September 11, 2020 – Current Issues in Corporate Governance Update Webinar on HalfMoon
Presenting on Day 2 of a 2-day webinar series as part of continuing education for professional accountants and lawyers, Harumi Urata-Thompson provided an update on cybersecurity issues today. Harumi addressed a myriad of key cybersecurities topics, including:
Understanding cybersecurity risks
Management and board member training
Implementing internal controls and best practices
Recent developments in cybersecurity: examining the latest attacks and defenses
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“SEC & Mom and Pop Investors? Nodes on CODA” Podcast with Matthew Aaron
Listen to Harumi Urata-Thompson and Matthew Aaron as they talk about “mom and pop” investors and the CODA “lightweight” blockchain protocol on his podcast show, The Decrypt Daily: Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency Podcast. Matthew Aaron, Editor-in-Chief of CRYPTO 101 Media, is an advocate for blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. He is focused on educating the average consumer to the benefits and real-world applications of blockchain technology.
Cybersecurity in the Work From Home Environment of COVID-19: NELA Panel
In a time of COVID-19, people working from home use virtual communication platforms within varying home office situations. This raises the challenge of applying the right cybersecurity policies and procedures, which protects and supports but doesn’t hinder work. This also applies directly to the ambient issues surrounding employment law. Accordingly, the panel of experts that included Harumi highlighted current cybersecurity issues for the online audience members of the National Employment Lawyers Association in New York.
As Harumi describes the work-from-home environment today in a COVID-19 world:
Bad actors do not discriminate the organizations with 10 people from that of 10,000 people so regardless of whom we work for or where we are, we all need to be cognizant of what’s happening out there and be prepared. There are a lot of things that we can do in this field to protect our computers, data and work environment from being breached without having a big group of people working solely on it. It all starts with awareness and it doesn’t have to be scary.
Presenting alongside Harumi Urata-Thompson were Paul Jang, Legal & EdTech Specialist at Brooklyn Law School, employment lawyer Troy Kessler, Roseni Plaza, Executive Director of NELA NY, and Mark Rosen, Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School.
Blockchain Center Expert Panel Webinar: “Enterprise Blockchain”
Harumi Urata-Thompson’s homebase is New York City, the world’s leading financial center. It was natural for Harumi to reference fintech as examples of enterprise use of blockchain. In a time of COVID-19, people are using virtual means of communication and come from many different homebases. Accordingly, the panel of experts that included Harumi related enterprise blockchain to other areas like medtech. The lively webinar discussion on Enterprise Blockchain focused around addressing questions like:
At what point can we say a certain technology is truly adopted? Is it when most solution providers consider this as part of the product? Or when the majority of end users have switched?
What is the best use case of this technology? Is personal data one of them?
Presenting alongside Harumi Urata-Thompson were respected peers, Manny Alicandro, NYC attorney and former candidate for New York Attorney General and NYC Public Advocate, Brian J. Esposito, Founder & President of Esposito Intellectual Enterprises, a holding company with 20+ years of taking a company’s vision and launching successfully into market, Radhika Iyengar, Founding Partner at StarChain Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture studio focused on the convergence of advanced technologies and enterprise blockchain expert, and Xenia Vyazemskaya, co-founder of It Takes Two content marketing and PR firm for startups in fintech and digital assets.
The webinar was moderated by Peter Borovykh, who made his name in finance and created groundbreaking algorithmic trading strategies that quantifies market sentiment and leverages market participant emotion.
HUT Consulting on Blockchain Expert Panel, “Modern Stores of Value and the World Economy”
With blockchain’s underlying technology still so young, there remains a lot of room for innovation and improvements. Subjects discussed in the webinar varied from financial trading to legal & compliance across to marketing communications and technology. These areas were focused around addressing big questions like:
Are cryptocurrencies really acting as stores of value?
What can we do to bring more transparency?
What’s the “it” that will push this technology and investment vehicle into mainstream?
Presenting alongside Harumi Urata-Thompson were respected peers Bryan McGurk, investor and writer experienced in non-profit sector and legacy market trading, Xenia Vyazemskaya, co-founder of It Takes Two content marketing and PR firm for startups in fintech and digital assets, and Manny Alicandro, NYC attorney and former candidate for New York Attorney General and NYC Public Advocate.
ETC Labs Accelerator Interviews Mentor and HUT Consulting CEO, Harumi Urata-Thompson
Recently Harumi was interviewed in her role as a mentor in the ETC Labs Accelerator program on the state of blockchain technology. Among the many key insightful thoughts from the Q&A session, Harumi answered a question that is particularly relevant today,
“What do we need for the next generation of workers and employees to understand about blockchain? What does it mean to have blockchain as a skill?“.
“We believe having a robust board of mentors with a breadth of experience within innovation, blockchain, and financial sectors is a crucial component for the startups coming through our program,” said Liz Kukka, Executive Director of the ETC Labs accelerator program. “We’re elated to work with Harumi and bring her scope of experience and expertise to the Ethereum Classic ecosystem.”
Liz Kukka, Executive Director of the ETC Labs accelerator program
ETC Labs Accelerator promotes the advancement of blockchain technology and Ethereum Classic; providing technical support for blockchain and digital asset startups through the Ethereum Classic Labs Accelerator. One aspect that makes them a leading accelerator for Ethereum Classic and other blockchain projects is their esteemed board of mentors. Harumi Urata-Thompson is honored to be one of them.
HUT Consulting Updates NYC Legal Community on Cybersecurity Amidst Mandatory Work From Home in a COVID-19 Environment
Harumi Urata-Thompson is often asked to keep members of the NYCLA Continuing Legal Education Institute abreast of the latest issues impacting the intersection of Tech, Security, and Business practices. During the current pandemic, with so many people working from home and telecommuting, cybersecurity issues are at the forefront.
Harumi reunited with Mark Rosen, Esq., Brooklyn Law School, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Guy Robinson, IT Consultant on the panel of experts presenting at the event. They addressed steps lawyers can take to protect themselves and their clients, ethical considerations, and scams and hacks to watch out for.
“Bad actors never take vacation so why should we ever stop learning?”
Harumi Urata-Thompson, CEO, HUT Consulting
Podcast Appearance by HUT Consulting: What Blockchain Looks Like in a Post-COVID-19 Economy
Harumi Urata-Thompson was the guest speaker at LairEast’s podcast hosted by Ron Hamenhem.
Harumi addressed the LairEast community to talk about what we are going through at the moment as we continue to stay in COVID-19 lockdown and its impact on economy. She discussed what blockchain can do in this environment and what it could become.
LairEast NYC Craving for Cybersecurity Learning Satisfied by HUT Consulting
Harumi Urata-Thompson delivered cybersecurity knowledge that was especially in demand in a post-COVID-19 world to the highly engaged (and engaging) Lair East community.
While presenting the cybersecurity topic itself isn’t particularly unique, given the pandemic, these are by no means ordinary times, and new things develop day by day. Harumi talked about the heightened importance of protecting our digital assets and securing the work-from-home environment by better understanding what exactly we’re facing.
HUT Consulting thanks Cyber Dacians for contributing content to the presentation.
Talking Cybersecurity to Law Students in a Post-COVID-19 Online Class
Harumi Urata-Thompson had a taste of how students are learning during this COVID-19 era. Mark Rosen, who teaches at Brooklyn Law School, invited Harumi and Guy Robinson to guest lecture at one of the last classes of the term, talking about cybersecurity in panel discussion style.
Harumi participated in bringing together the group’s expertise in law, business, and technology and mingling with the brilliant young minds of these students in a socially-distanced manner that’s only possible in today’s technology-enabled environment.