FIRST in the News

European CIIP Newsletter – FIRST Chair Margrete Raaum describes how FIRST as an international umbrella organization connects incident responders worldwide, and how it can benefit the European energy sector.

Forbes - " is one example among many other professional associations of cyber defenders that now struggle with holding technical conferences in the wake of the immigration ban uncertainty," said Katie Moussouris, founder and CEO of Luta Security in an interview with Forbes.

One Magazine (Spanish) – Valencia hosts the TF-CSIRT and FIRST conference, bringing together representatives of the most important centers for the protection of international cybersecurity.

ITProPortal — Without a doubt, 2016 was the year of the DDoS. The year came to a close with a major DDoS attack on DNS provider Dyn, which took down several major internet sites on the Eastern US seaboard. This attack was different - not so much in terms of its volume or its technique, but in the fact that instead of being directed at its intended target, it was targeted at network infrastructure used by the target.

Fedscoop – Shaun Waterman of Fedscoop covers a project of FIRST members and the NTIA to describe vulnerability coordination scenarios and corresponding patterns of communication.

ITWeb Africa – Article describes the 5th Regional Cybersecurity Summit in Egypt, and mentions training FIRST has organized together with the government of Egypt.

SC Magazine UK – Thomas Schreck and Margrete Raaum of the FIRST boardy told an audience at 4SICS 2016, co-organized by FIRST, on why cyber-threat intelligence plays an important part in information sharing in the energy industry. – FIRST conference one of nine “conferences worthy of consideration for the security leader or CISO, security professional and operational business leader.”

Network Security Journal – FIRST Board member Serge Droz comments on why encryption technology often gets a strong response from governments.

NCCIC Monitor Newsletter – The newsletter of the US Industrial Control Systems CERT describes how their team won first place in the annual Dragon Research Group FIRST Challenge at the 28th Annual FIRST Conference in Seoul. – Kate O’Flaherty asks what the information security industry can do to encourage more women to join the sector. FIRST Chair, Margrete Raaum, responds.

Digital Times (Korean) – Margrete Raaum, Chair of FIRST, and Kee-Seung Baik, President and CEO of the Korea Internet & Security Agency, discuss the forthcoming FIRST conference in Seoul, Korea from June 12th – 18th.

DigitalNewsAsia – Fortinet security expert Derek Manky discusses working with FIRST for about four years, setting up non-commercial intelligence exchange with appropriate stakeholders.

BlueKaizen – an interview with Maarten Van Horenbeeck, former chair and Board member of FIRST, discussing the benefits for an organization to join, and how the organization contributes to dealing with complex security incidents.

Ghana News Agency – FIRST and AfricaCERT organize a two-day training workshop and regional symposium on cyber security on the team, “Joining Forces to Promote Cyber Security in Africa”.