ICANN Systems Controls Validated by Annual IANA Functions Audit

ICANN has completed audits of the key systems used to deliver the IANA functions by Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). Accounting firm, RSM US LLP, conducted the audits of the Registry Assignment and Maintenance Systems (RAMS) and the Root ZoneDomain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) services for the period of 1 October 2017 through 30 November 2018.

For the sixth consecutive year, a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 audit of PTI’s RAMS shows that the ICANN organization has the appropriate controls in place to ensure the security, availability, and integrity of IANA request processing.

For the ninth consecutive year, an exception-free SOC3 has been achieved for the management of the DNSSEC Root Key Signing Key (KSK), which is the trust anchor of the Domain Name System. The SOC 3 demonstrates that effective security, availability, and process integrity controls exist to manage the Root KSK. The report is publicly available at https://www.iana.org/reports/2019/soc3-pe-201811.pdf.

“Ensuring appropriate controls are in place is an essential part of our commitment to the community. This year our team has achieved a commendable result under review by a new audit firm, while executing an ambitious hardware and software replacement program and successfully completing the first KSK rollover” said Kim Davies, Vice President, IANA Services and President, PTI.

SOC audits evaluate an organization’s controls in relation to “trust services principles and criteria” and are managed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


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.

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