Call for SpeakerS

Letter from the 2010 Program Chair:

It's an honour and a pleasure to serve the FIRST community as program chair. I am excited and a bit nervous - past chairs have set the bar quite high.

I started the planning process for the conference with a review of past conferences and of the FIRST organization's goals. This year's conference builds on the successful format of the past. The Program Committee welcomes submissions for three tracks - Technical, Incident Response, and Management.

Additionally, I'll be looking for presentations that promote FIRST's goals to advance incident response capabilities, promote community based defense and expand the global response community.

I am specifically looking for presentations that

  • Provide cutting edge Technical Training
  • Facilitate Knowledge Transfer
  • Educate on the Threat Environment
  • Address softer side of Effective Communication Skills
  • Demonstrate effective "Trusted Sharing" in action
  • Or provide examples of collaborative multi-lateral defensive work

I am also looking for presentations that are relevant to Incident Handling newbies - I've tentatively named that short track "How To Run with Scissors". And I'm looking for presentations on Adaptive Change - success stories or lessons learned from a team, a larger organization or an ecosystem perspective. E.g., for the IR or Technical track - "how to overcome management resistance" or in the Management track "how to get the techies to understand strategy".

Important Dates

October 30 - Call for Speakers
January 15 - Submission Deadline
February 10 - Notice of Acceptance
June 1 - Final Submissions Due

Please submit your papers at: HERE.

Looking forward to your submissions!

Best regards,
Andrew Cushman
2010 Program Chair
FIRST.Org, Inc.

Process of Selection

The FIRST program committee solicits original contributions for this conference, which are broadly based on the theme of Past the Faded Perimeter: Threat & Incident Response.

All submissions must reflect original work and must adequately document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously submitted presentations or papers from any of the authors. If authors have any doubts regarding whether such overlap exists, they should contact the program chair prior to submission.

The Program Committee is also looking for proposals that will deliver specialist technical presentations, where presentations may last for up to three hours and which are aimed at a smaller more technical audience. These presentations are intended to include live demos and involve their audiences in active participation.

Presentations will be scheduled as part of the Main Conference.

  • 60 minutes, which includes a 10 minute question period
  • Hands-on / tutorial

It is important that your presentation be:

  • Topical
  • Unique

You should not present with the aim of gaining the audience's interest in any commercial application or product, in other words: NO MARKETING PRESENTATIONS.

All submissions must be in submitted in English and in either MS Office, OpenOffice or PDF.

Process of Evaluation

All submissions will be handled electronically though the Presentation Management Site.

The program committee will evaluate all submissions based on quality and relevance. All accepted submissions are held in confidence for publication until after the conference.

Submissions received after the deadline (see "Important Dates" below) will not be considered. Where employer, client, or government authorization is needed, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain such authorization prior to submitting the final materials.

Accepted speaker submission shall be presented by their author(s). After the conference the presentations will be published on the FIRST website.


FIRST requires a non-exclusive copyright license for all the speaker presentations delivered at the conference. This includes distribution on the FIRST website.

Speakers Privileges

A discount off the conference fee(s) will be offered for each accepted presentation. Only one discount per speaker per presentation.

Important dates
Submission Deadline January 15, 2010
Notification of Acceptance February 10, 2010
Final Submission June 1, 2010

Proposal submission

Please submit your papers via the Presentation Management Site.


If you have any questions about the conference submission process or require more information, please send your query to

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