We’d like to announce a “Save the Date” and “Call for Speakers” for the FIRST Amsterdam Technical Colloquium (TC) 2017. The main event, hosted by Cisco Systems in Amsterdam, Netherlands will be a plenary style conference held on the 25th and 26th of April 2017. We are also offering an optional, free, training on Monday April 24th.

Event registration is open now. This will be free event with no registration charges (although registration is required). This event will be open to all (not just FIRST members) and fills up quickly. Note, the Monday training has limited seating, so please register early to avoid being turned away. Please register here.

A list of recommended hotels and travel information is available here:



Call for Speakers

FIRST is looking for speakers that would like to present at this Technical Colloquium. This is a GREAT opportunity to give something back to FIRST and the industry, while practicing your speaking skills and sharing your hard work. We are most interested in new presentations and presenters, however important updates on prior work are also welcome. We strongly encourage any individual who has not spoken at a conference before to submit a proposal. The ideal behind the TC is to encourage security teams and researchers to share their technical work in a friendly environment. While we give special to consideration to local talent, submissions are welcome from anyone, anywhere.

Any novel ideas, techniques, case studies, or research related to incident and threat response are welcome. Some suggested topics are as follows:

  • Threat actor techniques
  • Creative incident response techniques
  • Indicators of compromise and how detect/mitigate
  • Data analytics for security
  • Criminal underground
  • Denial-of-service attacks and countermeasures
  • Hardware security/embedded systems security
  • Network and OS security
  • Digital forensics
  • Human-computer interaction, security, and privacy
  • Intrusion and anomaly detection and prevention
  • Malicious code analysis, anti-virus evasion, etc.
  • Security architecture
  • Open Source tools
  • Attack and response to an organization

For your submission, please provide the following information:

  • Title
  • Brief Summary (Abstract)
  • Presenter’s Name(s), Affiliation, and short biography
  • Estimated Time (45 mins + 10 for questions is typical)

If you’re interested in speaking, please contact us at amsterdam-tc@first.org.

Important Note:

FIRST does not allow presentations with the aim of gaining the audience’s interest in any commercial application, solution, or product. In other words, NO MARKETING PRESENTATION. Please only submit a talk if you are actually able to attend the TC in Amsterdam.

Our goal is to have the program on the event website by the end of February 2017, to that end please have all submissions completed by February 17th. Feel free to reply with any questions.

Thank you,

Matt Valites, Jeff Bollinger, and Gavin Reid



Matt Valites

Information Security Investigator

Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT)