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Crypto-Asset Exchange Security Guidelines
Crypto-Asset Exchange Security Guidelines
Who it's for:
 Users, operators, and auditors of crypto-asset exchanges 

Crypto-Asset Exchange Security Guidelines

Release Date: 04/13/2021

Thanks to the blockchain technology that makes them possible, crypto-assets are becoming massively successful. As with any successful industry, a multitude of security questions arise: What risks should cryptocurrency users be aware of? How can they protect themselves? What security controls should operators put in place?

Experts have identified crypto-asset exchanges as a major pain point of crypto security. Exchanges are platforms that mediate crypto-asset transactions between entities. There are several types of attacks that are successful against exchanges. In this document, we give an overview of these attacks, describe an exchange security reference architecture, and then provide a detailed list of crypto-asset exchange security best practices, administrative controls, and physical controls. This is part of an ongoing project by the Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Working Group.

Key Takeaways:
  • The types of attacks that threaten crypto-asset exchanges
  • The details of a centralized exchange reference architecture that applies to a broad spectrum of crypto-asset exchanges
  • Crypto-asset exchange security best practices for end-users, exchange operators, and auditors
  • Crypto-asset exchange administrative and physical security control measures including: legal considerations, risk management, information access management, security awareness and training, workstation security, and more
This publication is part of a larger series on Securing DLT Frameworks for Financial Institutes. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find all the papers in the series here

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Bill Izzo

Bill Izzo

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Ashish Mehta
Cybersecurity - Sr. Risk Manager & Security Architect

Ashish Mehta

Cybersecurity - Sr. Risk Manager & Security Architect

Ashish Mehta has extensive experience in cybersecurity, blockchain, web development, IT management, financial markets, and the energy industry.

He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Blockchain Working Group and is a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Quantum-Safe Security Leadership Teams at the Cloud Security Alliance. In that capacity, he is responsible for pushing their multiple research efforts as well as coordinating with ...

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Research Program Manager, CSA

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Jyoti Ponnapalli

Jyoti Ponnapalli

Jyoti Ponnapalli is the SVP, Head of Blockchain Innovation Strategy at Truist. She has more than 18 years of experience leading emerging technology and complex digital transformations for fortune 500 companies across a range of industries including Finance, Telecom, Airline, Energy, and Food & Beverage. Prior to joining Truist, she was a Director of Blockchain at DTCC leading strategic initiatives in support of efforts to modernize the fina...

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Kurt Seifried

Chief Blockchain Officer & Director of Special Projects, CSA

For over 2 decades Kurt has been involved in the information security field, starting with Windows and Linux and continuing on to cloud and now Blockchain. With a strong focus on security and privacy Kurt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the CSA.

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