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Steven Sprague

Steven Sprague is the co-founder and CEO of Rivetz Corp., a director at Wave Systems Corp and one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Rivetz is playing an important role in providing the key technologies for the protection of private keys and secure instructions for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Sprague served as president and CEO for 14 years at Wave before transitioning to the board of directors. A popular speaker on cybersecurity and trusted computing, Sprague has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms.

Sprague graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He enjoys farming in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters and a few too many horses.

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Bitcoin -Last summer, JPMorgan Chase lost over 80 million customer records.In 2013, Target lost over 40 million records.These two cyber-attacks alone amount to a stunning 1.2 billion passwords lost.So what can be done to prevent...
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Security -Lessons in REAL EncryptionApple’s Tim Cook versus the FBI is surely the top trending storyline in the cyber-security market. The first lesson is the near brilliant PR spin initiated by Apple. The international press coverage...
cybersecurity
Bitcoin -There have been a number of high-profile hacks recently, evidently demonstrating that hiding and using secrest on the Internet is still really difficult. From the $5 million in bitcoin lost at Bitstamp to the Sony hack, it is clear...
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Security -“Consumers don’t care about safety and security.”Even in today’s worried world where malware or worse is just one click away that sentiment echoed above is all too prevalent. The problem is that it is just not true…at...
Consumer Security Photo
Business -In a traditional payment model the user taps a card on a Point of Sale (POS) terminal.  The full payment is then executed by the terminal and delivered back to the register as a completed transaction.  A market led disruption of...
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Mobile -Today millions of new smart devices include the most advanced state-of-the-art security standards. Every app and service provider should fully exploit the embedded protections delivered by the latest generation hardware.  In...
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Bitcoin - Today’s modern payment system can be thought of in three parts: Legers, Transaction Processors and Instructions. Ledgers are an ancient technology that have not changed much over the millennia. The introduction of the block chain...
Trust Device
Advice - The Precarious Bridge between Mathematical Certainty and Societal TrustOne of the finest principles of Bitcoin is transactions are built on math instead of institutional trust. Rather than write a contract promising, “A if B,...
Securing Data1
Big Data - How we can reduce the effects of Heartbleed next time?For too long we have talked about layers of security but not “walked the walk.” The OpenSSL weakness was a mistake, but mistakes happen, and sometimes they take a long time...
Internet Facts
AlleyTalk - Adding Facts to the InternetThe Internet has developed into an extraordinary repository of information but it has always been hard for the network to store facts. Companies operate services built on facts—a bank balance, a...
Cyber Security
Bitcoin - Modern commerce needs modern security. The industry has invested a few billion dollars in the technical foundations for hardware-enhanced security in modern computing devices. The non-profit Trusted Computing Group, with over 100...
Ad-Based Web
Advertising - In 1989 my father, Peter Sprague, identified that the future called for a commerce model for digital goods. Back then, he was thinking about stock data and Calvin and Hobbes strips delivered to dedicated receivers over radio airwaves....