UA Partners with Software Company on Cryptocurrency Skills

In a photo taken prior to the pandemic, Diana Dolliver works with Austin Rife (left) in the National Intrusion Lab.

Students in the University of Alabama Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice have access to cutting-edge software and training programs that explain cryptocurrency’s role in the financial system and in criminal transactions.

Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis company, is providing the training and software that will teach students the principals of blockchain technologies that enable cryptocurrency. Students who perform well in the class will  have the option to be tested and certified in Chainalysis software, making them subject matter experts in cryptocurrency and blockchain analysis.

“There are not nearly enough individuals with this skillset, so the students who successfully complete the course and obtain the certifications will be extremely sought after by companies and government agencies for employment,” said Diana Dolliver, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice who will teach the course. “No other students in the world currently have this opportunity offered by The University of Alabama.”

Dolliver is the academic director for the Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force at UA and trains and works with law enforcement agencies on cybercrime cases.

“As criminal activity continues to move to this digital currency realm, more people are needed who can identify and trace the money in this cryptocurrency form,” Dolliver said.

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During the course, students will learn key concepts of cryptocurrency transaction analysis, recognize the value proposition of cryptocurrencies and understand how blockchain analysis can be used to develop risk assessments. Students will also receive interactive training using examples to discover business compliance philosophy and workflows.

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