10th Annual FIRST Conference and Workshop on Computer Security Incident Handling and Response


This Conference is sponsored by FIRST.ORG, Inc.

21-26 June 1998
Monterrey, México
The Annual FIRST Conference and Workshop event is the only event of its kind. It focuses on the field of computer security and specifically incident handling and response.

Up-to-date information about the Conference is available on the FIRST WWW server https://www.first.org/conference/1998/

What is the FIRST Conference and Workshop?

The annual FIRST Conference and workshop is the only event of its kind. It focuses on the field of computer security incident handling and response. The conference is international in scope and attendance, with presentations on the latest in incident response and prevention, vulnerability analysis, and computer security, given by recognized experts in the field of computer security. Additionally, these events serve as the foundation for the improvement of computer security world-wide via the sharing of goals, ideas, and information.

Honoring the international origin of its members, and in recognition of the global spread of computer networks and the common problems faced by computers owners, the FIRST conference is held in different parts of the world. Past conferences have been located in U.S. (Pittsburgh, Pleasanton, Hearndon, Denver, St. Louis, Boston, and Santa Clara), Germany (Karlsruhe), and England (Bristol).

The 1998 conference will continue to promote FIRST organization goals of world-wide co-ordination and co-operation, and for the very first time on its history it will be in a Latin American country. It will take place in Monterrey, México

Further information about the FIRST organization is available on the FIRST WWW server https://www.first.org/

Who Should Attend?

Any person who is involved in responding to computer security incidents will benefit from attendance at this conference. This may include both members and non-members of FIRST, law enforcement personnel, consultants, contractors, vendors, and incident response teams.


The scheduled events are subject to change till the time of the conference. For the most up-to-date information please refer to the conference URL referenced at the beginning of this document.
Sunday 21
Monday 22
Tuesday 23
Wednesday 24
Thursday 25
Friday 26
19:00 - 21:00
8:00- 9:30 
8:00- 9:30 
8:00- 9:30 
8:00- 9:30 
8:00- 9:30 
19:00 -21:00
9:00 - 17:30
9:00 - 17:30
9:00 - 17:30
9:00 - 12:00
9:00 - 12:00
18:00 -21:00
Birds of a Feather Sessions 
19:00 - 21:00
Annual General Meeting 
14:00 - 17:30
Clossing Session 
14:00 -15:30
Details of the programme schedule can be found on the FIRST web server at https://www.first.org/conference/1998/schedule.html

Attendance and participation at the FIRST Steering Committee and General Meetings is limited to FIRST team members and ther invited guests.

The cost of the tutorials is included in the conference fee


The 10th Annual FIRST Conference and Workshop will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monterrey, México. Capital city of the state of Nuevo León, Monterrey is located in the Northeast México and has a population of more than 3 million people.

Monterrey is located in a valley at the base of Madre Oriental rocky mountains range. The surroundings offer unique natural wonders for the entire family's fun and delight. Among them are: Cola de Caballo waterfall, Garcia 's caverns, Huasteca's canyon, Chipinque plateau, and Monterrey's trademark, the majestic Cerro de la silla (Saddle Mountain).

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is in the heart of one of the most important industrial and business cities in México. Centrally located on the main highway with a majestic view of the famous "Cerro de la Silla", the Crowne Plaza is within close proximity to the international Convention Center Cintermex. It is also within walking distance to the Museum of Contemporary Art, City Theater, shopping and other tourist attractions.

For Family amusement, visit the Plaza Sesamo park which offers water slides, mechanical games, and entertainment shows; The Bioparque Estrella where you can interact with more than 600 animals in their natural habitat; or the Planetarium, the perfect place to experience the wonders of technology through movies shown with the Omnimax system.


The language for the conference and all associated communication is English.


For further information and advice about booking places at the FIRST conference, accommodation, travel or general information please contact the Conference Organizer at ITESM/MxCERT.


The 10th Annual FIRST Conference and Workshop will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monterrey, México.

Arrangements have been made for a special room rate for conference attendees. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crown Plaza Hotel; these are only guaranteed until May 21, 1998.

To obtain the special room rate you need to specify that you are attending the FIRST Conference and give the group code "FIR"

The rates per room per night are:
US$131.04 - per person per night during the conference, inclusive of breakfast and taxes (US$112.00 plus 17% tax).

The special room rates for conference attendees are available from June 19th through June 27th.

Hotel costs are not included in the conference fee.

Each attendee is responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. However, to assist attendees, ITESM/MxCERT will, if requested, pass their details direct to the hotel.

Local Information

The weather in Monterrey during the summer is hot, temperatures range from 32 C (90 F) to 44 C (111 F) are common during this season, however some fleeting rains can occur.

Money and Banks The local currency is mexican pesos, whose rate of exchange as of March 10th, 1998 with US Dollars is roughly $8.35 mexican pesos per US dollar.

Booking Information

Each booking must be completed on a separate form.

To reserve your place on the workshop, please

1) complete the booking form and send it by e-mail to