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The Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is an international confederation of individual CERTs that work together to share technical and security incident information. It includes over 220 members from 42 countries. The members’ incident response teams represent government, law enforcement, academia, the private sector, and other organizations.
FIRST’s steering committee is responsible for its general operating policy, procedures, and other matters affecting the organization. The steering committee also selects the Secretariat, the coordinator of meetings and workshops, and the administrator for data and communications.
FIRST also works with multiple international standards organizations to develop standards for cybersecurity and incident management and response. In addition, FIRST uses the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) as a standard method for rating information technology vulnerabilities, which helps when communicating vulnerabilities and their properties to others.