Are Cryptocurrencies to Blame for the Increase in Ransomware Attacks? – Bob Seeman – CSP #86

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Fortunes have been gained and lost through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency purchases. Ransomware paid in cryptocurrency is rarely recovered. Should the CISOs get involved in promoting regulation of the cryptocurrency? Would this reduce the number and amounts paid in ransomware attacks? Join the author of “The COiNMEN”, who has extensively researched cryptocurrencies and promoted policy changes as he shares his views.

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Are Cryptocurrencies to Blame for the Increase in Ransomware Attacks?


Bob Seeman

Bob Seeman – Managing Partner at CyberCurb

Bob Seeman is the Managing Partner of CyberCurb and advises business and government on emerging technology.

He is the author of the book “The Coinmen”, the most comprehensive critique of bitcoin. He is a Senior Advisor at Endeavor which identifies and industrializes game changing technology for the US Government. He is also a co-founder of RIWI Corp., a global data analytics company, and has been a consultant to a cryptocurrency tracing company.

He is a California attorney, electrical engineer and entrepreneur, was a Head of Strategy for Microsoft in London and a technical consultant to the European Commission.

Bob previously practiced administrative law with Norton Rose Fulbright. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Elec. Eng.) with Honours from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from EDHEC, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of British Columbia.


Todd Fitzgerald

Todd Fitzgerald – Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative


Todd Fitzgerald has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.