Presentation: Digital Assets: 7 Lessons in Securing What's Next

Track: Innovations in Fintech

Location: Plymouth - Royale, 6th fl.

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Monday

Level: Intermediate


Over the last 8 years the burgeoning space of digital assets including Bitcoin and Ethereum have grown from an idea to a $100+ Billion dollar market that’s increasingly used by people and companies around the world. As this space continues to mature, similarities and differences to existing Fintech applications continue to grow in both directions. This talk recaps on the past several years at the largest cryptocurrency company in the world and explores technical infrastructure and security lessons learned that apply to what’s next in Fintech. Topics include insider threat, red-teaming and moving fast without compromising security.

Speaker: Rob Witoff

Security Director & previous Chief Architect @Coinbase

Rob is currently a director working in the security space. Previously, he was the Chief Architect at Coinbase where he built systems that connect you with (what may be) the future of finance. His team is responsible for the systems that collect, stream, power and analyze the data supporting transactions globally. Previously, he led Data Science from the IT CTO’s office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this capacity, he helped to expand the agency’s access, opportunities, and capabilities with their data. This work included the systems powering massive Martian telemetry + imagery analysis, developing data capabilities for the Astronaut Office and modernizing space mission infrastructure He has also worked to extend earth’s interstellar bandwidth as a lead engineer on the International Space Station’s laser communication system, OPALS. Rob led SpaceX Launch Systems and Space Station Systems Engineering. His work contributed to the first successful american optical communication link with the International Space Station. When his head is out of the clouds, Rob is a longtime entrepreneur endurance runner and Y Combinator founder of Apigy inc.

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