Cryptocurrency exchanges and decentralized finance have revolutionized the world of financial services, but these innovations have also opened new doors for cybercriminals looking to engage in fraud and theft. Consequently, agencies such as the Financial Action Task Force have sought to encourage e-finance companies to embrace security frameworks and standards like traditional banks have, while cyber and finance industry leaders are also increasing efforts to research the latest cybercrime trends and develop protections against them. The question is: To what extent have self-regulation and attack preparation caught up to the vulnerabilities created by innovation? This interview will seek to answer this question by examining some of the latest developments in the crypto, DeFi and blockchain security space, as it relates to the financial sector.
Crypto & DeFi: Innovation vs. Regulation vs. Attack Preparation
Jackie Burns Koven – Head of Cyber Threat Intelligence at Chainalysis
Jackie Burns Koven is the Head of Cyber Threat Intelligence at Chainalysis where she works with law enforcement, financial institutions, cryptocurrency businesses, and cybersecurity companies and is a member of the Ransomware Taskforce. Prior to joining Chainalysis, she served in the U.S. Intelligence Community. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University where she was a Research Fellow for Technology & Public Policy.
Bradley Barth – Director of Community Content at CyberRisk Alliance
As director of community content at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for SC Media online conferences and events, as well as video/multimedia projects. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.