About the conference
Who should attend
Call for Papers
Where to stay
The annual FIRST Conference is a unique event. It focuses on the
field of computer security incident handling and response. In
recognition of the global spread of computer networks and the common
problems faced by computer owners, the conference is held in a
different part of the world each year. The presentations are
international in scope and include the latest in incident response
and prevention, vulnerability analysis, and computer security.
Additionally, these events serve as the foundation for the improvement
of computer security worldwide via the sharing of goals, ideas,
Any person who is responsible for the coordination of computer security
incidents will benefit from attendance at this conference. This
may include both members and non-members of FIRST, system
administrators, network administrators and management with computer
security responsibilities, law enforcement, consultants, contractors,
vendors, and incident response teams.
Registration information will be made available at the FIRST web
http://www.first.org/conference/2003/. Discount registration
fees are offered to paper presenters, early registrants, sponsors,
and FIRST members. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Call for Papers is published on the FIRST web
Submissions for tutorials, papers and panels are welcome. The
deadline for any submission is November 15, 2002. All questions
related to the call should be directed to email@example.com.
The 15th Annual FIRST Conference will be held at the Westin Ottawa
hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A block of
rooms is being held for conference attendees at a discount rate of
$219 Canadian. To receive the discount rate, you must make your
reservation prior to June 1, 2003 and mention that you are attending
the FIRST Conference. Reservation requests received after June 1st
will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. To make
your reservation, please contact the Westin Ottawa prior to June
1, 2003. (Phone +1-613-560-7000; Fax +1-613-560-2707).
Additional information can be found at
the hotel Web site.
This event will provide a prime opportunity to gain focused access
to a highly influential group of computer security incident response
experts around the world. We are seeking sponsoring organizations
that are committed to computer security improvement and are concerned
about the security infrastructure of the Internet and associated
Detailed information about a wide range of sponsorship opportunities
will be made available at the FIRST web site at
http://www.first.org/conference/2003/. Questions should be
Ottawa, Canada's Capital, sits on the border of the province of
Ontario in central Canada. It was made capital of the British
colonial Province of Canada in 1857.
Since 1969, Ottawa and Hull have been formally recognized as
Canada's "capital area."
Canada's Capital straddles the border of two provinces (Quebec
and Ontario), contains two major cities (Ottawa and Gatineau) and
has two official languages (French and English).
The Rideau Canal (built through the wilderness from 1826 to 1832
to link Ottawa to the Great Lakes) was one of the great engineering
feats of the 19th century.
Ottawa is one of four capitals (with London, Johannesburg and
Budapest) that are neo-Gothic in style and spirit. The complex,
picturesque quality of Gothic design distinguishes these from
neo-classical Rome, Paris and Washington, which are characterized
by a spirit of monumental grandeur.
Ottawa and Gatineau are home to eight national museums, storehouses
of Canadian culture.
The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is
an international organization that brings together a variety of
computer security incident response teams. These teams include
government, commercial, and academic organizations. Worldwide, FIRST
aims to foster cooperation and coordination in incident prevention,
to prompt rapid reaction to incidents, and to promote information
sharing among members and the global community at large. Further
information about the FIRST organization is available