Sponsorship Opportunities

11th Annual FIRST Conference

13-18 June 1999

Brisbane, Australia

Introduction from the FIRST Steering Committee Chair

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), will hold its next annual international conference at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane Australia, 13-18 June 1999.

Entitled "Computer Security Incident Response in the 21st century -How will the Internet survive the growing security threat?" this is the 11th conference in the series of FIRST conferences that have taken place since 1989. This event will provide a prime opportunity for those in the operating system, computer security and networking, and telecommunications industries to gain focussed access to a highly influential and group of computer security incident response experts around the world. The conference attendees commonly provide computer security advice within their own Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) and work with their team's constituencies to suggest appropriate security strategies and appropriate technical solutions to computer security problems. The annual FIRST conference is the only event of its kind focussing 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 worldwide 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 computer owners, the FIRST conference is held in different parts of the world. For the very first time in its history the 1999 FIRST conference will be in the Southern Hemisphere, offering a unique opportunity to each a world-wide audience.

Since the initial FIRST conference, the world of computer security incident response has been transformed as millions of organizations and users have taken Internet connectivity and the promise of open systems has been impacted by the inherent trade off between information sharing and security. The 1999 FIRST conference will continue to promote FIRST organization goals of worldwide coordination and cooperation. The attendance will include representatives from FIRST (currently over 70 member teams) in addition to policy and decision-makers, security technology innovators, site security contacts, system and network administrators. The combined international constituency served by the FIRST member teams alone is enormous, reaching into the millions. The majority of the teams and organizations represented at the conference suggest security strategies, provide technical solutions to computer security problems and delivery security education and training to their constituents.

First.Org, Inc., is a not for profit corporation that provides support for the FIRST organization. First.Org, Inc., currently obtains all its revenue from conference proceeds. In order to ensure that First.Org, Inc's limited funds are sufficient to support its mission and to attract and increased number of registrants at an affordable fee, for the first time we are seeking conference sponsorship. To this end First.Org, Inc is seeking organizations that are committed to computer security improvement and are concerned about the security infrastructure of the Internet and associated communications elements to participate in this conference as a sponsor.

I thank you for taking the time to read our sponsorship material. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your interest in these sponsorship opportunities and hope that they will be of interest to your business in 1999.

Moira J West-Brown
President, First.Org Inc.

First.Org Inc., acknowledges the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association (TERENA) for their permission to base this package on their conference sponsorship documents. Copyright 1999 First.Org Inc.

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