FIRST Vision and Mission Statement


FIRST is a premier organization and recognized global leader in incident response. Membership in FIRST enables incident response teams to more effectively respond to security incidents by providing access to best practices, tools, and trusted communication with member teams.

Mission Statement

FIRST is an international confederation of trusted computer incident response teams who cooperatively handle computer security incidents and promote incident prevention programs.

  • FIRST members develop and share technical information, tools, methodologies, processes and best practices
  • FIRST encourages and promotes the development of quality security products, policies & services
  • FIRST develops and promulgates best computer security practices
  • FIRST promotes the creation and expansion of Incident Response teams and membership from organizations from around the world
  • FIRST members use their combined knowledge, skills and experience to promote a safer and more secure global electronic environment.

Originally adopted by the FIRST Steering Committee, 11 January 1995.

Amended during the FIRST Annual General Meeting, 26 June 1997.

Re-drafted by the FIRST Steering Committee, March 2003, and approved by the FIRST Annual General Meeting, 26 June 2003.