Event Wrap: 30th Annual FIRST Conference and AGM

By on 17 Jul 2018

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From left to right: Klee Aiken, Maarten Van Horenbeeck, and Adli Wahid.

APNIC participated at the 30th Annual FIRST Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24 to 29 June 2018.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) holds regular conferences for security and incident-response member teams from around the world to share information on security and incident best practices and allow for networking opportunities.

The 30th annual conference welcomed 813 attendees from 75 economies and featured keynote speakers including Christopher Painter (Commissioner, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace) who talked about the Evolution of the Cyber Threat, Our Response and the Role of Diplomacy (see video below), Rob McMillan (Research Director, Gartner) who provided his perspective on the cybersecurity challenges of the past 30 years, and Kim Zetter (cybersecurity journalist and author) who shared her exposé of US election security over the last decade.

APNIC activities:

  • Adli Wahid attended the FIRST Board meeting and AGM as a board member, and played a key role in planning and coordinating the event in his home economy, Malaysia.
  • Klee Aiken presented with Maarten Van Horenbeeck (FIRST board member) on how governments internationally debate and work on topics of cybersecurity, agree on what the challenges are, and get inspiration on solutions.

  • Klee participated in the inaugural in-person meeting of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) Working Group B: Cyber Incident Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection. The group worked to define objectives and goals for the next year.

For a full list of the program, including presenters slides, see the conference website.

FIRST will be holding two upcoming regional symposia in the region: the first will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia, on 10 September, alongside APNIC 46; the second will be held in Shanghai, China from 25 to 26 October, in conjunction with the APCERT Annual General Meeting & China-ASEAN Seminar.

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