The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) jointly honored Ian Charles Cook and Don Stikvoort in the second edition of The Incident Response Hall of Fame. 

Ian Cook is a cybersecurity veteran with 43 years’ cyber security experience including six years on the FIRST Board. He has held senior technical and management positions at the UK NHS, Tricentrol Oil Corporation, Saudi American Bank, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Pentest Ltd, Barclays Bank and Team Cymru.

In 1988 Don Stikvoort joined the Dutch national research network SURFnet. He helped create the European Internet starting in 1989. He recognized “security” as a concern in 1991, chaired SURFcert between 1992-8, and was the founding father of NCSC-NL, the Dutch national team. Stikvoort became a member of FIRST in 1992 and has been incredibly active during his membership from chairing the FIRST conference in Australia, co-chair of the Traffic Light Protocol working group and participating in CSIRT, Metrics and Ethics working groups. In 1998 he co-wrote the ‘Handbook for Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs)’.

Cook and Stikvoort were chosen based on their impact on the development and growth of global incident response, their continued impact on the advancement and evolution of the Internet as well as contributing to the Internet’s reach across the globe.

“The Incident Response Hall of Fame recognizes the significant contributions and positive impact that both individuals have brought to the Incident Response and cyber security community,” stated Serge Droz, Chair of FIRST. “Both Ian and Don are well deserved honorees and role models who inspire both our members and non-members”.