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Statement regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Annual Conference

Current Status (May 20, 2020)

May 20, 2020 Update - The FIRST Annual Conference in Montreal has been rescheduled to the week of November 15-20, 2020. We are still working out the specifics and plan to share additional details on the format and program in the coming weeks. Registration will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

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March 25, 2020 Update - The Conference will not be taking place in June, alternative plans are still being discussed. Registration is temporarily suspended as we review options. Updated information will be made available as soon as possible and communications will be emailed to registered delegates and our sponsors. Please note that the volatility of the current situation may force us to update our plans more than we wish.

At this time, the Canadian government has extended its ban on foreign nationals traveling to Canada through June 30, 2020. This makes it impossible for FIRST to hold our Annual Conference as regularly scheduled. The hotel is being extremely flexible in these challenging times and we are currently investigating if it makes sense to target new dates in the fall.

Attendees and sponsors may request full refunds of their fees (please be patient if it takes a few days) or they can be applied to the conference in the fall if it takes place or to the 2021 conference. Please contact the events office at

We continue to explore multiple possible options including virtual meetings, streaming of content, re-configuring the conference, etc.

This letter will again be updated as new information becomes available.

The single biggest value of FIRST is our community, our ability to work together on responding to incidents of any nature. COVID-19 is an incident unlike anything any of us have experienced, but we strongly believe in the community of FIRST and our shared willingness to work together for the benefit of the planet. Please be safe, continue to support each other, and act with the spectacular professionalism that makes FIRST such a wonderful organization.


FIRST brings together a variety of computer security incident response teams from government, commercial, and educational organizations. FIRST aims to foster cooperation and coordination in incident prevention, to stimulate rapid reaction to incidents, and to promote information sharing among members and the community at large.

Apart from the trust network that FIRST forms in the global incident response community, FIRST also provides value added services. Some of these are:

Currently FIRST has more than 500 members, spread over Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.