In January 2014, ITU signed a cooperation agreement with FIRST, the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams.
FIRST is a premier organization and recognized global leader in incident response, bringing together a wide variety of security and incident response teams, who cooperatively handle computer security incidents and promote incident prevention programs.
The objective of this agreement is to establish collaboration between ITU and FIRST, within the framework of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda and in accordance with commonly agreed goals for a more secure and safer information society and on the basis of mutual benefit whereby:
• ITU will facilitate the affiliation process of ITU Member State’s national CIRTs to FIRST.
• ITU will be able to make use of FIRST’s Best Practice Guide Library (BPGL) throughout the various phases of its CIRT establishment programme.
• FIRST will facilitate the interaction between ITU and FIRST Members within its various fora, to enable more effective cooperation among existing and newly established CIRTs and thus enhance the global cybersecurity development process.
• FIRST and ITU will engage each other in relevant conferences or fora that will allow more interaction and cooperation.