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Packet Clearing House support for ICANN Strategic Plan

  • To: stratplan-2010@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Packet Clearing House support for ICANN Strategic Plan
  • From: Bill Woodcock <woody@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:25:04 -0800

Addressing specifically the matter of the security and stability of the domain 
name system, PCH commends ICANN's actions in investigating the impacts of a 
larger root zone, ICANN's operational improvements to the L-root nameserver and 
the other zones under their direct care, and ICANN's initiatives to coordinate 
communications and remediation between critical parties in response to direct 
threats to the DNS.

This last was particularly visible and beneficial in consolidating community 
response to the Conficker worm, among other challenges.  As a consequence of 
this demonstrated competence and efficacy, PCH heartily supports ICANN's 
endeavors in the area of DNS security coordination.  ICANN has shown itself to 
be the most appropriate institutional home for DNS security planning and 
liaison activities, supplementing, complementing, and coordinating the security 
staff and resources that reside in the network operations, equipment vendor, 
and academic communities.

ICANN's plan to create a CERT specifically serving the needs of the DNS 
community is an appropriate and admirable one, and has PCH's unconditional 

                                -Bill Woodcock
                                 Research Director
                                 Packet Clearing House

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