Consultation on Secure Notification Processes

This consultation has concluded. A report of public comments has been compiled, and the record of submitted comments is published on the ICANN Public Comment page.

Consultation Objective

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract1 (SA1301-12-CN-0035) between ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to maintain the continuity and stability of services related to certain interdependent Internet technical management functions, known collectively as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority calls for a public consultation from all interested and affected parties to help satisfy the following objective:

C.3.2 Secure Systems Notification —  The Contractor shall implement and thereafter operate and maintain a secure notification system at a minimum, capable of notifying all relevant stakeholders of the discrete IANA functions, of such events as outages, planned maintenance, and new developments. In all cases, the Contractor shall notify the COR of any outages.

This consultation

The consultation process is being conducted using the ICANN Public Comment Process. The feedback received during this consultation will help ICANN implement a secure notification system that best meets the needs of the relevant stakeholders.

Implementation of the results of this consultation is planned for April 2013.

History of IANA-related Notifications

In the performance of the IANA functions to date, ICANN has used a number of mechanisms to notify relevant stakeholders of outages, planned maintenance, and new developments relating to the IANA Functions. These have included:

Updates Proposed by ICANN

In reviewing the contractual requirements, and based on the feedback and input ICANN has received to date in performance of the IANA functions, ICANN is proposing the following updates to its existing processes to better satisfy the need for secure notifications to IANA stakeholders: