Cryptocurrency 101: Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain

Originally offered January 31, 2019

Duration: 100 minutes

CPE Credit: 2

Description: Blockchain is one of this year's biggest buzzwords, but do you understand how blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) work? This webinar will provide you with an overview of the essential concepts of DLT, such as blockchain.

You will follow the evolution of DLT and blockchain technology, and gain knowledge related to network nodes, various types of decentralized peer-to-peer networks, the components of a blockchain, its operations’ (verification, validation and consensus model) underlying algorithms, and essentials of hard and soft forks. 

Deeper concepts covered include hashing and cryptography foundations that are indispensable to blockchain programming. These foundations underlie smart contracts and decentralized application (DApps) platforms. Finally, live demonstrations will help you understand the workings of a blockchain, its transactions, blocks and protocols that employ mining. 

    Field of Study: Information Technology

    Course Level: Intermediate

    Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of blockchain and cryptocurrency

    Advanced Preparation: None

    Delivery Format: Group Internet Based

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Evaluate the evolution of DLT beyond blockchain.
    • Differentiate what blockchain is and isn’t.
    • Determine the various types of blockchain networks.
    • Identify the components of cryptography and hashing in DLT.
    • Examine actual case use of DLT, artificial intelligence (AI), and Internet of Technology (IoT) that will impact the future.
    Who Should Attend:
    • Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals
    • Law enforcement officers and prosecutors
    • Internal and external auditors, CPAs, CAs and forensic accountants
    • Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel
    • Educators and students


    Dr. David Utzke CFE, CFI, CCE, CBE
    Senior Agent
    U.S. Government

    Dr. David Utzke has a lifelong learning educational philosophy which includes advanced degrees in computer science/programming, forensic accounting, international finance, global macro-economics and cryptoeconomics with 25 years of experience in cryptocurrency technology. Utzke’s interest in cryptocurrencies began in 1990 with the introduction of the first centralized cryptocurrency called Digicash. In 2009, with the introduction of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Utzke began the development of open-source blockchain forensic investigative techniques now used in his work as an agent with the U.S. government. He has led cryptocurrency initiatives involving several hundred cryptocurrency cases over the past five years, major enforcement actions, and trains and supports field agents in ongoing investigations. Utzke also continues to develop his computer coding skills in Solidity used in 2nd Gen DLT SCS (Smart Contract Scripting) and dApps (distributed applications) platforms.

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