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SANS San Jose Keynote Address to Discuss the End of Banking as We Know It

Information Security Expert, G. Mark Hardy, to Detail How Crypto Currencies and e-Payments are Breaking up a Centuries-Old Monopoly

  • Bethesda, MD
  • May 26, 2016

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced the Founder and President of CardKill, G. Mark Hardy, will deliver the keynote address at SANS San Jose 2016 taking place July 25 - 30. Hardy's keynote will explore the brave new world of electronic money including what it is, how it works, what it can (and cannot) do, and the probabilities of success or failure. He'll also examine spin-off technologies such as blockchains, and look into the mechanics behind electronic payment systems such as Apple Pay, CurrentC, and Softcard.

"Banks (central and otherwise) have enjoyed a virtual monopoly for centuries. But like most monopoly owners, they have grown uncompetitive and are now vulnerable to disruption. Every nation today issues "fiat" currency (i.e., not backed by tangible assets), and over 90% of money consists merely of ledger entries at financial institutions. Thus, there's little stopping new currencies designed for the Internet from replacing brick-and-mortar legacies," said Hardy. "Join me as I discuss the role of trust, connectivity, cryptography, and blockchain in the emergence of a possible new financial world order. Your economic future may depend on what you learn in this information-packed two hour presentation. Don't miss it for all the money in the world."

SANS San Jose offers hands-on, immersion-style security training courses taught by top information security professionals. Included among the courses offered is the newly updated SEC575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking course and the popular management course, MGT514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership. For more information on SANS San Jose 2016, including a complete list of courses and bonus evening sessions, or to register, please visit:

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