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 trained these security skills onto bitcoin and blockchains in 2012 when he launched Canada’s first blockchain consultancy practice: Bitcoinsultants. Michael helped co-author the CryptoCurrency Security Standard and his work has secured hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin, Ether, and other cryptocurrencies.
Michael joined ShapeShift AG as the CISO in January of 2017, after having successfully guiding the company through their high-profile April 2016 internal security breach.
Outside of his duties with ShapeShift, Michael serves on the boards of CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4), The Bitcoin Foundation and has been qualified as an Expert Witness in the courts of Canada and the United Arab Emirates. He is also a prolific speaker about blockchains and security, and has addressed both technical and non-technical audiences about bitcoin and blockchains, explaining why and how the technology is transforming the world we live in.