Chris Gibson appointed Executive Director at FIRST

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) today announced the appointment of Chris Gibson as Executive Director of FIRST.

May 17th, 2019 – The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) today announced the appointment of Chris Gibson as Executive Director of FIRST. Chris brings with him over 15 years leadership experience and knowledge of the cyber security industry. He is well versed in FIRST’s mission having spent nearly ten years on the Board of FIRST, five years as Chief Financial Officer and two as Board Chair. He joins FIRST from Orwell Group where he was Chief Information Security Officer.

With responsibility for FIRST programs and mission, Chris will work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure annual programmes are achieved within budget and help raise funds for these programmes. He will build on the existing strong relationships that the Board has with partner organizations and members acting as the organization’s spokesperson as well as engage with an international community of policymakers on cybersecurity challenges.

Thomas Schreck, Chair, First said: “The Board is delighted to appoint Chris Gibson as Executive Director. Having worked with FIRST in various roles, Chris has a deep understanding of our goals and truly understands the value of collaborating with members and partners on a global scale. He also brings incredibly strong knowledge and experience of cyber security standards, processes and training from his work in the private sector with Citigroup and in the public sector where he built and ran CERT-UK, the UK’s first national Computer Emergency Response Team within the UK Government’s Cabinet Office.”

Chris Gibson, Executive Director, FIRST said “I’m enormously excited to be joining FIRST as Executive Director. I’ve been involved with the organization since 2001 and I’m looking forward to working full time to achieve the FIRST mission.”


About FIRST

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: https://www.first.org.

Media Contacts

Nicole Chan
Cred Communications Ltd
Tel:
+852 9027 1404 | +852 2110 3519
Email:
nicole@credcommunications.com