FIRST in the News

GPD’s executive director Charles Bradley talks to Gaus Rajnovic, chief financial officer and board member at the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), and GPD’s Lead Strategist Matthew Shears, about multistakeholder approaches to cybersecurity.

Investment & Pensions Europe — Daniel Ben-Ami writes for IPE about how financial institutions are involved in a cyber arms race against criminals. He notes how many of these companies are members of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams.

CaribbeanBusiness (Spanish) — Augustin Criollo Oquero of CaribbeanBusiness interviews Héctor Martínez of local host GM Security Technologies about the FIRST conference in Puerto Rico, and how security is a global problem with a local context.

El Vocero (Spanish) — José Carmona of El Vocero speaks with Derek Manky of Fortinet, a long standing FIRST member, and Margrete Raaum, Chair, about the FIRST conference and its visit to Puerto Rico.

CNN — Barak Seener writes about a NATO-style Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition of 41 Sunni states, and how it plans to reach out to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams to cooperate on its response to cyber-attacks.

News is my Business — A local Puerto Rican business outlet writes about the FIRST conference, quoting Margrete Raaum and Maarten Van Horenbeeck of FIRST, and our local host, Héctor G. Martínez of GM Security Technologies.

European CIIP Newsletter – FIRST Chair Margrete Raaum describes how FIRST as an international umbrella organization connects incident responders worldwide, and how it can benefit the European energy sector.

Forbes - "FIRST.org is one example among many other professional associations of cyber defenders that now struggle with holding technical conferences in the wake of the immigration ban uncertainty," said Katie Moussouris, founder and CEO of Luta Security in an interview with Forbes.

One Magazine (Spanish) – Valencia hosts the TF-CSIRT and FIRST conference, bringing together representatives of the most important centers for the protection of international cybersecurity.

ITProPortal — Without a doubt, 2016 was the year of the DDoS. The year came to a close with a major DDoS attack on DNS provider Dyn, which took down several major internet sites on the Eastern US seaboard. This attack was different - not so much in terms of its volume or its technique, but in the fact that instead of being directed at its intended target, it was targeted at network infrastructure used by the target.

Fedscoop – Shaun Waterman of Fedscoop covers a project of FIRST members and the NTIA to describe vulnerability coordination scenarios and corresponding patterns of communication.

ITWeb Africa – Article describes the 5th Regional Cybersecurity Summit in Egypt, and mentions training FIRST has organized together with the government of Egypt.

SC Magazine UK – Thomas Schreck and Margrete Raaum of the FIRST boardy told an audience at 4SICS 2016, co-organized by FIRST, on why cyber-threat intelligence plays an important part in information sharing in the energy industry.

SecurityIntelligence.com – FIRST conference one of nine “conferences worthy of consideration for the security leader or CISO, security professional and operational business leader.”

Network Security Journal – FIRST Board member Serge Droz comments on why encryption technology often gets a strong response from governments.

NCCIC Monitor Newsletter – The newsletter of the US Industrial Control Systems CERT describes how their team won first place in the annual Dragon Research Group FIRST Challenge at the 28th Annual FIRST Conference in Seoul.

SCMagazine.co.uk – Kate O’Flaherty asks what the information security industry can do to encourage more women to join the sector. FIRST Chair, Margrete Raaum, responds.

Digital Times (Korean) – Margrete Raaum, Chair of FIRST, and Kee-Seung Baik, President and CEO of the Korea Internet & Security Agency, discuss the forthcoming FIRST conference in Seoul, Korea from June 12th – 18th.

DigitalNewsAsia – Fortinet security expert Derek Manky discusses working with FIRST for about four years, setting up non-commercial intelligence exchange with appropriate stakeholders.

BlueKaizen – an interview with Maarten Van Horenbeeck, former chair and Board member of FIRST, discussing the benefits for an organization to join, and how the organization contributes to dealing with complex security incidents.

Ghana News Agency – FIRST and AfricaCERT organize a two-day training workshop and regional symposium on cyber security on the team, “Joining Forces to Promote Cyber Security in Africa”.

Estadão (Portuguese) – FIRST Board member Maarten Van Horenbeeck is interviewed on the impact of security vulnerabilities on an ever growing and more interconnected internet.

CircleID — This article in CircleID covered how the Internet Society and the Internet Architecture Board developed and hosted a one-day “Coordinating Attack Response at Internet Scale (CARIS) Workshop” at the FIRST Conference in Berlin, June 19th of 2015.

The Register – An interview with FIRST board member Pete Allor describing how FIRST is spearheading a global standards effort to unify the operations of security incident response teams.

SC Magazine UK – Opinion piece by FIRST Chair, Maarten Van Horenbeeck, discussing the need for the wider community to help Africa build information security and incident response capability.

The Guardian – FIRST Chair, Chris Gibson, discusses the need for the information security community to help support incident response capacity building in the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

CIO Asia — Derek Manky, in a guest post on CIO Asia, describes how FIRST is one of the best examples of an international body that encourages information sharing between public and private sector.

In an interview with George V. Hulme, David Mortman of Securosis recommends joining FIRST, flagging the immediate benefit of the connections a new member makes. “Should something happen, you know who to call”, he says.

ZDNet — Dawn Kawamoto quotes Gavin Reid of FIRST, who discusses what companies should do to build better industry relationships, and how they can better protect themselves from internet threats. He notes how trade and international groups are working to bridge the gap in fighting cybersecurity threats on a worldwide basis.