FIRST Blog

The FIRST Conference’s Keynote sessions concluded today with a presentation by Brian LaMacchia, Director of the Security & Cryptography group within Microsoft Research (MSR). In this department, his team conducts basic and applied research and advanced development.

Day four of the FIRST Conference began with a keynote presentation by Martijn de Hamer, the head of the National Cyber Security Operations Center (NCSOC) at the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC-NL) in the Netherlands. After having had various roles in the field of information security, de Hamer first started working for NCSC-NL (previously GOVCERT.NL) in 2005. Additionally, he is active in the field of CSIRT maturity and other aspects of CSIRT capacity building.

Day 3 of the FIRST Conference got started with keynote speaker Florian Egloff. Florian Egloff is a Clarendon Scholar, a D. Phil (PhD) Candidate in Cyber Security at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford, and a Research Affiliate at the Cyber Studies Programme at Oxford University's Department of Politics and International Relations. He is currently working on his thesis entitled "Cybersecurity and non-state actors: a historical analogy with mercantile companies, privateers, and pirates."

Day 2 of the FIRST Conference got started with keynote speaker Darren Bilby, a manager in Google’s Enterprise Infrastructure protection team, who is also a staff security engineer and self-described digital janitor. A 10-year veteran at Google, Bilby was the tech lead for Google’s Global Incident Response Team for six years, managed Google's European detection team in Zürich for two years and has also worked as a software engineer building out Google’s security tools. He was also the founder and a core developer of the open source GRR Incident Response project.