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  • 1.  Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

    Posted Jan 27, 2021 02:02:00 PM
    What are the seminal titles I should recommend to my cybersecurity students on blockchain and distributed ledger?

    What do you consider the Bible of Blockchain?

    Thank you

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    Ran Hinrichs
    Instructor
    University of Washington
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  • 2.  RE: Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

    Posted Jan 28, 2021 07:25:00 AM
    Hello Mr. Hinrichs,

    I hope you are doing well today!

    It's great to see your interest into the Blockchain solutions and that you want to share it with your students.

    If I can give you my opinion, the best way to understand the Blockchain is to participate to a project or some activities related to Centralized and Decentralized Exchange, Peer-To-Peer Networks, App and Dapps (Application and Decentralized Applications) Using a Digital Wallet from your browser or Android device etc.

    I would suggest you to make a "TestNet" or even with "Real Crypto" using an application like "Metamask" (I am not doing any promotion of any kind but suggestion) and from there every student will have their own "Wallet", you must explain them how to recover their phrase code and the hole processus, this could be a great lab to do in your classroom. You can use the website "Etherscan" for your reference with the "Blockchain" and see all transaction from your "TestNet" there or any transaction that occur between your student so they can understand how the Network is working.

    You can go on Gitcoin Quest and start to learn about the Blockchain, Web3 and many things related to Technology that could certainly help. Gitcoin modus operandi is all related to the Blockchain with some of the Best Software Engineer.

    Mostly every project about Blockchain should have their Documentation available on their website.

    I hope this will help you!

    Best Regards!

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    Armand Brunelle - Research and Development
    Data Scientist - Cloud Architect
    ExonomousID
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  • 3.  RE: Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

    Posted 21 days ago
    Took me a while to get back to you.  You're right about jumping right in.  I have highlighted that opportunity for the students, and have motivated them to join.  Our model for instruction is partnering with outside organizations that need focus on a topic area that the students can take on.  They prepare the solution using our standards based models.  Then, they present to the Board.  Our cybersecurity professionals come from companies inside the Pacific Northwest and internationally as we grow.

    Let's see if they bite.

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    Ran Hinrichs
    Instructor
    University of Washington
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  • 4.  RE: Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

    Posted Jan 28, 2021 11:58:00 AM
    @Kurt Seifried seems like this one might be right up your alley. Thoughts? ​

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    Ryan Bergsma CCSK
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  • 5.  RE: Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

    Posted 30 days ago
    There aren't any (yet), but that's something we're actively working on. There are also many facets to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) security. Smart Contracts, Wallets, Exchanges, Oracle, etc. to name a few technical features, then there is also market manipulation type activities, front running, and so on. I've written a few blog entries that cover various aspects of this and more:

    Why lions shouldn't invest in DeFi Smart Contracts

    Published: 11/02/2020

    By Kurt Seifried, Chief Blockchain Officer at Cloud Security AllianceThis article is not legal or investment advice, it covers some aspects of front running in DeFi, and potential security solutions. This article also assumes you have a relatively deep understanding of the following Blockchain/DL...


    Rent to Pwn the Blockchain - 51% Attacks Made Easy

    Published: 11/20/2020

    By Kurt SeifriedThis article is not legal or investment advice. This article covers some aspects of 51% attacks (and 34% attacks and some other variations) in DeFi, and some potential solutions to prevent these attacks from succeeding. So where I say "51% Attack" I mean "all attacks where you get...


    Over 200 Documented Blockchain Attacks, Vulnerabilities and Weaknesses

    Published: 10/26/2020

    By Kurt Seifried, Chief Blockchain Officer at Cloud Security AllianceBlockchain attacks are very hot right now for one simple reason: it's where the money is. If you attack and compromise a database you need to take that data and then sell it to monetize your attack. If you compromise a web serve...

    NOTE: it's slightly less than 200 now, I did some consolidation.




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    Kurt Seifried
    Chief Blockchain Officer and Director of Special Projects
    Cloud Security Alliance
    [email protected]
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  • 6.  RE: Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

    Posted 21 days ago
    Kurt thanks for the pointers to the Blog.  The numbers are great.  I love data.  Makes me verify everything you write though.  My students known I'm following this subject area because I'm learning about it too.  We have a saying, if somebody tells you they know everything about cybersecurity.  Run!.  This field has grown with technical intensity, especially with emerging technologies.  Wait until we go "wet".

    Talking about new technology through crowd sourcing is the way to go, so thank you for managing this "well"  The fact that the field has also grown into behavioral investigation, with what I call digital citizenship, steers the dialogue into a robust direction.  Internet of Things, and bio immersive technologies are starved for more discussions.

    I'll follow you as the first in my class.  We have learning teams - we have an SME, an emerging guy, a CISO, several in field experts, a lawyer, a HR director.  Teaching this way creates a much better sense of the span of authority.

    Anyway, thanks for responding.

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    Ran Hinrichs
    Instructor
    University of Washington
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