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2009 saw the launch of the world’s first cryptocurrency: BitCoin. It is now worth ~$114 billion and cryptocurrencies combine further to $287 billion. Fortunes have been made, lost, and stolen through BitCoin. Criminals use it. Governments tax it … or switch to it.

Should you use it? Is it safe? Is it legal? Is it better?

Maren Peasley will give a short overview of BitCoin – what it is and how it works – and explore the use of cryptocurrencies. He will explain who is involved and how they relate to BitCoin and each other and discuss practical business implications of accepting cryptocurrencies.

Maren Peasley serves as an identity specialist at a global security vendor, where he helps customers understand complex business software dealing with authentication and encryption and helps internal teams design and evaluate cryptography usage in products and services.