ICANN: Analysis Group Selected to Conduct the SSAC Review

ICANN has contracted Analysis Group to conduct an independent review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC).

Selection of the Independent Examiner

The selection of an independent examiner is performed in accordance with ICANN‘s procurement process. All submitted proposals were carefully evaluated against selection criteria developed in collaboration with the SSAC, including:

  • Technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ICANN.
  • Methodology.
  • Independence, including no conflict of interest.

SSAC Organizational Review

The purpose of this review, according to ICANN‘s Bylaws, Section 4.4,  is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. This review will also determine if the SSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders.  Finally, the SSAC Review will assess the effectiveness of the improvements resulting from the previous SSAC Review conducted in 2009-2010.

The review is scheduled to commence immediately and it is anticipated to conclude in November 2018.


The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet’s naming and address allocation systems. This includes operational, administrative, and registration matters. SSAC engages in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and advises the ICANN community accordingly. For more information on SSAC, click here.


For latest updates and opportunities to participate, visit the SSAC Review Wiki Workspace Page

For a permanent file of essential milestones, outputs, and final deliverables, visit the SSAC Review Page on ICANN.org.

For additional information about Analysis Group, visit their website.

The SSAC Organizational Review is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4 “Periodic Review of ICANN Structure and Operations.”


ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.