What's New 2022

In September, ICANN invited me to talk about DNS Abuse at the ICANN75 AGM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was a great success! My presentation ‘The Challenge of Defining DNS Abuse’ was well received, and many attending industry specialists asked good questions, especially about FIRST's work. I made many valuable connections, including people from ICANN, the DNS Abuse Institute, registries, registrars, CERTs, commercial companies, government organizations, and many more.

Traffic Light Protocol Version 2.0 is Now Available; FIRST delivers training in Uganda, and the Western Balkans; Peter Lowe speaks about DNS Abuse at ICANN75 AGM in Kuala Lumpur; FIRST Chair Sherif Hashem participates in the Cyber Diplomacy and Norms panel at The Second Community of African Cyber Experts; The World Opens - FIRST Events Round Up; Special Interest Groups Update and New NETSEC SIG Formed; The Board meets in Davos; Board of Directors Organization and Roles for 2022/23; Twenty new members join FIRST

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity is dedicated to achieving a high common level of cybersecurity across Europe.
For more than 15 years, ENISA has played a key role in enabling digital trust and security across Europe, together with its stakeholders including the Member States and EU bodies and agencies.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Team (FIRST) has updated the globally renowned Traffic Light Protocol (TLP) for the cybersecurity industry - a vital system used by organizations all around the world to share sensitive information. The new version of the TLP results from a thorough consultation with over 50 security industry experts over three years with the goals to standardize, unify and modernize the content and language and provide improved supporting materials.

Annual FIRST Conference in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland, is a triumph; Dr. Sherif Hashem is the new Chair of FIRST, and four new members join the FIRST Board of Directors; Four new additions to the FIRST Board of Directors; The FIRST 2021-22 Annual Report is now available; FIRST adds a New Director of Community and Capacity Building to the team; 34 new members join FIRST;

Just a few years ago, security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) was the new buzzword associated with security modernization. Today, however, SOAR platforms are increasingly assuming a legacy look and feel. Although SOARs still have their place in a modern SecOps strategy, the key to driving SecOps forward today is no-code security automation. Read on to learn what lightweight security automation means, how it compares to SOAR and why SOARs alone won’t help you stay ahead of today’s security threats.

Last week FIRST learned that it is among a large group of organizations that were rejected from participating in the Open ended Working Group (OEWG) process, despite the groups expressed commitment to work with non-governmental organizations.

I want the needle, and the haystack to go along with it. Attackers take advantage of siloed data and security tools to exploit systems using misconfigurations and move laterally. This lateral movement across different attack surfaces has attackers flowing between the control plane and data plane of your environment to escalate privileges and seek out targeted access.

Over the past five days, 1,000 specialists representing six continents united in the cyber-crime fight at the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) conference in Dublin, Ireland

From how Ukraine is dealing with cyber attacks against its critical infrastructure, to the rapidly growing access to online child sexual abuse material and the sophisticated approaches to ransomware, phishing, and online fraud as well discussing cooperation with the United Nations and with INTERPOL and law enforcement– no stone was left unturned for delegates working together to protect societies world-wide

DNS Abuse is a pretty widely used term. On the surface, it might seem like a simple term that's easily understood. But when you look more closely, the definition depends on your perception of the issue—and can be defined both broadly, or more narrowly.

I had the absolute pleasure of participating in and attending the recent FIRST Technical Colloquium at the W Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 12–14. It was great to see nearly 100 people attend and over 50 people participating in training at this long-awaited in-person event. The program featured 17 speakers and two on-site trainers who held several popular workshops.

New Director of IT & Security role to bolster FIRST’s Business Plan; Upcoming Technical Colloquia, Symposiums, and Annual Conference; Last chance to nominate individuals or teams for the Incident Response Hall of Fame; FIRST contributes to important global policy and governance discussions; Mentors sought for new FIRST Mentorship Program; Eleven more member teams join FIRST; FIRST Infrastructure Updates - New Application Process

The Board of Directors strongly believes that FIRST should be an inclusive organization with broad global participation and collaboration to make the internet safe for everyone.

Three new Special Interest Groups created by FIRST members; FIRST partcipates in several important UN actvites; 19 events organized in 2021 - registraton opens for FIRST Annual Conference in 2022; Twelve more member teams join FIRST

Every incident response team globally is facing a serious increase of workload. As attackers scan and penetrate networks via automation, so must defenders look at automation.