FIRST is the premier organization and recognized global leader in incident response. Membership in FIRST enables incident response teams to more effectively respond to security incidents - reactive as well as proactive.
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 700 members, spread over Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
Space for discussion in order to reflect on our collective experiences, focus on current challenges and envision strategies on how we could work together to improve security in academic environments.
The mission of the AI Security Special Interest Group (SIG) is to advance the use and understanding of artificial intelligence (AI), with a particular emphasis on large language models (LLMs) for security and incident response.
Provide a forum where members active in the field of Incidence Response (IR) automation can exchange best practices.
Incident Detection and Response at Scale.
The SIG will seek to involve experts interested in that work and provide a community to discuss improvements in need, existing gaps and (potential) new developments.
For a global approach towards scoring metrics for vulnerabilities.
To coordinate cyber insurance actuarial and modelling work with professional incident response and digital forensic teams.
To define Threat Intelligence in the commercial space.
Understanding the international customary norms applicable for detecting and mitigating DNS abuse from the perspective of the global incident response community is critical for the open Internet’s stability, security and resiliency.
The Ethics SIG seeks to further the professionalization of the FIRST Community and improve the global understanding of SIRTs through the development of an ethical code for FIRST Members.
The Exploit Prediction Scoring System (EPSS) is an open, data-driven effort for predicting when software vulnerabilities will be exploited.
This SIG will foster collective action among the FIRST constituents, peer security organizations, and other groups who are focusing on the Ransomware Response, mitigation, remediation, investigation, and prevention.
People have become the main driver for breaches but the human factors remain insufficiently addressed in the IT security sector. The mission of this SIG is to improve the understanding of human factors in security among security professionals worldwide. To achieve this goal we will facilitate a regular exchange on methods, measures and skill sets to effectively address the human factors in security.
In ICS-SIG we bring together expertise from several sectors to create processes, best practices and incident response support recommendations and package useful open source tools for the ICS environments.
The initial goals of this SIG are to collaboratively develop an extensible framework for defining information exchange policy and a set of standard definitions for most common aspects.
The core mission is to support existing and new FIRST members to practice information sharing and acquire feedback from the members to improve the information sharing practices.
CERTs / CSIRTs operate within the cybersecurity domain dealing with attacks and incidents, while law enforcement agencies are responsible for countering and combatting cybercrime.
This SIG will advocate and promote the sharing of malware analysis tools and techniques to enable CSIRTs to combat and analyze malicious code.
To improve CSIRT incident management practices within the FIRST community.
To foster the deployment of inter-AS network security BCPs, coordinated mitigation, and information sharing.
Develops and maintains a standard for exchanging passive DNS information between organizations.
Drive the evolution of PSIRT practices by developing and maturing product response.
The Red Team SIG provides a forum for practitioners to discuss the state of the art for tools, technologies, processes and methodologies for red team activities and to share experiences and best practices.
Share the need to get together as incident responders and cyber threat management professionals, in order to share experiences, best practices and challenges to better protect our organizations.
Designs, develops, and conducts security challenge and competition exercises for the FIRST.org community.
To improve civil society organization’s access to threat intelligence, and help coordinate mitigation efforts to civil society organizations targeted by threat actors where possible.
The TLP SIG governs the standard definition of TLP for the benefit of the worldwide CSIRT community and its operational partners.
Develop and execute a strategy for improving vulnerability coordination globally.
Primarily chartered to research and recommend ways to identify and exchange vulnerability information across disparate vulnerability databases.
Women of FIRST is a group of gender diverse security practitioners who aim to encourage the advancement and increased participation of women in all aspects of cyber security, through mentorship, knowledge sharing and networking.