What's New 2023

Back in the early days of the Internet, when everybody knew everybody, the way that you validated yourself to a Certificate Authority (CA) for an X509 certificate for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) was to send a fax on company letterhead.

Are you interested in getting involved in FIRST’s 2024 events? If so, take special note of the details and dates below.

This digest covers…

  • FIRSTCON24 Call for Speakers and Trainings Closing This Month

  • 2024 Events Speaking and Sponsorship Opportunities

  • 2024 Events Save the Date Information

Focused on the Global Vulnerability Management Ecosystem, attendees will have the opportunity to advance the art and science of vulnerability management with industry leaders.

Message from the Chair; CVSS v4.0 is now available; The Board in Oslo; Migrating to the new FIRST SSO; SIGs; On the Road to Fukuoka / Call for presentations; New Teams Members: August, September, October; Upcoming Events

FIRST Impressions Podcast has been selected as one of the Top 10 Incident Response Podcasts on the web.

The FIRST Impressions podcast brings you regularly scheduled content focused on discussions from across the incident response and security spectrum. Hosted by Chris John Riley and Martin McKeay, new episodes released first Friday of the month!

Message from the Chair; Conference Roundup; Special Interest Groups; Weekend Training; Training on DNS Prevention, Detection, Disruption and Defense; Diversity and Inclusion; New Board Member Introduction; M3AAWG 58 Meeting; 36th Annual FIRST Conference to take place June 9-14, 2024 in Fukuoka, Japan; New Members; Standards; Communications; Upcoming Events.

FIRST’s AGM took place during the 35th Annual Conference in Montréal, Canada at the start of June 2023. Senior cybersecurity expert Tracy Bills, CERT/CC was elected to lead FIRST’s Board of Directors with the organization’s leadership team further strengthened with the appointment of Carlos Alvarez from ICANN to the Board.

(v1. Approved by FIRST Board 05-17-2023)

At FIRST, we believe that diversity is essential to achieving our missions of global cooperation and shared language. We embrace diversity in all its forms, reflecting the global and diverse membership of FIRST.

SIG updates: Human Factors in Security (HFS-SIG), EPSS SIG, SecLounge SIG; Remembering Andrew Cormack - by Serge Droz; Profile Deactivation on FIRST Portal; Board in Tokyo; Team Profiling - RWANDA NATIONAL CSIRT; Suguru Yamaguchi Fellowship Program; and New Teams.

The DNS Abuse SIG is very pleased to announce the publication of the DNS Abuse Techniques Matrix, the work of many months and a great number of people from various parts of the security and DNS worlds.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) plans to hold its 35th Annual Conference with the theme ‘Empowering Communities,’ in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from June 4 to 9, 2023. This six-day event brings the incident prevention community together with cyber security experts to foster information sharing, cooperation, and coordination. Typically, over 1,000 people from around the world attend.

"Long time no see!” was the most popular phrase at the TF-CSIRT – FIRST Regional Symposium in Bilbao, Spain. And it has been a long time indeed – last time we met all together was in Malaga in 2020. We had some virtual events in the meantime, but it was certainly nice to see old faces and meet new colleagues in real life. The first joint post-pandemic event took place from 30th of January to 2nd of February, kindly hosted by the Basque Cybersecurity Centre.

Upcoming Events - Bilbao, Kigali, Amsterdam; TF-CSIRT Meeting & 2023 FIRST Regional Symposium Europe; 2023 FIRST & AfricaCERT Symposium: Africa and Arab Regions; Date for your Diaries - Amsterdam 2023 FIRST Technical Colloquium, April 17-19; Chair Sherif Hashem and Board Member Michael Hausding participate in the FIRST & ITU-ARCC Regional Symposium for Africa and Arab Regions; First 100 days on the FIRST board; Are you interested in becoming a future board member?; Be a FIRST trainer! David Rüfenacht, Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst, provides a first-hand account; Special Interest Groups Update; Messaging Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) Join Forces to Address Global Internet and Security Issues; Twenty More Members Join FIRST;