A group composed of developers and security professionals has proposed a set of rules aimed at standardizing security protocols used by companies that handle or store digital currencies for their clients.
The Cryptocurrency Security Standard (CCSS) draft proposal calls for 10 standardized approaches to key and seed generation, storage and usage, proof-of-reserve and security audits, among other areas. The framework consists of three levels per section, with each grade signifying a higher degree of security based on the proposed guidelines.
In conversation with CoinDesk, Perklin said that a number of companies in the bitcoin space, including many of those that work with bitcoin security firm BitGo, have expressed active interest in the standards. The proposal was developed in partnership with BitGo, with support provided by wallet service provider Armory.
He said the proposed standard can help set a baseline of security protocols for exchanges at risk of theft or fraud, explaining:
An aid for regulators
Perklin said he expects regulators to support standards as they discuss or develop frameworks for cryptocurrencies, particularly among agencies that were prompted to look at the sector after events like the failure of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox.
At the same time, Perklin questioned whether governments are ready to begin regulating bitcoin in the first place, instead advocating for the industry itself to develop solutions that work.
"It’s one thing for government to mandate that the cryptocurrency industry take care when securing the public’s funds," he said. "But frankly they’re still scrambling to learn about cryptocurrencies in the first place."
According to Perklin, the next steps for the CCSS will consist of reviewing and responding to community feedback, which he has described as both positive and constructive.
He cited the response from wallet and exchange service providers as notable, telling CoinDesk:
C4 will soon launch a Lighthouse crowdfunding campaign later this month to raise seed capital to support the ongoing development of the standard, Perklin said.
The full text of the CCSS draft proposal can be found below:
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