Audit Programs

We are committed to ensuring the security and stability of the Internet's unique identifier systems. As part of this commitment, we conducts two third-party audits each year on different aspects of the IANA functions we provide. These audits evaluate our service organization controls (SOCs) against the “Trust Services Principles and Criteria”.

SOC 3 Certification of Root Zone KSK System

As the DNSSEC Root Zone Key Signing Key (RZ KSK) manager, we engage a third party to ensure we have appropriate internal controls in place to meet the availability, processing integrity and security objectives for our RZ KSK System. For this system, we use the SOC 3 framework (formerly known as SysTrust), with the audit conducted by the international accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC). We have engaged PwC to perform the SysTrust/SOC 3 audit since 15 June 2010. PwC has evaluated the IT operational practices and controls around the RZ KSK System and awarded us with SOC 3 certification with an unqualified opinion. We will renew this certification annually.

SOC 2 for our Registry Assignment and Maintenance Systems

As part of our commitment to the Trust Services Principles and Criteria, we engage a third party to ensure we have appropriate internal controls in place to meet the availability, processing integrity and security objectives for the key systems used to support the IANA function’s transaction processing. These systems are referred to as our Registry Assignment and Maintenance Systems (RAMS), and includes the Root Zone Management System, and the system used to manage IETF protocol parameter registries and number allocation requests. The RAMS are audited using the SOC2 framework, with the audit conducted by PwC.

The SOC 2 audit report is provided to the relevant oversight bodies to fulfill a requirement of the contract between PTI and ICANN; the Memorandum of Understanding between ICANN and the IETF; and the SLA contract between ICANN and the five Regional Internet Registries.

PwC has prepared SOC 2 reports covering periods commencing June 2013, with audits conducted on an annual basis.

About the Trust Services Principles and Criteria

The Trust Services Principles and Criteria is an international set of principles and criteria developed and managed jointly by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). The SOC 2 and SOC 3 examination is a rigorous process developed by the AICPA and CICA to provide independent assurance that an organization's systems are reliable. Our SOC certification and reports focus on the following Trust Services principles:

Each principle is supported by well-defined and detailed criteria that encompass a company's infrastructure, software, data, people, and procedures.

SysTrust/SOC 3 Reports