SSC Assignment Overview

Emily Taylor has resigned from the Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the DNS (SSR2) Review Team. The SSC has been tasked with recommending a replacement candidate to the GNSO Council. This candidate will likely be selected from the pool of alternates identified during the initial evaluation of candidates for the SSR2-RT. The list of candidates and their application materials are available at the bottom of this page. The role should be filled as soon as possible. The SSC aims to make a recommendation in time for the GNSO Council to consider the selection during the 24 August Council meeting.

About the SSR2:

Current composition of the SSR2:

From the Original Call for Volunteers


  • Participate in creation of review team governance documents, such as the terms of reference, scope of the review and the timeline;
  • Review implementation of the first SSR Review Team's recommendations as approved by the ICANN Board;
  • Select appropriate performance indicators and benchmarks, including considering those recommended [PDF, 1.16 MB] by the first SSR Review Team, and those on which data has already been collected;
  • Apply best practices designed to simplify and increase the effectiveness of Reviews as expressed in Reviews Policies, Procedures and Guidelines;
  • Consider public, community and Board input and incorporate it as appropriate in Review Team recommendations;
  • Determine whether additional data or analysis is needed and participate in an ensuing provider selection, if necessary;
  • Provide timely updates to the community on the status of the Review Team's work;
  • Analyze findings;
  • Draw conclusions based on findings, develop useful and feasible recommendations;
  • Provide guidance on prioritization of recommendations and definition of desired outcomes;
  • Provide draft conclusions for input from community, staff and Board;
  • Deliver a final Review Team report;
  • Designate Review Team members to participate in the implementation planning work that follows the delivery of the final Review Team report.

Skills and Experience

To compose a well-balanced Review Team, ICANN seeks members who, in the aggregate, possess the following skills and experience:

  • Internet Unique Identifiers, including; DNS (Domain Name System), IP Numbering, AS Numbers, and Protocol Parameters
  • Mitigating Unique Identifier abuse
  • Registry and Registration security and abuse
  • Operation of the DNS root name system
  • Understanding of malware and abuse vectors and mitigations
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Corporate Data Security and/or Business Systems
  • Incident Response

Composition of the Review Team, depending on skills required, will aim to achieve:

  • Diversity in general, with particular attention on:
    • Geographic diversity; and
    • Gender diversity.

Desired Attributes

Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

  • Multistakeholder community understanding
  • Team spirit, adaptability, consensus-seeking attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Readiness to contribute
  • Capacity to reason objectively, putting aside personal opinions or preconceptions
  • Analytical skills



Seeking endorsement from SO/AC

SO/AC Nomination Received



SG/C affiliation
 Rao Naveed Bin Rais 


(Updated on December 21, 2016)

Norm RitchieGNSOGNSONANone

Staff Assessment of Applicants' ExpertiseSSR2 Rev Applicants - GNSO - 16 December 2016.xlsx

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