This represents about a year of work for us. I am really proud of our team, especially since we reached initial operational capability on 1 January 2009.
I would like to thank James Barlow and Rob Renew for sponsoring our application; Sarah Gori for leading our application process; David Bianco for helping Sarah with technical aspects of the process; and our security team members for assisting with meeting FIRST's criteria.
If you are a member of an incident detection and response team but your team is not part of FIRST, please check out the membership process. I advocated joining FIRST for three reasons:
- Joining FIRST is a sign to the world that your team has reached a certain level of maturity, stability, and capability.
- The membership process itself will help focus your team's operations and may help justify process and capability improvements that you may or may not realize you need.
- FIRST is a community of like-minded professionals with whom you can share information, practices, and lessons that might not be suitable for wider discussions.
When I speak at FIRST 2010 in Miami in June I will describe our membership process and more generally how to build a Fortune 5 CIRT. The conference is open to non-FIRST members, so please consider attending it.
Finally, I am still trying to fill a few of the roles listed here. I am particularly interested in finding a system administrator with FreeBSD and MySQL database experience, for our Information Security Infrastructure Engineer (job 1147859 at www.ge.com/careers). Please consider applying for one of the other roles within GE as well, listed below my jobs. Thank you.