South Korea’s Adviser in Cyber Security to open 28th Annual FIRST Conference in Seoul

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), a recognized global leader in incident response, has announced the line-up for its 28th Annual Conference, which takes place this June (12th – 18th) in Seoul, South Korea.

17 May 2016 – The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), a recognized global leader in incident response, has announced the line-up for its 28th Annual Conference, which takes place this June (12th – 18th) in Seoul, South Korea. Opening the conference will be Professor Jong In Lim, Professor of the Graduate School of Information Security at Korea University, and the former Special Adviser in Security to the President. He will deliver a keynote on Korea’s cybersecurity status and its direction toward a better future and consider how the world can respond to global cyber threats by taking a “Security First” approach. Professor Jong in Lim leads a conference program that includes 7 days of workshops, keynote addresses and speaker presentations delivered by industry experts and organisations as diverse as the United Nations and CISCO Systems.

Topics under discussion at this year’s conference range from threat intelligence sharing and detecting targeted web compromises, to the missing links between cybercrime gangs and the dark side of online advertisements.

Each day of the conference will open with a keynote from an expert in information technology and cyber security, with speakers such as Doug Dooley from Venrock, who will provide a Silicon Valley VC perspective on the subject of Fostering Security Innovation.

Other confirmed speakers include representatives from leading global organizations, such as:

  • Katherine Gagnon, United Nations, who will speak on building an information sharing community;
  • Richard Struse, US Department of Homeland Security, who will be talking about cyber threat intelligence making a difference;
  • David Lenoe and Tom Cignarella, Adobe, who will talk about 10 years of Product Incident Response at Adobe.

Kee Seung Baik, President and CEO of the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA), the local host of the conference, said that it is a privilege to host the largest and most prestigious cyber incident response conference in Seoul.

He explained that cyber threats are a cross-border issue, and require international cooperation and action. “The FIRST Conference has been at the forefront of taking action in a timely manner by planning for the next generation of cyber-attacks before they occur. I hope that this coming conference will serve as a platform for members to solidify cooperation and coordination amongst themselves.” Mr Baik added that KISA will play an active part in creating a safer cyber-environment by sharing cyber threat information, supporting capacity building efforts, and working towards a joint response with countries across the world.

Margrete Raaum, Chair of FIRST added, “I am delighted that Seoul is playing host to this year’s 28th Annual FIRST conference. Throughout its history, the FIRST conference has aimed to be at the cutting edge of innovation with regards to incident response, and with the quality and variety of speakers we have this year, I am confident that this will continue to be the case.”

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 the Korea Internet & Security Agency, Ministry of Science, IT and Future Planning, and KrCERT, this year’s conference will be held at the Conrad Seoul. More information regarding registration fees and registration terms and conditions can be found at

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Founded in 1990, FIRST consists of internet emergency response teams from more than 300 corporations, government bodies, universities and other institutions from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania. It leads the world's fight-back against cyber-crime, sabotage and terrorism, and promotes cooperation among computer security incident response teams and law enforcement agencies. For more information, visit: