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Cryptocurrencies: The Current Landscape

Thursday, June 21 | 3:00 pm EDT

Cryptocurrencies are all the rage. Everyone is watching the price of bitcoins. Those in-the-know are talking about Litecoin, Monero, Ethereum, Ripple, and Dash, to name a few of the coins that are available if you know where to look. For the rest of us, it’s a bewildering array of new concepts from what a coin, wallet, and blockchain are, to how it compares to fiat currency, and why this even matters.

What you'll learn:

In this webinar, we will discuss the history of cryptocurrencies, how they operate and what differentiates them from traditional currencies, explain some of the concepts behind the technology, and take a peek into the criminal activity they facilitate. You know that cryptocurrencies are changing the cyber threat landscape, so here’s your chance to understand the basics.

Speakers

Stacey A. Wright

Stacey A. Wright is the Director of Cyber Intelligence at CIS (Center for Internet Security), where she runs the Intel Team for the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC). She has designed and built the Intel Team to focus on providing strategic and operational cyber intelligence to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments. The team publishes more than 200 products per year providing timely, actionable SLTT government and elections-focused insight on cyber risks, actors, trends, tactics, vulnerabilities, and incident response. Recipients use the intelligence to improve visibility, detection, accuracy, and strategically align resources to the current cyber environment. In addition to her work at CIS, Stacey teaches two graduate cybersecurity and threat intelligence classes at the State University of New York. Prior to her employment at CIS, Stacey was the Cyber Intelligence Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Albany Division, where she was responsible for coordinating the local cyber intelligence program and served as the FBI's liaison to the MS-ISAC. Stacey began her career as an Information Systems Specialist for the Cambridge, MA, Emergency Communications and Fire Departments. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a formally trained Intelligence Analyst and a national speaker on cybercrime.

Eugene Kipniss

Eugene Kipniss is a Senior Program Specialist for the MS-ISAC.  He works on the Stakeholder Engagement team with our nation’s State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal (SLTT) governments in order to provide them with access to the many MS-ISAC services and information products which support organizational security posture and awareness.  Eugene focuses on managing the accounts of hundreds of MS-ISAC member governments and organizations across the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. Additionally, he co-chairs the MS-ISAC’s Education and Awareness working group that focuses on bringing cybersecurity knowledge to both end-users and IT staff alike.

The MS-ISAC has been designated and funded by DHS as the key resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for the nation’s state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments. Through its state-of-the-art 24/7 Security Operations Center, the MS-ISAC serves as a central resource for situational awareness and incident response for SLTT governments. There is no cost to be a member.