FIRST Global Initiatives 2017

A global and trusted network of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) can help spread the message within their respective countries and can be used to a great effect to combat dispersed sources of attacks.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is the oldest forum of such kind and was founded in 1989 with exactly that goal – to establish communication channels between CSIRTs that can be used to share best practices and, during incidents, to exchange information about attacks and coordinate response.

The event offers conferences, keynote presentations and activities designed to maximize network opportunities and information exchanges on information security and incident response.

The leading association of incident response and security teams released a new version of its CSIRT Services Framework. This is a formal list of services a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) may consider implementing to address the needs of their constituency.

The FIRST Board of Directors recognizes and shares the concerns of members and event attendees about recent changes in US immigration policy. We believe global participation is a prerequisite to developing strong and successful responses to internet security issues.

The comment period for the "Guidelines and Practices for Multi-Party Vulnerability Coordination", published by the Vulnerability Coordination SIG, was extended to February 28th, 2017. FIRST invites anyone with an interest in this area to review the current draft, available from, and provide comments for consideration.