FIRST Code of Conduct

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Version 1.0 (Effective at March 2018)

FIRST organizes several community activities, including conferences, meetings, trainings, workshops, technical colloquia, symposia and social events. FIRST aims to develop a global community of security teams. One of our main goals is for FIRST events to be places where trust is built. As a consequence, our events are intended to be inclusive, open, collaborative and enjoyable to all participants.

This Code of Conduct explains expectations for anyone participating in these events, including delegates, guests and speakers, FIRST staff and all others involved. It applies to physical events, as well as any online events such as video and voice calls, mailing lists and chat channels. The Code of Conduct spells out the types of behavior we support, and do not support. These same behaviors are expected of individuals representing FIRST at third party events.

Expected Behavior

It is expected that participants behave properly and positively at all times. Participants should show respect and courtesy to others and help ensure a safe and inclusive environment.

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community members:

All attendees should feel welcome and comfortable to participate fully, therefore we are committed to providing an environment free of the following unacceptable behaviors:


Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a community organizer as soon as possible by visiting the registration desk or emailing If one of the community organizers is a potential offender or subject of the report, he will remove him or herself from the investigation.

FIRST may not have a formal presence at all FIRST events, in particular Technical Colloquia, which are organized by members and partners. In those cases, this alias is monitored by FIRST team members who have the ability to reach out to local organizers.

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify the FIRST Board via or any board member personally with a concise description of your grievance.


We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise, sponsors and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

This Code of Conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.

Contact Info

Please contact the FIRST Secretariat via with any questions about this Code of Conduct.

Based to a great degree on the APNIC Code of Conduct, inspired by Citizen Code of Conduct, Django Code of Conduct, Geek Feminism anti-harassment Policy, WordCamp Code of Conduct, and O’Reilly Conferences Code of Conduct with many thanks.