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Cryptocurrency Investigations for Financial Professionals

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Date(s): Feb 11, 2021
Time: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Registration Fee: $269.00
Cancellation Date: Feb 04, 2021
Location: Online

Course Description

This course is designed for financial professionals to develop an understanding of cryptocurrency ecosystems and their participants. In it, attendees will dispel several myths of bitcoin's blockchain and be prepared to learn how to trace bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions. In addition, attendees will identify indicators of hidden assets, learn a method to trace cryptocurrency assets, properly investigate these assets and validate records released as part of a data breach and how those records may be relied upon as business records in court.

Potential CPE Credits: 8.0
Govt Hours: This class meets 8.0 hours of the 24-hour requirement for governmental CPE under Government Auditing Standards (yellow book), in most cases.
Technical Hours: This class meets 8.0 CPE credits of technical training in compliance with Texas Admin. Code Rule 523.102.

Instruction Type: Live
Experience Level: INTERMEDIATE
Category: Auditing

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

·         Define and Identify types of cryptocurrency.

·         Identify types and motives of participants in cryptocurrency ecosystems, specifically, bitcoin.

·         Examine famous transactions on bitcoin's blockchain and understand the underlying ideology.

·         Evaluate ethical issues in gathering evidence and become aware of common pitfalls.


Detailed Course Outline


I. Cryptocurrency

·         Definitions

·         How does it work?

·         How is it used?


II.  Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

·         History and Background

·         Who are the players?

·         How does it operate today?


III.  Evidence Gathering

·         Asset Tracing

·         Validating Records

·         Ethical Pitfalls




Dorothy Haraminac

Ms. Haraminac (MBA, CFE, MAFF, PI) serves on the Council of Industry Advisors for Houston Baptist University where she provides industry insight and builds strategic partnerships to guide HBUs three cyber engineering degree programs. She also volunteers her time to train law enforcement, attorneys, and licensed investigators on cybercrime, gathering digital evidence in emerging technology such as bitcoin, other blockchain implementations, business email compromise, and darknet investigations.


Ms. Haraminac works closely with former credentialed counterintelligence special agents on the GreenVets team to coordinate best practices and response for a myriad of investigations. GreenVets collective expertise has included everything from complex oil and gas fraud to countering international terrorist finance operations and many things in between. Ms. Haraminac ensures investigations utilize cutting edge technology while also relying on the always important human element in any investigation.


Additional Information

TAC Rule 523.142(g) requires the CPE Sponsor to monitor individual attendance and assign the correct number of CPE credits. Participants will be asked to document their time of arrival and departure in compliance with this Rule. Additionally, attendance will be monitored throughout the day and CPE certificates will reflect actual attendance of each participant.

If you are making travel plans to come to Austin, we recommend making "refundable" air and hotel reservations or waiting until 14 days before the class to actually book your reservations. Courses are occasionally canceled or rescheduled due to low enrollment. We determine whether a course has enough participants 16 days prior to the course date. If we cancel or reschedule, we will email the participant and his or her billing contact no later than 14 days before the original class date.

The course coordinator will contact you with parking information. Handicapped parking is free at the meters around the downtown area.

Vending machines with Coca-Cola products and various snack items are available. There is also a refrigerator and microwave in our coffee bar area. Feel free to bring in your own drinks and food if you prefer.

You might want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as room temperatures vary.

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