FIRST releases inaugural annual report

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams releases inaugural annual report, covering the scope of its activities from the 2016 conference in Seoul, through its 2017 annual event in Puerto Rico.

July 24th, 2017 – The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) today announced the release of its annual report, covering one year of activities supporting the incident response community. FIRST has annually provided a business update at its events, and publishes an annual business plan to its members. This is the first publication made available to a wider audience, covering activity in its special interest groups, its work to develop standards, and the various events organized throughout the year.

In addition, the report covers a brief financial update, and an overview of the infrastructure investment the organization has made in the last year.

The report was edited by Margrete Raaum, former Chair of FIRST. Margrete served as Chair from 2015 through 2017, and reached her term limit at the FIRST event in Puerto Rico, in June of 2017. She continues on as a Board Member and is succeeded by board member Thomas Schreck.

Thomas Schreck, Chair of FIRST, said: “In these new sets of reports, each year we will cover the growth of the organization, major changes that have taken place, as well as provide a situational update on how we are doing, both in terms of finances and how we are tracking against our goals. We’re excited to launch this new tradition, and welcome the feedback of readers on how we can make these reports more valuable. Our goal for future years is to publish the Annual Report during our annual conference, edited by the outgoing chair, and covering the full last year of our operations.”

Margrete Raaum, former Chair and current board member, stated: “It’s with great pleasure that we are announcing this report. Our goal is to create additional transparency to members and non-members like, and to provide more insight into the activities of our association.”

The report has been made available at


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Founded in 1990, the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) consists of internet emergency response teams from more than 360 corporations, government bodies, universities and other institutions across 78 countries in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania. It promotes cooperation among computer security incident response teams. For more information, visit: