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Scorecard

PoS Provider
The scorecard is designed explicitly for the evaluation of PoS providers. It includes a list of evaluation criteria, their corresponding weighting, and best practices for using the scorecard effectively.
Whether you are a PoS provider looking to improve your practices or a business owner seeking to evaluate potential providers, we hope this scorecard will be a helpful resource. By using a structured and objective approach to evaluation, you can make informed decisions about which provider best fits your needs.
Criterion
Description
Assessment
Weight
Business Operations General Information
Evaluation of General Provider Information
  • Legal entity
  • Jurisdiction
  • Terms of Service
  • Longest-running Validator
  • External Investments and Partnerships
  • Foundation Delegations
  • Public Team
Best Practices
  • Registration of a Legal Entity
  • Business in a Non-Sanctioned Country
  • Crypto-specific Terms of Service
  • Running Business for longer then 6month
  • Investments or partnerships available
  • Received foundation delegations
  • Team publicly viewable
160 Points
Business Operations Delegator Protection
Aspects of Delegator Protection
  • Slashing Protection
  • Funds for Delegator Protection
  • Business Insurance
  • Delegator Transactions
Best Practices
  • Slashing Protection and Insurance available
  • Dedicated Funds for Delegator Protection
  • Business Insurance available
  • Sending "wrong" delegated funds back
72 Points
Business Operations Resilience to Market Downturns
Withstand Bear Markets Conditions
  • Provider Information on sAuM and costs
  • Cash reserves
  • Alternative income streams
  • Earnings Dashboard
  • MEV Participation
Best Practices
  • Proof of Reserves
  • Profitably through the Downturn
  • Having alternative Income Streams
  • Monitoring the Earnings
  • Participate in MEV
88 Points
Reliability On-Chain Metrics
Prove of On-Chain Performance
  • Networks
  • Validating since
  • Commission Rates
  • Uptime
  • Slashing Events
  • Process Improvements
Best Practices
  • Proof of Track Record for Validators
  • Uptime above 99.5%
  • Low Commission Rate Changes
  • No Soft Slashing Events
  • No Double Signing Events
188 Points
Reliability Validator Maintenance
Availability for Maintenance
  • On-Call Rotation
  • Maintenance Team
  • Monitoring Systems
  • Events covered by Monitoring
  • Upgrading Processes
  • Shutdown of Validators
Best Practices
  • 24h/7d On-Call Rotation available
  • 3+ DEVs to maintain
  • Various Monitoring Systems with Notifications
  • Alarms for On-Chain Events
  • Predefined Processes for Network & Validator Upgrades
  • Timely and network-wide notification when validators are turned off
188 Points
Security Setup Internal Policies
In-House Standards
  • Application Vulnerabilities
  • Access to Production Systems
  • Private Key Policy
Best Practices
  • Multiple Systems to mitigate Application Vulnerabilities
  • Strict Access Policies for Employees
  • Encrypted, SSM, HSM, Horcrux Usage for Private Keys
130 Points
Security Setup Infrastructure Setup
Node Setup
  • Type of Validator Infrastructure
  • Alarm Systems for Infrastructure
  • Alarm Events
  • Geographically Diversification
  • Redundant Infrastructure and Backups
  • Bug Bounty Program
  • Certifications
  • Engineering Experience
Best Practices
  • Colocation Facility or self-maintained Barer Metal Infrastructure
  • Alarm systems in case of infrastructure failure
  • Geographically diversified Infrastructure
  • Redundant Infrastructure available
  • Continuous Back-ups of active Validator Set
  • Run a Bug Bounty Program
  • Holding Certifications for your Services
  • DEVs with Experience in DevOps
174 Points
Total
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1000 Points