AlphaPoint, a leading crypto exchange technology provider focused on enabling institutions to launch, scale, and operate digital asset brokerages and exchanges all over the world, today announced its founder Joe Ventura has joined the steering committee of the global security standards body CCSS, along with the appointment of experienced cybersecurity executive Scott Dinnage as AlphaPoint’s new Chief Information Security Officer.
Joe is the latest addition to a carefully curated CCSS committee, which is led by C4 president Michael Perklin and includes open blockchains and bitcoin educator and author Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Joshua McDougall of Kroll and other industry leaders. The steering committee’s mission is to ensure the CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4)’s security standards continue to remain up-to-date with industry best practices and maintain neutrality.
“The most secure systems are built through collaborative efforts of many security professionals at every level of industry,” said Joe Ventura. “AlphaPoint has focused on continuously improving security for operators using our white-label exchange platform, and we will use that experience to help progress the CryptoCurrency Security Standard (CCSS). For the crypto industry to succeed, open security standards must be available for everyone to audit and implement.”
“AlphaPoint has been a leader in the CryptoCurrency industry for years,” said C4 President Michael Perklin. “As the project’s founder, Mr. Ventura has successfully navigated AlphaPoint and its customers through the security issues and coordinated attacks faced by the industry. As such, Joe’s experience is valuable to the development of the CCSS, and C4 is thrilled to have Mr. Ventura bring this experience to the Steering Committee.”
The internal hiring of Scott Dinnage adds to AlphaPoint’s security team and will accelerate AlphaPoint’s efforts to enhance security in operations and technology. With a background in critical infrastructure cybersecurity, Scott brings 12 years of field experience building and providing cybersecurity products, services, and architecture. He has worked extensively with government organizations to provide cybersecurity guidance, services, programs and technologies to electric utilities across the United States and Canada. Scott has a strong background in cybersecurity development, strategy, governance, architecture, automation and ethical hacking.
“AlphaPoint is taking a proactive position to be thought leaders in the blockchain space – one thing they have prioritized is the need for strong cybersecurity principles that are exemplified by their products,” said Scott Dinnage. “I am looking forward to being a key piece of that strategy going forward.”
AlphaPoint and the cryptocurrency industry have been targeted by various cyber-attacks over the 6 years AlphaPoint has been in business. AlphaPoint has spent the last several months enhancing operational and software security with the help of internal and external experts and has achieved an even higher standard of security, along with obtaining a new insurance policy to protect its customers. AlphaPoint will look to share some of these insights as best practices in the future through its contributions to open source security standards like CCSS.
About CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4)
The CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4) is a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing standards and measurements of knowledge that professionals must possess in order to safely work with cryptocurrencies. C4 establishes cryptocurrency standards that help ensure a balance of openness & privacy, security & usability, and trust & decentralization. C4 also provides certifications to professionals who perform cryptocurrency-related services. Recipients of each respective certificate will have demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in various disciplines ranging from basic cryptography to low-level cryptocurrency development. The Certified Bitcoin Professional designation is currently available for individuals to obtain through C4, and other certifications are in development. To learn more, visit https://cryptoconsortium.org/.
About CryptoCurrency Security Standard (CCSS)
C4 launched the world’s first security standard for blockchains, the CryptoCurrency Security Standard (CCSS), in 2014 and continues to lead the industry with open standards and measurements that help keep the world safe. CCSS is a security standard that helps secure all information systems that make use of cryptocurrencies. By standardizing the security techniques and methodologies used by cryptocurrency systems around the globe, end-users will be able to easily make educated decisions about which products and services to use and with which companies they wish to align. A draft of the standard has been published to GitHub in order to gather wider feedback from the cryptocurrency security industry. The CCSS standard is maintained by the CCSS Steering Committee. The committee’s mission is to ensure the standard continues to remain up-to-date with industry best practices and remain neutral. To view a full list of committee members, visit https://cryptoconsortium.org/.
AlphaPoint is a global financial technology company helping institutions make illiquid assets liquid. Through its secure, scalable, and customizable distributed ledger platform, AlphaPoint enables customers to digitize assets as well as launch and operate markets with its white label exchange and asset digitization technology. AlphaPoint and its award winning blockchain technology has helped institutions discover and execute their blockchain strategies since 2013. For more information, please visit https://alphapoint.com and follow @AlphaPointLive.