A Gentle Introduction to Blockchain
  Seth Nielson   Seth James Nielson
Founder and Chief Scientist
Crimson Vista, Inc.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018
01:30 PM - 04:45 PM

Level:  Introductory

Blockchain. Does it seem like it is everywhere? Start-ups are springing up around the idea, academics are investigating, and chances are your boss might have asked you about it. What is it all about?

There is no doubt that blockchain is both an amazing technology AND over-hyped. There are many misconceptions, even within the technology community, about what it can be used for and what its strengths and weaknesses are.

This course covers:

  • An introduction to how blockchain works under the hood
  • Differences between public and private blockchains
  • Bitcoin
  • Smart contracts
  • Where blockchain might be useful to your data

Dr. Seth James Nielson is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Crimson Vista, Inc., a boutique computer security consulting firm. Dr. Nielson has consulted with everyone from small technology start-ups to large medical device manufacturers on matters of cryptography, computer security, and computer networking. He has also served as a testifying expert in various high-tech litigation. Dr. Nielson also teaches computer security at the University of Texas at Austin. Under a grant from Cisco, he is currently driving the development of a cryptographic knowledge base designed to help non-experts know how to correctly use cryptography in their organizations. He is the co-author of the book "Practical Cryptography in Python: Learning Correct Cryptography by Example."