What's New 2009

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - Computer Incident Response Team (CIBC CIRT), Canada sponsored by RBC FG CSIRT and BMO ISIRT;

Sistema Nacional de Gestión de Incidentes Telemáticos (Computer Incident Management National System - VenCERT), Venezuela sponsored by ArCERT and CCN-CERT ;

and Lithuanian National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-LT), Lithuania sponsored by LITNET CERT and CERT-FI.

We are fast approaching the submission deadline for FIRST2010, "Past the Faded Perimeter: Threat & Incident Response." The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 15th. To submit your presentation for review, please go to https://reg.first.org/papers/Presenter.

FIRST would like to thank Hitachi for supporting the annual conference. Hitachi has been a sponsor since 2005.

Effective October 1st: · KIT-CERT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Computer Emergency Response Team), Germany · ECS-CSIRT (Electronic Communications Security, National Intelligence Agency, Government of South Africa) . HR-CERT (Croatian National CERT) · IT-ISAC (Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center), USA

FIRST thanks the sponsors for their efforts and look forward to the active participation of the new members!

FIRST would like to thank VeriSign for supporting the 2010 Conference! VeriSign joins the sponsorship team at the Gold level. There are still sponsorship opportunities available, please visit the conference website for more information.

Sabotage or failure on just one computer system could bring down the world information network in a disaster inflicting more damage than the Kobe earthquake, security experts learned today at their annual conference. They also heard how vulnerable the IT infrastructure is - and how thwarted attacks on the Beijing Olympics showed the determination of cyber criminals.

A law enforcement loophole through which cyber criminals have been escaping started to close today as international police and the world's leading forum of online security experts forged a new alliance.

Slawomir "Slawek" Ligier is VP of Identity and Authentication Services Engineering at VeriSign. Slawek oversees an effort to develop multiple layers of internet security, including Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificates, Second Factor Authentication, and Fraud Detection Service. Slawek is presenting "On-Line Fraud Prevention and Detection-Multiple Layers of Security" on Monday, June 29th at 16:00.

Jeff Crume is an Executive IT Security Architect for IBM Tivoli Compliance Solutions with over 25 years experience in the IT industry. He is also the author of "Inside Internet Security: What Hackers Don't Want You To Know" and will be presenting "What Hackers Don't Want You To Know" at the 2009 conference.

Episode 4 is a short interview with your FIRST conference coordinator Traci Wei. Traci talks briefly about how attendees can earn their CPEs by attending the conference.

Interview with Jeffrey Carpenter of CERT/CC. *Please note that the Best Practices Contest Submission Due Date was extended to May 11th, 2009 after this interview was recorded.

Episode 1: Interview with Mick Creane of BT, 2009 Program Chair is now available! A special thanks to our 2009 Podcast Sponsor, Martin McKeay of the Network Security Blog and Podcast (http://netsecpodcast.com). Martin has been busily interviewing contributors to the FIRST 2009 conference, including FIRST Steering Committee and conference presenters (members and non-members).

Please join us in welcoming the newest FIRST members: mixi Incident Response Team (Japan); CERT NIC.LV (Latvia); Cyber Defense Institute Incident Response Team (CDI-CIRT), Japan and Liaison Member Gary Lawlor (Canada). Congratulations!

Steve Mancini with Intel has won the theme contest for the 2010 conference: Past the Faded Perimeter - Threat and Incident Response. Congratulations to Steve! The prize is a complimentary registration for the 2010 conference.

The CEP website www.globalcep.com is now open for registration for attendance at this year's CEP Global Risk Summit. To be held on Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th May 2009 at the Marriott County Hall Hotel, London. Our answer to the financial crisis has been to reduce this year's attendance fee and to include lunches and the Gala Dinner on the evening of 7th May - all at the rate of USD 975. Register today!

Pittsburgh, PA, February, 25 2009 - The second international competition honoring best practices and advances in safeguarding the security of computer systems and networks was announced today by FIRST (the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC).

Please join us in welcoming the newest FIRST members: Effective February 1st is full team member Portcullis Computer Incident Response and Forensics Team (PCIRF), UK and Liaison Members Ken Van Wyk, USA and Bernie Rosen, USA. FIRST thanks the sponsors for their efforts and we look forward to the active participation of Portcullis and continued support from Ken and Bernie!

FIRST and CERT/CC announce the 2009 Security Best Practices Contest. FIRST and the CERT/CC are jointly hosting the contest in conjunction with FIRST's 21st annual conference in Kyoto, Japan. The goal of the contest is to share best practices that have been developed to prevent and mitigate cyber attacks/risk in diverse environments and cultures. This contest is open to public; submitters do not have to be members of FIRST. For more information see the Best Practice Contest page on FIRST website (http://www.first.org/global/practices/) or email first-2009bp@first.org.

New Member Update! Please join us in welcoming the following new members to FIRST: Effective December 1st: UiO-CERT (University of Oslo), Norway and Rakuten-CERT, Japan. New members in January 2009 include: Adam Laurie, UK (liaison and formerly of the Bunker team); INTECO-CERT, Spain; MSIRT (Moneris Solutions), Canada and SecOps (Shell IT Services), Malaysia. FIRST thanks the sponsors for their efforts and look forward to the active participation of the new members!

The world’s economic woes haven’t stopped unprecedented levels of sponsorship being pledged for the 21st Annual Conference of FIRST with six months still to go before proceedings open on June 28, 2009, in Kyoto.