Conference Overview

About FIRST.Org

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams is an international not-for-profit organization bringing together a variety of security and incident response teams. FIRST is comprised of over 500 member teams from over 96 countries representing government agencies, academia, commercial enterprises, and financial corporations.

FIRST is a front-line enabler in the global response community, providing access to best practices, tools, and trusted communication with its member teams.

FIRST seeks to:

David Lacey declared in Computer Weekly:

Of all the security clubs and associations, the one that impresses me most is FIRST. Why? Because it’s focused, born out of real business requirements and it’s highly selective, i.e. you have to be sponsored and audited to gain membership. FIRST is not a club that exists to make an income for its organizers. It’s an international community that serves a real purpose: helping Government, Industry and Academia to respond quickly and effectively to new security threats. So I have no hesitation in recommending that you book a space in your busy diary to attend their Annual Conference.

~ David Lacey (Computer Weekly)


Computer security incidents do not respect geographical or administrative boundaries in the global Internet. FIRST is designed to facilitate global communication between incident response and security teams to assist in promoting prompt and effective resolution to computer security incidents.

For more information on FIRST, visit FIRST is the premier organization and recognized global leader in incident response. Membership in FIRST enables incident response teams to more effectively respond to security incidents reactively as well as proactively.

Who can attend?

You do not need to be a member of FIRST to attend the annual conference. Individuals with interest, involvement, or responsibility in the field of incident response and computer security should attend.

This conference will also be of interest to:

Past participants have included information security practitioners, executive management, network architects, system and network administrators, software and hardware vendors, security solutions providers, ISPs, law enforcement, and general computer and network security personnel.

Conference benefits

The annual FIRST conference promotes worldwide coordination and cooperation among computer security and incident response teams (CSIRTs). The conference provides a forum for sharing goals, ideas, and information on how to improve computer security on a global scale.

The online event will include:

In addition to sharing FIRST’s mission, attending the annual conference will enable you to: