[ALAC] ICANN's risk management

Rinalia Abdul Rahim rinalia.abdulrahim at gmail.com
Sun Jan 25 05:01:27 UTC 2015

Dear Olivier,

Thank you for your comments.  Part of the board's agenda for Singapore is
to address the issue of risk when meeting with community on Constituency
Day in Singapore.  Please feel free to bring the issues and recommendations
up.  In the meantime, I will share your comments with the Risk Committee
and staff.

Do note that the list is not complete.  The Risk Committee sent out a
message to all SO/ACs recently requesting input to address gaps.  The list
does not yet reflect community input.  Also, risk ranking is done
internally.  Actual ranking and mitigation will not be disclosed to protect
the organization, but the Risk Committee would welcome any input from
community to inform ICANN's risk, risk ranking and mitigation.

Best regards,


On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 7:44 AM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>

> Dear Rinalia,
> thank you for this pointer. I am still nervous about ICANN's tendency to
> mix Risks to the DNS and Risks to ICANN. These are entirely different
> things.
> As such, the first example of Risk Management sends to a reference which
> provides an initial, but very incomplete example of DNS Risks:
> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-05-28-en
> The document then goes on to list an unordered list of Risks. That said,
> I concede that any ordered list with mitigation should be kept
> confidential and I therefore hope that the work will be undertaken
> competently by risks assessment professionals. My confidence in this
> process could be restored if the document which you point to at least
> mentioned what methodology (NIST 800-30, ISO31000, CRAMM, other) ICANN
> would use for its analysis and mitigation scenario building.
> The document also appears to imply that the list of Risks quoted is
> complete. I note only four risks relating to scaling and renewal of the
> ICANN community. I have given them numbers for easy referral:
> 1. Policy development process is too slow or ineffective, participants
> decrease or
> stagnate, or failure to bring new stakeholders into the model.
> 2. Perception of failure to implement and help achieve a global
> multi-stakeholder
> distributed IG ecosystem according to the widely accepted Net Mundial
> Principles.
> 3. Possibility that current supporting organization and advisory
> committee (SO/AC)
> structures cannot scale to include and support new global entrants and
> participants.
> 4. Lack of improving trust in the multi-stakeholder model.
> (4) is roughly a duplicate of (2). (1) and (3) also resemble each other.
> None of them mention capacity building. The ALAC is on record, on
> several occasions, explaining that bringing new stakeholders into the
> model is one thing but bringing them up to date and making them
> operationally active with the extremely complex topics addressed in
> ICANN is another. I would recommend that this risk is also addressed. I
> assert that this risk, along with the obvious knowledge/time imbalance
> between people whose job is directly related to domain names, versus
> people who volunteer to solely defend the public interest, is much more
> significant than the broad search for new stakeholders.
> Finally, I would suggest that the links in the document be checked: they
> failed a direct click on all of my navigators and needed to be cleaned
> up prior to pointing to the correct documents.
> Kindest regards,
> Olivier
> On 24/01/2015 13:33, Rinalia Abdul Rahim wrote:
> > Dear ALAC,
> >
> > FYI:
> >
> > Board Risk Committee shared a document on ICANN's risk management with
> > on Accountability.
> >
> > Publicly available at:
> >
> >
> https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/summary-risk-management-process-23jan15-en.pdf
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Rinalia
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> Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD
> http://www.gih.com/ocl.html

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