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FIRST is the global Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams

The 2020 FIRST Annual Conference will be virtual only this year, there will be no in-person gathering.

Current Status (July 22, 2020)

The FIRST Board of Directors has made the unfortunate but necessary decision to cancel our in-person Annual Conference this year.

Our events planning team has spent a great deal of time working with the hotel in an effort to provide a safe environment for an in-person gathering. Unfortunately it is simply not possible given the current state of Covid-19 to hold a conference that we feel will be up to our standards for a safe and effective conference.

Attendees and sponsors may request full refunds of their fees or they can be applied to the 2021 conference. Our events team will be following up with registered attendees and sponsors in the coming days. Please be patient as this may take a few days time.

Officially cancelling the in-person conference allows us to focus our efforts on designing a virtual conference later this year. We will share details of the virtual conference as they become available.

Thank you for your patience and support through this process. Stay safe and we hope to see you in Fukuoka, Japan next June.

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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.