In mid-June, the German parliament scrambled to repel the worst cyberattack in its history. Meanwhile, 800 IT security experts and members of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) from around the world met just a few blocks away at the annual meeting of the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). Responding to attacks like the one against the Bundestag is at the core of a CSIRTs’ daily tasks. As cybersecurity has become a core strategic interest for companies and governments alike, there is a growing need to safeguard CSIRTs’ operational independence from other political objectives and strengthen them as a neutral pillar of global cybersecurity.
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