Thank you for participating in the 2011 GFIRST National Conference!

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Please save the date for GFIRST8:
August 19-24, 2012 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia

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Benefits of attending the GFIRST Conference include:

  • Networking with more than 1,500 of your peers, including top information security professionals and government officials
  • Access to 80 exhibitors’ cutting-edge solutions and technology demonstrations at the Vendor Expo
  • Hearing expert speakers discuss the latest in cyber security news and trends as seen by government agencies, law enforcement, private sector and academia
  • Participating in information sharing groups on topics such as collaboration methods and incident response practices
  • Continuing professional growth with industry peers and keeping abreast of the newest issues, trends, preemptive measures, and case studies

Who Should Attend?

GFIRST is a great place for public and private sector leaders serving in non-technical roles to become familiar with the fundamentals of cyber security and incident response. GFIRST is also an excellent resource for practitioners in incident response and information security from the public and private sectors to include:

  • Academia with Cyber Security Specialties
  • Chief Information Security Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Computer Forensic Personnel
  • Critical Information Infrastructure Owners & Operators
  • Cyber Incident Responders
  • Cyber Security Association Members
  • Cyber Security Experts
  • Emergency Managers
  • GFIRST Members
  • Incident Response Directors
  • Information System Security Managers
  • Information System Security Officer
  • Information Technology Administrators
  • Information Technology Directors
  • Inspector Generals
  • ISAC Members
  • Law Enforcement Personnel Supporting Cyber Security Issues
  • Network Administrators
  • Process Improvement Managers
  • Security Engineers
  • Software Developers & Managers

What is GFIRST?

GFIRST (Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) is a group of technical and tactical practitioners from incident response and security response teams responsible for securing government information technology systems and providing private sector support. GFIRST members work together to understand and handle computer security incidents and to encourage proactive and preventative security practices across government agencies. GFIRST promotes cooperation among the full range of Federal, State and local agencies, including defense, civilian, intelligence, and law enforcement.

What is US-CERT?

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the public and private sectors. Established in 2003, US-CERT leads and coordinates efforts to improve the Nation's cybersecurity posture, promote cyber information sharing, and manage cyber risks to the Nation through the following responsibilities:

  • Analyze and reducecyber threats and vulnerabilities
  • Disseminate cyber threat warning information
  • Coordinate with partners and customers to achieve shared cyber situational awareness of the Nation’s cyber critical infrastructure
  • Provide response and recovery support for national assets
  • Advise on national-level cybersecurity policy and guidance

US-CERT carries out its mission in close collaboration with its partners and constituents (federal departments and agencies, State, local, and tribal governments, industry, academia, the general public, and international partners) along with other branches of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD).