33rd Annual FIRST Conference – Virtual Event

Call For Speakers

To ensure the safety of FIRST community members and to deliver the best possible conference, the decision has been made for the 33rd Annual FIRST Conference to be held virtually on the originally planned week of June 6-11, 2021. The Japanese incident response community is saddened we cannot welcome you to Japan, but we believe the decision was made in the best interest for all. Thanks to everyone’s feedback and advice, we are working towards creating an even more interactive and engaging conference online.

The annual FIRST conference brings together global security and incident response professionals from all stages of their careers and from public, private, and academic sectors to exchange information and ideas, learn together, build trust relationships, and co-operate on areas of mutual interest. We are looking for engaging speakers to present on the latest Incident Response and Information Security topics and ideas, to strengthen our individual and collective ability to prevent, and to detect and respond to computer security incidents. The virtual FIRST Annual Conference in 2020 proved the FIRST community brings some of the best content, and a highly engaged and enthusiastic audience; most if not all sessions were full of questions from the audience. We look forward to sharing content, engaging questions, and fostering dialogue to a truly worldwide community of security organizations and individuals.

Speaker Privileges

Accepted presenters of workshops and presentations will receive a complimentary conference registration. This offer extends to co-presenters. There will be a nominal fee of $200 USD for all non-member registrants this year.


Under the conference theme, “Crossing Uncertain Times,” we invite submissions on the following broad topics:

We are looking for ideas, developments or experiences that can be applied to advance the state of security and incident response practice. Ideas that can be implemented by other teams - without requiring proprietary information or software - are particularly welcome. We hope this list helps you think of work you or your team members can present. We are not looking for introductory presentations, for example on the need for incident response or the use of common tools.

We do not allow presentations with the aim of gaining the audience’s interest in any commercial application, solution, or product. In other words, NO SALES OR MARKETING PRESENTATIONS!

Conference Format

The conference will be presented virtually and will comprise of parallel tracks, providing a range of different styles of learning and different levels of technical/management content. Submissions should indicate whether their content is best described as technical, management or academic; also, whether journal publication would be of interest.

The official language of the FIRST Annual Conference is English. However, please keep in mind that many participants will not be native English speakers.

TLP Classification

The 33rd Annual FIRST conference will be classified as TLP:WHITE. Submitters will need to check a box in the submission form to confirm the content will be TLP:WHITE. For more information on the Traffic Light Protocol (TLP), please visit

ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice Journal

FIRST cooperates with the ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice journal to create a special issue for the conference. After the conference, there is an opportunity for presenters to submit to this issue. An invitation for submission will be sent after the conference.

Submission Types

Submissions should propose one of the following formats (note that the Program Committee may contact you to suggest a different format for a talk or session):

You will be required to specify if you would like to deliver your talk live or pre-recorded, or open to both.

Submittal and Review Process

All submissions are reviewed by an international volunteer program committee composed of experts and practitioners representing a diverse set of teams and organizations. These are responsible for selecting the best and most relevant papers to make up the conference program.

FIRST does not require you to submit a formal paper for consideration. However, your submission must provide enough detail to, at least, let the reviewers understand:

The following sections on the CFP submissions form are mandatory and notated by red asterisks within the form:

** Tutorial and workshop submissions should also specify the ideal number of attendees for the session. Please fill in the workshop duration item in the submission form.

You are welcome to include additional material to support your proposal (e.g. a whitepaper, a draft paper, a workshop guideline, etc.). The clearer your ideas are organized and presented, the better reviewers can comprehend and evaluate your proposal.

Submissions must be complete by the closing date (see Important Dates) or they will be rejected. You are, therefore, encouraged to submit two weeks earlier, to give us time to check and let you know if you have not provided sufficient information for the reviewers to assess.

FIRST requires a non-exclusive copyright license for all materials delivered at the conference. Where employer, client or government authorization is needed, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain that authorization prior to submitting the final materials.

Accepted submissions will be published on the conference website with associated speaker biographies and head shots (if applicable), for which the same usage rights are required by FIRST.

NOTE: FIRST 2021 is an online conference, which welcomes non-members, press and social media coverage. After the conference, presentation materials will be made available on the public area of the FIRST website. Please be sure you are comfortable with the content of your presentation being handled as TLP:WHITE.

Code of Conduct

FIRST aims to develop a global community of security teams. One of the main goals is for FIRST events to be places where trust is built. Therefore, FIRST events are intended to be inclusive, open, collaborative, and enjoyable to all participants. For that, all speakers are required to follow the FIRST Code of Conduct (

Important Dates


If you have any questions about the conference submission process or need additional information, please contact the Program Chair, Natsuko Inui, at

On behalf of the Program Committee and the Conference Planning Team, we are creating a compelling program for you and look forward to hearing your ideas online!

For all other queries, or assistance with the submission form, please send email to

Call For Speakers Submission Form