FIRST Conferences are known for presentations and tutorials/workshops taught by leading researchers, managers, or practitioners in the operations of incident response, product security or other security teams. Presentations are great opportunities for practitioners, who do not have the time to write a full paper as usually expected at other conferences. What we are looking for are leading-edge research, challenging discoveries, effective solutions and established best practices already adopted by more than a single team. We also invite fresh ideas and challenges presented to the global community for discussion and consideration. We look to stimulate discussion on ways to improve capability, effectiveness and efficiency in the work performed by CSIRTs, PSIRTs, SOCs, or other security teams. We also invite original contributions as research papers, tutorials/workshops, panels, or demonstrations.
While our conference has attendees of varying levels of expertise, we are not seeking introductory presentations, such as why response teams are needed, the basic steps to create a response team, or how basic security tools such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems work. We are, however, interested in the latest practices to make response teams more effective or more scalable, or how to counter new attacks on security tools.
Submitted proposals are initially reviewed to filter out sales pitches and to confirm whether there is enough information available. Please take into account that 10 lines of text might not relay the concept or idea you have in your head or discussed in your peer group to others. In such cases we will request more information about the content of the submission before continuing our review process.
We will ensure that each selected proposal is relevant to our audience and will assess the overall value for our audience through an international Program Committee. This is composed of experts and practitioners from the field, representing a diverse set of teams and organizations across six continents.