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Security Lessons: What Can History Teach us?

23rd Annual FIRST Conference brings renowned security experts to the historic city of Vienna

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is holding its 23rd Annual Conference this June (12th-17th) in the imperial city of Vienna, Austria. Reflecting FIRST's mission for global cooperation, the five day conference will bring together leading experts from around the world to share best practice and the latest thinking around this year's theme; Security Lessons: What can history teach us?

Do yesterday's IT security governance models still apply, or will they lead to catastrophe? Can new analysis theories transform the world? These are the fundamental questions that will be asked during the event, which will reflect on the state of network security and address the modern challenges facing incident response.

FIRST is a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing together cybersecurity experts from 239 corporations, government bodies, universities and other institutions from across the globe. Confirmed speakers include security experts from renowned organisations, such as the United States Secret Service, Microsoft, Kapersky Labs and Deutsche Telecom.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Francisco Garcia Moran, Director General, European Commission; Management Board, ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency)
  • Michael Moran, Criminal Intelligence Officer, INTERPOL
  • Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies and Senior Advisor, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center
  • Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure
  • Brian Krebs, Reporter, Tech Policy & Security,
  • Peter Zinn, Senior High Tech Crime Advisor, KLPD National Crime Squad

Steve Adegbite, Chair of FIRST says, "FIRST exists solely to encourage networking, collaboration and the sharing of technical information and management practices and our annual conference provides a unique setting for delegates to interact with the best in the business. Delegates can meet their peers and build confidential relationships that cross corporate disciplines and geographical boundaries. Facing a global war against cybercrime, we think it is imperative that the industry continues to come together in this way to advance skills and best practice."

The conference is open to both FIRST and non-FIRST members and welcomes IT managers, network and system administrators, software and hardware vendors, law enforcement representatives, security solutions providers, telecommunications organizations, ISPs, and general computer and network security personnel.

Hosted by, this year's conference will held at the Hilton Vienna in Austria's capital city. An early bird discount applies in March, more information regarding registration fees and registration terms and conditions can be found at

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To hear more about this year's conference, listen to a podcast from 2010.10: Gavin Reid, CSIRT Manager, Cisco Systems and FIRST 2011 Program Chair


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March 28, 2011 19:18 GMT+01