Crypto Currency and Security
Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 at 11am PT | 2pm ET
Cryptocurrencies promise secure efficient anonymous monetary transactions. Do they actually fulfill these promises? What about their use in ransomware? Is it really easy to acquire cryptocurrencies to pay a ransomware ransom? What are the social and environmental effects of cryptocurrencies?
Join us to hear two experts with deep personal experience in these areas discuss the reality of cryptocurrencies.
David Rosenthal retired after more than a half-century working with computers, focused on operating systems, graphics, and peer-to-peer technology. He was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, employee #4 at Nvidia, and most recently founded and spent nearly two decades at Stanford working on the LOCKSS (Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) peer-to-peer digital preservation system. As part of this project, he with co-authors published a decentralized consensus system using Proof of Work 5 years before Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin protocol.
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Bryce is the Director of Intelligence Operations at GroupSense, a leading provider in Digital Risk solutions. Bryce leads the day-to-day intelligence activities of GroupSense's Analyst and Research teams producing finished, tailored intelligence for our diverse clients. Prior to GroupSense, Bryce worked in strategic international education initiatives while pursuing OSINT training and investigations, primarily focused on studying extremist movements, as a passion project.
Founder and CEO, ContextGrid
Arka Bala is Founder & CEO of ContextGrid - a start-up based in Silicon Valley. ContextGrid has created an open registry for contextual data and holograms in the physical world, browsed using the first Open Augmented Reality based browser for the spatial web. It’s similar to Verisign’s DNS service and Mosaic, the first web browser. He is also helping track and prevent COVID19 with spatial web tech as the CTO of HealthGrid Alliance, and Co Founder and Governing Board Member of the OpenARCloud.org., Arka has 15 years’ experience as an Entrepreneur and Big Data Architect with extensive experience and strong skill set in Big Data and Cloud involving startups, banking, financial services, business intelligence and data warehousing.
Director of Cross Engineering, Barracuda
Dana Woolcock currently holds a position of Director of Cross Engineering in the Office of CTO at Barracuda Networks. Dana joined Barracuda Networks in 2015 after spending 5 years working in the IT Helpdesk at University of Michigan - Flint. Dana started as a QA Engineer focusing on Barracuda’s shared codebase. While she excelled in her technical work, she also showed exceptional organization and project leadership skills. In the recent years, Dana stepped into engineering management and is now leading a full-stack engineering organization in delivering internal tools and critical customer facing cloud services. Dana's career growth at Barracuda is easily identified as one of the most outstanding examples of driving exceptional outcome with people leadership and strong communications. Her passion in empowering every team member to their strength has produced a dynamic, efficient and nimble development engine.
Chief Strategy Officer, Cobalt
Caroline Wong is the Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt. As CSO, Caroline leads the Security, Community, and People teams at Cobalt. She brings a proven background in communications, cybersecurity, and experience delivering global programs to the role. Caroline’s close and practical information security knowledge stems from her broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. Caroline also hosts the Humans of InfoSec podcast, teaches cybersecurity courses on LinkedIn Learning and has authored the popular textbook Security Metrics, A Beginner's Guide. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a certificate in finance and accounting from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Researcher and Software Engineer, Barracuda
Erez Turjeman is a security researcher and a software engineer at Barracuda Networks. Prior to Barracuda, he worked on various embedded systems at SeaPTec and Cisco, and he continues to help Barracuda in building secured software components and services to serve our wide varieties of customers. As part of the Barracuda Labs organization, he focuses his research on networked systems from IoT devices to cloud infrastructure. Identifying vulnerabilities in devices and the operating ecosystems they belong to is Erez's passion. Lately, Erez has utilized various tools and techniques to track, identify, and analyze the malicious threats in network and application security protection contexts. Erez holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University.