What's New

The leading association of incident response and security teams released a new version of its CSIRT Services Framework. This is a formal list of services a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) may consider implementing to address the needs of their constituency.

Join the interview in progress featuring seasoned forensic investigator, Chad Tilbury. Chad is currently the Technical Director at CrowdStrike and a Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute. Windows credentials are arguably the largest vulnerability affecting the modern enterprise. Martin, Chris, and Chad talk common attacks, mitigation techniques, best practices, and what to attendees can expect to take away from Chad's workshop. Chad presents Monday, June 12 from 11:15-12:45 at the 29th Annual FIRST Conference at the Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Join the interview in progress! FIRST's official podcast team, Martin McKeay and Chris John Riley, are back! Martin and Chris kick off this year's series with FIRST Board of Director and 2017 Conference Liaison, Derrick Scholl. Amazing programming and new opportunities are abundant this year. Find out more about how you can make the most of your time at the 29th Annual FIRST Conference and what NOT to miss out.

In addition to the main conference programming, additional pre and post conference programming is now available for review. Please be sure to review as additional registration may be required for certain events/meetings.

The working draft of the 29th Annual FIRST Conference agenda has been posted. Please note that the agenda will be undergoing modifications over the next few weeks as we confirm our speakers. For any specific scheduling questions, please contact the planning team at first-2017@first.org.

The FIRST Board of Directors recognizes and shares the concerns of members and event attendees about recent changes in US immigration policy. We believe global participation is a prerequisite to developing strong and successful responses to internet security issues.

The comment period for the "Guidelines and Practices for Multi-Party Vulnerability Coordination", published by the Vulnerability Coordination SIG, was extended to February 28th, 2017. FIRST invites anyone with an interest in this area to review the current draft, available from https://www.first.org/global/sigs/vulnerability-coordination/multiparty, and provide comments for consideration.

For the first time the call was not extended, as a satisfying number of submissions from around the world have been received in time. Actually we have a representation of over 40 countries. While the number of submissions is much higher and much diverse from the previous years there is also a considerable lower number of presentations from the US, showing that the incident response and security teams have really become international. This year's conference chair, Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Kossakowski, a long term veteran in the cyber security community and past chair of FIRST, is looking forward for a fruitful discussion within the Program Committee consisting of over 60 volunteers. The reviews will be carried within the next six weeks. He is confident that a very interesting program will be presented in early February 2017 to the public.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), a recognized global leader in incident response has released the Call for Speakers for the 29th Annual FIRST Conference to be held in Puerto Rico, June 11-17, 2017. The Program Committee is looking for presentations on leading-edge research, challenging discoveries, working solutions and established best practices already adopted by more than a single team. They also invite fresh ideas and challenges presented to the global community for discussion and consideration.

A FIRST Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) operations workshop was taught on September 5th at the International ISC Conference on Information Security & Cryptology (ISCISC2016) at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is announcing it is renaming its Fellowship Program to the “Suguru Yamaguchi Fellowship Program” in honor and in memory of the late Dr. Suguru Yamaguchi, a former member of the Board of Directors for FIRST, from 2011 through 2013.

Join the interview in progress! The discussion dives into the very relevant issues that the AnubisNetworks team has been researching and fighting that have been arising out of the Asia-Pacific region. Chris chats with Joao Gouveia, CTO at AnubisNetworks and Nuno Vieira da Silva, Head of Sales at AnubisNetworks. AnubisNetworks has been a supporter and sponsor of the Annual FIRST Conference since 2015.

Join the interview in progress! Martin chats with Alex Sierra, CTO of Niddel and Alex Pinto, Chief Data Scientist at Niddel about their presentation, "Sharing is Caring: Understanding and Measuring Sharing Effectiveness." This presentation was delivered at the 28th Annual FIRST Conference in Seoul, South Korea, June 13, 2016.

The figures are still abysmal. So Kate O'Flaherty asks what can the information security industry do to encourage more women to join the sector?

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), a recognized global leader in incident response has successfully finished its 28th Annual Conference, which takes place this June (12th – 18th) in Seoul, South Korea. Co-hosted by the MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning), KISA (Korea Internet Security Agency) and KrCERT/CC, the conference was held at Conrad Seoul.