About

Mission Statement

The CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4) establishes cryptocurrency standards that help ensure a balance of openness & privacy, security & usability, and trust & decentralization.


Why C4?

The cryptocurrency space is exploding with new startups. These companies and those already established in the space are constantly seeking talent with a strong understanding of cryptocurrencies. Prior to C4 there was no way for these hiring managers and placement firms to validate Bitcoin knowledge in their candidates like they can with other knowledge such as networking, security, and accounting. C4 provides certifications so that professionals can assert their knowledge in cryptocurrencies the same way they are able to assert other skills.


C4 Code of Ethics

All cryptocurrency professionals who are certified by C4 recognize that such certification is a privilege that must be both earned and maintained. C4 certified professionals who intentionally or knowingly violate any provision of the C4 code of ethics may be subject to disciplinary action which could include revocation of certification. A complaint process exists whereby suspected breaches of the C4 code of ethics by any C4-certified professional can be submitted anonymously online.

There are only three mandatory canons in the Code. By necessity, such high-level guidance is not intended to be a substitute for the ethical judgment of the professional.

Code of Ethics Canons:


Board of Directors

The following people work to set the direction of C4 and the standards against which cryptocurrency professionals are measured:

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a best-selling author, speaker, educator, and one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and open blockchain experts. He is known for delivering electric talks that combine economics, psychology, technology, and game theory with current events, personal anecdote, and historical precedent effortlessly transliterating the complex issues of blockchain technology out of the abstract and into the real world. He has written four books: Mastering Bitcoin (O’Reilly Media), The Internet of Money, The Internet of Money Volume Two, and Mastering Ethereum (O’Reilly Media).

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin is a programmer, writer, founder of Ethereum, the decentralized web 3.0 publishing platform and co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine, a website and print magazine that covers Bitcoin-related topics. In 2014, Buterin won the World Technology Award for the co-creation and invention of Ethereum.

Joshua McDougall

Joshua is an Associate Managing Director with Kroll’s Cyber Risk practice. He specializes in assisting businesses in times of crisis where digital assets are at risk and in the application of the CryptoCurrency Security Standard (CCSS) to proactively protect customer assets. He is also a co-founder of Slow Ninja, the pioneering game studio that created Coindroids, a skill-based game played entirely within cryptocurrency blockchains.

Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan is an educator, entrepreneur, author, and attorney who has been working exclusively with bitcoin & open blockchains since early 2014. Morgan is a widely respected authority on multi-signature governance and legal innovation in digital currencies. Her book, Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning: A Simple Guide for Owners, provides a clear blueprint to inheritance planning for those holding cryptocurrency, tokens, crypto-collectibles, and other cryptoassets.

Michael Perklin

Michael is the Chief Information Security Officer of ShapeShift.com, the leading non-custodial platform for managing digital assets. Michael also serves as the President of C4, having co-founded the non-profit organization in 2014. Michael is an information security expert with over a decade of experience in performing digital forensic examinations, cyber investigations, and incident response post-mortems. Michael helped co-author the CryptoCurrency Security Standard (CCSS) and his work has secured hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoin, ether, and other cryptocurrencies. Michael is a regular speaker in the blockchain conference circuit, and enjoys finding new ways to break things.