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Blockchains, Cybersecurity & Transport With Val Bercovici & Dr. Richard White



Recently I had the opportunity to catch up with two experts in the areas of blockchain and transport, Dr Richard White, Cybersecurity Architect at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO of Chainkit.

In this interview, we discuss Tennessee’s Dept. of Transportation’s current need to address Cybersecurity Log Integrity and how Chainkit handled that requiring “Guard the Guardians”.

Theme: Cybersecurity Logfile Integrity ( ISO 27001 ctrl 12.4.2 ) with DLT

Primary Topic: Chainkit engagement by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Our discussion covers:

  1. The challenge TDOT faced

My conversation with Richard started with a summary of the challenge the TDOT faced in implementing an ISO 27001 Logfile integrity control solution. We also discuss how they came to partner with Chainkit to address this business & technology need.

  1. Approach and Capabilities

Val shares insights into the approach and overview, as well as details about a successful Proof of Concept they implemented, how they approached this challenge and which of Chainkit’s capabilities were proven best in this solution.

  1. How the TDOT went about gaining independent validation that the Chainkit solution addressed the solution requirement

I asked Richard to share key insights around how the TDOT approached the challenge of partnering with Chainkit as an external 3rd party to undertake a solution simulation as part of this project to validate the solution.

  1. Wrap up information around how organisations can contact Chainkit to confer their needs

To close out, I turn to Val to communicate some details about how folk can reach out to Val and his team at Chainkit to begin the discussion about working with them on key business and technology challenges.

Please visit the Chinakit website and for complete information, check out the links below, and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Linkedin. Also, reach out to the team at Chainkit as early in any new initiative as possible to begin a conversation about how Chainkit can help your organisation with your data protection and compliance needs. 

This video was created in association with Chainkit.

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Tennessee Department of Transportation Technical White Paper: 

Chain kit eXtended Integrity Monitoring (XIM) White Paper: 

Chain kit website: 

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In Conversation With Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO, Chainkit



I had the delight of talking to Val Bercovici, the founder & CEO at Chainkit, a Software-as-a-Service company that assembles cyber security solutions with a corporate assignment to eradicate sightless holes in cyber security and data privacy.

Today, we discuss Chainkit & Data Protection, what is chain of custody, and Blockchains – cases CXOs are far-fetched to have ever encountered in their careers while currently having no option.

#1 – Ransomware incidents and Cyberattacks are constantly increasing

We discuss what is ransomware cyber attack and how these incidents have been increasing significantly. We started with Val presenting his take on the present state of what seems to be a swell of new challenges in cybersecurity incidents and subsequent ransomware incidents, specifically focused on the healthcare industry, which was specified to transpire because the world is haggling with a global pandemic, cybercriminals are never lagging to take the edge of prospect where chinks in the armour emerge in any place they can witness a route to profit from any security vulnerability.

#2 – The massive impact of COVID19 and life before and after 2022

COVID19 has had a tremendous impact but didn’t this problem exist before 2022, so extensively so that I don’t believe anyone would contend that the effect the global pandemic has had is past influential concerning the growth in data security & cybersecurity, be it the evolution to Work From Home for multiple, or the augmented shift to Mobile technology in the likes of infirmaries, retail, and service sectors as a whole. Additionally, cybersecurity threat and ransomware have been around for decades, irrespective of the hazards and impacts around this space. In Val’s perspective, we confer how the existing state of the globe has altered the geography of data security and digital threat and what you witness as you spend time with communities faced with the requirement to respond.

#3 – Are we on the verge now where technology lives to decode this problem

Cybersecurity threats in healthcare, cyberattack, ransomware, data risk and data security aren’t new issues, nor are they new threats. However, they have noticed significant gains due to our pivot to communities being Data-Driven. We reside in an immensely Always On, Always Affiliated world – so the tremendous growth in risks linked to the tremendous growth of the attack surface should come as no lure to anyone, but the query I keep earning in boardrooms is “is there a solution to this, does the technology exist to solve it?” – I question Val to probe into this, we split this into two subparts.

We begin with the first half, and I request Val for his riff on this, i.e., should it be interpreted as snare when it comes to increasing cyber incidents to any bonafide business or tech expert. 

And to the subsequent part, I question Val if the technology exists today to handle and decode the issues of clamping & safeguarding data and, in the subject of prosperous hacks, hold the chain of custody in cyber security, as it’s anointed, to be able to chase and delineate the trespasser.

We again wrap up with little crystal orb goggling, as alliances are now enclosing to steer their way out of 2021 and mitigate into 2022 as we make it through the long and immensely challenging year, safely getting it through the auspicious Christian holiday term Christmas and unexplored waters.

After that, I invited Val to share his view and suggestion around how communities should equip themselves to manage the near future as they scrutinize to improvise business & technology approaches & subsidizing plans for the next 12 to 18 months?

To listen to our detailed conversation, make sure you tune in and enjoy a significant fireside conversation with one of the most ingenious thinkers in cyber security. Certainly, one of the greatest influences in thought administration in the war against cybercrime.

This podcast was made in partnership with Chainkit.

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Current AI and Mobility Industry Trends with Nik Scharman



I caught up with Nik Scharmann, Project Director, Economy Of Things with Bosch, while I was in Berlin, to chat about the Bosch Connected World 2019, his role working on Distributed Ledger Technology, current trends in the Connected Mobility industry, AI, ML, the Bosch Centre for AI his insights on where we are heading over the next 12 to 18 months and beyond. For more info visit

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