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Coinbase, Circle, Kraken Join Crypto's New 'Neighborhood Watch' for Cyberthreats

  • Coinbase, Kraken and Circle are among the inaugural members of a group formed to enhance cybersecurity in the cryptocurrency industry.

  • The information security and analysis center is the second such organization to be created for digital asset firms in as many months.

Crypto ISAC, an industry group formed earlier this month to guard against cyber threats and exploits, has revealed its founding member organizations. The roster includes several heavy hitters.

Crypto exchanges Coinbase and Kraken are among the early participants in the information security and analysis center, the second such organization to be created for digital asset firms in as many months. (The first, SEAL-ISAC, launched in April.)

Read more: Crypto Gets Another 'Neighborhood Watch' to Guard Against Hacks

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Circle, issuer of USDC, the second-largest stablecoin, is also part of Crypto ISAC, the group announced Wednesday. So are the Solana Foundation, which stewards development of the fifth-largest cryptocurrency; Consensys, a key software development company in the Ethereum ecosystem; venture investor Ribbit Capital; Fireblocks, a crypto custody specialist; and Evertas, which writes insurance against crypto thefts and spearheaded the ISAC's formation.

Flashback to 2022: Crypto Insurance Firm Evertas Wins Lloyd’s of London Approval

ISACs are common in mainstream industries such as financial services, defense and aviation. They share intelligence about cybersecurity vulnerabilities and incidents between businesses and governments and are often compared to neighborhood watch programs.

Crypto ISAC aims to not only thwart cybercrime but build legitimacy and credibility with government and law enforcement for an industry long regarded as a lawless Wild West. About $1.7 billion was lost to hackers of crypto platforms in 2023, according to blockchain-sleuthing firm Chainalysis.

Senior cybersecurity executives from Circle, Coinbase, Consensys, Fireblocks, and Solana will appear Wednesday at CoinDesk's Consensus 2024 event in Austin, Texas, to discuss their involvement in the ISAC. They will speak alongside Justine Bone, the information security maverick recently hired to be the organization's executive director, and Evertas founder and CEO Jared Gdanski.

Crypto ISAC's members are:

  • Aleo

  • Arbitrum

  • Circle

  • Coinbase

  • Consensys

  • Evertas

  • Fireblocks

  • Hedera

  • Kraken

  • Red Balloon Security

  • Ribbit Capital

  • Solana Foundation

  • Trail of Bits