Since November of 1988 an almost continuous stream of security-related incidents has affected
thousands of computer systems and networks throughout the world. To address this threat, a
growing number of government and private sector organizations around the globe have established a
coalition to exchange information and coordinate response activities.
This coalition, the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), brings together a
variety of computer security incident response teams from government, commercial, and academic
organizations. FIRST aims to foster cooperation and coordination in incident prevention, to prompt
rapid reaction to incidents, and to promote information sharing among members and the community