FIRST - Improving Security Together 17th Annual Conference - June 2005 Singapore

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June 26 — July 1, 2005
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

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Gold Sponsors:

Merrill Lynch


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Program Summary

Main Conference

Over 35 countries are represented at the Annual FIRST Conference - the crossroads where policy and decision makers with overall security responsibility, technical staff who implements security solutions, computer security teams, law enforcement, vendors and other IT professionals meet to exchange viewpoints, ideas and experiences. The latest issues in incidents response and prevention, vulnerabilities analysis, forensics and related aspects of computer security will be addressed at the 17th Annual FIRST Conference! The Annual FIRST Conference is a unique event.

See the Conference Schedule

The 2005 conference program is an exciting combination of technology and management sessions as well as reports on FIRST activities. Our keynote speakers include His Excellency Dr. Lee Boon Yang - Minister, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts of Singapore; Bill Cheswick, Chief Scientist at Lumeta Corporation; Howard Schmidt, Former White House Cyber Security Advisor and Chief Security Strategist at USCERT; Jeffrey B. Ritter, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP; Steve Lipner, Director of security engineering strategy Microsoft.


FIRST Conference offers focused tutorials conducted by respected experts in their fields who will give the attendees - beginners or experienced - an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge on relevant issues of a specific topic. They are usually presented in two parallel streams: technical and management.

Teams Update Panel

The opportunity for you to publicly introduce your CSIRT and to share with other conference participants your teamīs current activities, projects, initiatives, etc. All CSIRTs -FIRST Members or not- which will have a member attending the conference are encouraged to participate.

This year, the panel will be held on Wednesday afternoon, providing 5 to 10 minutes slot, depending on the amount of information to be presented and the number of volunteers coming forward. To arrange a short presentation, please contact the panel moderator Antonio Liu ( for further details.

Special Meetings and Activities

Corporate Executive Programme (CEP)

Companies face the continued pressure of delivering increasing quarterly and yearly profits for its shareholders. Against this backdrop, organisations must ensure global compliance, good corporate governance and competitive innovation. To this list of challenges we must add that of managing risk while driving down cost and increasing operational efficiency. If your agenda incorporates all, or a part of these challenges, then the Corporate Executive Programme (CEP) is your programme of choice at the FIRST conference.

This programme is exclusively for attendees at this level of an organisation, for example, CIOs, CISOs, CFOs, CMOs, CEOs, Company Secretaries, Group Heads, and Executive Directors. The aim is to provide not only experts within various disciplines, but more importantly to promote interactive groupings and networking capabilities.

Further Information at CEP Home Page:

Train the Trainers Workshop (3T)

Thanks to the TRANSITS* (Training of Network Security Incident Teams Staff) project, FIRST organized the second "Train The Trainers" Workshop. The 3T workshop will consist on two full-day (June 25-26, Saturday and Sunday) training session in CSIRT issues for potential instructors in Latin America and Asia-Pacific, regions where typically there are no enough training opportunities. The purpose of this session will be to provide the TRANSITS material to potential trainers in these areas, help them to familiarize with the contents, and give them the tools to deliver the training course themselves in their region.

After the first course of the Train the Trainers Workshop in Hilton Budapest Hotel, just after the 2004 FIRST conference, training course in Latin America and Asia Pacific has been provided during a year. And at those courses the trainers accredited from the Train The Trainers programs have led the courses in each region. As FIRST is planning to organize more training courses in region, potential trainers are welcomed to join and expand the training opportunities and also enhance the CSIRT capabilities in their region. Many potential trainers in the region are invited to the course and FIRST asks the potential trainers to attend the course which will be held two days ahead the main 2005 FIRST conference. Arnold Yoon (representing AP) and Liliana Solha (representing LA) are coordinating the activities on their regions.

(*) TRANSITS is organized by two partners, TERENA and UKERNA, and is supported by the European Commission. Also, FIRST, TERENA and UKERNA are paying efforts to reach some common agreements for the training efforts over the world.

Bird-of-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

These informal, interactive information gatherings are set up by and for attendees who are interested in a particular topic. A great way for you to meet peers from around the world to exchange ideas, discuss issues, and share experiences and solutions. Open to all conference registrants.

In the weeks before the conference, we open the floor and encourage you to suggest topics for BoFs that you would like to see or would be willing to lead. BoFs may be scheduled during the conference at the Registration Desk.

Annual General Meeting - AGM (closed meeting)

Each year, FIRST team members formally meet at AGM, a closed meeting held during FIRST annual conferences which aims to provide teams a space for discussing about specific issues of common interest to FIRST community and any other matter affecting the FIRST organization as a whole. A great opportunity for teams to exchange about FIRST activities, initiatives and plans.

Each team is expected to be represented. Attendance and participation at the FIRST AGMs is limited to FIRST Team Representatives, FIRST Team Members and their invited guests.

FIRST Steering Committee Meeting (closed meeting)

This face-to-face meeting is one of the various meetings scheduled each year by Steering Committee (SC) in order to discuss and address specific issues related to FIRST as an organization. SC Meetings are closed meetings.

Attendance and participation is limited to FIRST SC Members as well as Team Members and their invited guests, subject to approval by the Steering Committee.

PGP Key Signing Service

A unique opportunity to have your PGP key signed by lots of people from the incident response community. A trusted PGP key can be a great asset when communicating with other security professionals.

Before you leave for Singapore, please remember to bring a piece of paper with your name and PGP key information (user ID, key ID and fingerprint) printed, as well as a valid picture ID.

We invite everyone to participate on this key signing! No need to be a FIRST member to take part on this meeting; however, FIRST team representatives are especially encouraged to attend it.

Social Events

Welcome Icebreaker Reception

An enjoyable and casual evening for all attendees. An excellent opportunity to get to know one another informally and to find others with similar interests. Donīt miss it! You will be surprised at how many people you will recognize throughout the week after meeting them at the Icebreaker.

The 2005 conference welcome reception will take place on Sunday evening, June 26.

Conference Banquet

The Conference Banquet is the social highlight of the week. This year the theme will be a Hawker Station Dinner with Chinese, Indian, and Muslim cuisine. There will be local cultural entertainment from the various regions of Singapore. The banquet will be held in Island Ballroom A of the Shangri-La Hotel on Wednesday, June 29 starting at 6:30 pm. All conference registrants are invited to attend the banquet. Dress is casual. Full conference badges are required to gain admittance to these events. Attendees may purchase additional tickets for invited guests for US $95.