's new CIRT team can also be called upon to lend their expertise in these areas. 

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