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  • Tuesday, June 25 | 3:35–4:50 PM


    CPE: 1.5

    Level: Advanced

    Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge and experience with the fundamentals of blockchain, cryptography, hashing, and cryptocurrency

    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

    Distributed ledger technology, such as blockchain, presents unique investigative challenges. This session will cover key concepts such as distributed ledger technology, hashing, cryptography, blockchain transaction sequencing and forensics, distributed applications (dApps) and smart contracts, wallets and addresses, ways of transacting to include use of the various types of digital currency exchanges, privacy and stable coins, ICOs/STOs, investigative challenges, and much more.

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Identify distributed ledger technology (DLT) and more about what it really is
    • Recognize the fundamental interaction of the cryptographic key pair (private and public keys) and hashing in a DLT transaction
    • Compare the different types of blockchains and the different types of consensus protocols
    • Discern the concept of blockchain forensics and investigative challenges
    • Ascertain the difference between virtual currency and cryptocurrency as well as the difference between crypto-coins and crypto-tokens

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    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.

  • dutzke headshot
    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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