The Stanford University Announces ‘Crypto Currencies: Bitcoin and Friends’ Course

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Stanford University School of Engineering in Stanford, California says it will offer a new course on blockchain in September.
Stanford University School of Engineering in Stanford, California says it will offer a new course on blockchain in September.
Stanford University School of Engineering in Stanford, California says it will offer a new course on blockchain in September.

Bitcoin is not new to the Stanford University as earlier hosted a Bitcoin workshop that featured several big players in the cryptocurrency space; however, this definitely is a big news for the people who want to get a professional course on the digital currency. In an announcement, the Stanford University School of Engineering in Stanford, California says it will offer a new course on this subject in September.

The course is called Crypto Currencies: Bitcoin and Friends (CS251) and expected to run from Sept. 21 to Dec. 9, 2015. Talking about the course, Dan Boneh, a professor of computer science at the school, said that the technology behind Bitcoin and other crypto currencies can be an indispensable tool for protecting information.

Boneh added that virtual currency has the potential to revolutionize business payment transactions. According to the university, the course will be available online to students enrolled in Stanford’s Cyber Security Graduate Certificate program.

Stanford Working to Address the World’s Cyber Security Challenges

Boneh admitted that Stanford is actively working to address the world’s cyber security challenges and according to him it’s an exciting time to study with them and gain vital skills needed for today’s cyber workforce. The new course covers the technical aspects of engineering secure software, system interactions with cryptocurrencies, and distributed consensus for reliability.

A range of topics have been included in ‘Crypto Currencies: Bitcoin and Friends (CS251)’. The course description says that the students will study altcoins, Bitcoin transactions, consensus protocols, cryptocurrency, elliptical curves, hash functions, mining strategies and incentives, proposed Bitcoin regulations, Zerocoin and zerocash.

Attend the Webinar Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

In order to give the first hand idea what the course is about, the university will hold a free webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Boneh will discuss developments in crypto currency and computer security during the webinar.

Coming from Boneh, a cyber security expert, the course is expected to provide comprehensive knowledge on creating security mechanisms that is easy to use and deploy for students. Moreover, as he takes an interdisciplinary approach in the process it will be extremely suitable for the people and professionals involved in cyber security and cryptocurrencies.

To contact the reporter of this story: Deepak Tiwari at deepak@forexminute.com

  • John Young
    I don't understand clearly the way why students are getting aquainted with bitcoins. I think that they are too young to know it as they should spend money on it and waste them there. I think it is better for them to spend money on their education, that is the proved reason to buy an essay online or get assistance with a collge paper they are assigned to. That would be a wise money funding, even if it is your last pocket ones. Students shouldn't have money at all, they are provided with everythinh they need: books, campus, eductaion and food.