Sponsorship Opportunities

33rd Annual FIRST Conference – Virtual Event

About Sponsorship

FIRST is seeking sponsorships for its virtual edition of the 33rd annual conference on computer security and incident handling the week of June 6, 2021. Well-attended and well-received, the past virtual FIRST conference attracted over 2,500 delegates from over 110 countries. The annual conference is by far one of the most unique international assemblies of incident response and computer security professionals. Sponsorship opportunities are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested parties must act quickly to ensure sponsorship participation.

Please contact events@first.org for the Sponsorship Prospectus

It’s both unique and essential that FIRST is a non-commercial organization, and by supporting FIRST through sponsorship we help the organization to remain non-partisan.
~ Cisco Systems_

Sponsorship Benefits: Access to Global Experts

FIRST aspires to bring together incident response and security teams from every country across the world to ensure a safe internet for all. FIRST sponsorships provide a unique opportunity to show your organization’s commitment to best practice security. Sponsorship of the annual FIRST conference opens the doors to a highly influential community of computer security incident response experts and decision-makers.

Who Attends the FIRST Conference?

FIRST promotes inclusiveness, inviting participation from all geographic and cultural regions. Attendance includes representatives from FIRST member teams and non-member teams. You do not need to be a member of FIRST to participate as a sponsor. Attendees include:

Industries represented include, but not limited to:

Regional Snapshot / Job Function Snapshot

Sponsorship Details

Virtual Exhibit Booth Bronze Silver Gold Champion
Cost of Package USD $3,000 $5,000 $7,000 $10,000 $1,000
Exhibit Benefits & Attendee Communications 1, 2, 3, 4
Virtual Exhibit Booth
* Ability to Upload/Link Resources
* Ability to Upload /Link Product Videos
* Ability to List Virtual Booth Staff
* Virtual booth access to all attendees
Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Early Access to Opt-in Attendee List (Name, Job Title, Company, Country, Industry) - - May 3, 2021 May 3, 2021
May 24, 2021
Opportunity to Provide Early Appointment Email Messaging Pre-conference - - Maximum 500 Words Maximum 1,000 Words -
One Push Notification Sent via FIRST Event App During Event - - - Yes -
Virtual Swag Bag Inclusion w/ Lead Retrieval Opportunity Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Branding Opportunities
Logo on Event Website Sponsor Page Sponsor Page Sponsor Page Event Home Sponsor Page
Company Description on Sponsor Page 50 Words 100 Words 200 Words 300 Words 25 Words
Inclusion on Rotating Sponsor Banner - - Yes Yes -
Logo and Company Description Listing in Event App Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logo Featured Event Digital Backdrop During Sessions - Yes Yes Yes -
Media Opportunities2
Pre-Conference Press Release Mention Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Social Media Promotion of Sponsorship 1x 2x 3x 4x 1x
Opportunity to Provide 1-minute Promotional Video to Play During a Specified Session Break - - - Yes -
Pre or Post-conference Featured Guest Blog Post www.first.org/blog - - - Yes -
Opportunity to Provide On-demand Session Recording to Sponsor Session Library - - - 30-minute Max Length -
Additional Benefits
Attendee Trivia Participation - - - Provide 1 Trivia Question -
Participation in a FIRST Hosted Social Event – Details to be Provided by FIRST Organizers at mid-April 2021 - - - Yes -

Sponsorship Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply specifically to the FIRST Conference (‘EVENT’). Sponsorships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, Inc. (‘FIRST’) reserves the right to reject any prospective sponsor company (‘SPONSOR’) that it deems inappropriate. SPONSOR includes any person, firm, or company, corporation, institution, association, or committee to whom the sponsorship is allocated. Terms and Conditions are subject to change without any prior notice.

  1. All sponsorships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. FIRST retains the right to reject any sponsor that it deems inappropriate.
  2. Sponsorship agreements cannot be processed without payment. Funds must be payable in US dollars. All checks should be made payable to FIRST, Inc. Information for payment by ACH or bank wire transfer can be found in the issued invoice. Payment is based on NET 30 unless otherwise agreed between parties. SPONSOR shall be responsible for any taxes on the sponsorship fee.
  3. Sponsorship may be cancelled by sponsor by written notification to FIRST up to 60-days prior to the EVENT start date. A sponsorship cannot be cancelled after that date because FIRST incurs the cost of design and other sponsorship recognition and loss of sponsorship. If notification of cancellation is received within 60-days of the EVENT start, FIRST will attempt to revise sponsor recognition items as feasible and FIRST shall be entitled to retain 100% of the sponsorship fee as damages.
  4. Should any unforeseen event that is beyond the control of FIRST render the fulfillment of this agreement by FIRST impossible or impractical, FIRST may return a portion of the amount paid for the sponsorship after deduction of any amounts necessary to cover expenses incurred in connection with work performed on production of the EVENT prior to the occurrence of the unforeseen event. Such expenses shall include, but not be limited to expenses incurred by FIRST as a result of contracts with third parties for services or products connected with the EVENT, including out of pocket expenses and overhead expenses attributable to production of the EVENT. No funds will be returned should the dates or location of the show be changed by FIRST, but the sponsorship benefits will be applied to the EVENT that is held at the changed location and/or changed date. FIRST shall not be financially liable in the event the show is interrupted, cancelled, moved, or dates changed except as provided herein.
  5. The sponsorship fee does not include free EVENT registration unless specifically stated in the sponsorship opportunity details.
  6. Provision of a FIRST conference sponsorship does not entitle the SPONSOR to a waiver of any applicable annual FIRST membership fees.
  7. All sponsorship materials must be submitted 45-days prior to EVENT start date to ensure inclusion in the production schedule. Sponsorship requests after this date may still be accepted with caveats.
  8. SPONSORS may not sublet, assign, or apportion any part of the item(s) sponsored nor represent, advertise, or distribute literature or materials for the products or services of any other firm or organization except as approved in writing by FIRST. FIRST will not be liable for damage or loss to a SPONSOR’S properties through fire, theft, accident, or any other cause, whether the result of negligence or otherwise.
  9. Participation at FIRST Board of Director meetings and FIRST Annual General Meetings is restricted to FIRST members only, the FIRST Board of Directors, and their invited guests.
  10. At the wish of the FIRST membership, the FIRST conference program itself is not open to sponsorship. However, SPONSORS are welcome to respond to the EVENT call for speakers for consideration with other submissions.
  11. FIRST reserves the right to select and finalize design of each branded conference item.
  12. SPONSORS may request to sponsor single or multiple items/ events.
  13. In order to limit costs, FIRST may limit the number of colors used for the printing of SPONSOR logos.
  14. If a SPONSOR wants to negotiate for a higher priced item (e.g., higher quality shirt, bag, menu, etc.) than FIRST has budgeted, SPONSOR must pay any additional cost for that item in addition to the applicable sponsorship fee.
  15. The attendee list shall remain the property of FIRST. SPONSOR is granted a limited, nonexclusive license to use the list for legitimate correspondence related to computer security incident response matters only. SPONSOR may not transfer the list to another party nor allow another party access to the list. Any SPONSOR violating these restrictions may be subject to an infringement claim. In addition, SPONSOR may not be allowed to sponsor subsequent FIRST events, at the sole discretion of FIRST.
  16. All FIRST funds are used to support the mission of the organization, including any net revenue from the EVENT.

Please contact events@first.org for the Sponsorship Prospectus

  1. Sponsors will have the ability to manage their own attendee appointments through their choice of appointment tools. Sponsors and attendees will have access to the event app and desktop site in advance of the week of June 6, 2021 to enable pre-conference networking.^
  2. Contents of sponsor messaging (written and recorded) must be submitted for approval by FIRST.^
  3. FIRST will manage the delivery of sponsor messaging. No email information will be exchanged with sponsor.^
  4. Sponsors participating in the Virtual Swag Bag offering can collect lead information that includes contact information such as email addresses. Instructions on how to use and setup a virtual swag bag item to be provided in the sponsor checklist.^