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Bitcoin [BTC] holders will enjoy enhanced security of a ‘firewall’ via Cerberus Protocol, claims Neil Woodfine

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Neil Woodfine, a representative of Blockstream, recently announced the launch of Cerberus Protocol, following the release of the technology’s publication on Medium.

According to Woodfine, the objective of the Cerberus Protocol is to re-organize and build a non-custodial Bitcoin storage for large BTC-holders involved in businesses. The protocol is inclined towards the idea of “hybrid storage,” he said, where multi-sig keys are distributed across two organizations [Clavestone and the client].

In this manner, large Bitcoin holders’ virtual assets are protected under the enhanced security of a “firewall” with the risk of being “exposed to custodial risks.”

In the Medium post, it was listed that Cerberus was intended for corporations to own Bitcoin as a collective entity, rather than a single individual being responsible for the entire capital.

Neil Woodfine stated,

“We learned a lot from the development of the idea and our conversations with potential users, things we think would be valuable for the wider industry. So we’ve distilled everything down into an easy-to-follow guide for setting up a 2-of-3 multi-sig…and how to coordinate it.”

He also clarified that the involvement of custodians did not exactly secure one’s Bitcoins funds as they could be easily compromised at the hands of a single individual.

The Cerberus protocol would allow these large corporations to operate their own Bitcoin storage, reducing the involvement of middlemen, while also keeping security and usability in prime condition.

Woodfine had a word of caution though,

“Cerberus is still in early development, so definitely don’t try to start using it yet! Our hope is that by releasing the protocol in parts, we’ll be able to gather feedback from keen-eyed bitcoiners and iterate on the design to ensure we maximize security.”

The protocol gained traction in the community following the release of the first chapter of implementation.

Yuri De Gaia, Bitcoin OTC at l2bglobal, stated,

“Multisig storage is the best solution for corporate and family spending. All the elements for self-custody via multi-sig already exist, but there has been no clear protocol that applies to most situations.”





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Biraajmaan is an engineering graduate who is exploring the ever-changing crypto verse while traversing his passion for cryptocurrency news writing. He is a Chelsea fan and a part-time poet and does not hold any value in cryptocurrencies yet.

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ErisX goes all hands on deck to launch a Bitcoin Futures market

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ErisX’s CSO, Matt Trudeau, detailed the company’s four important plans for the future, which includes launching a spot market, to secure a Bit License, DCO, and to launch a futures market.

ErisX currently has a DCM contract, which is a Derivative Contract Market that allows ErisX to run a CFTC-regulated futures exchange. However, ErisX aims to get a DCO [Derivatives Organization], which will effectively allow it to run a CFTC-regulated clearinghouse. A clearinghouse would mean that ErisX can take control of the custody of the assets and clear and settled trades.

The CSO explained the benefit of this, stating,

“There is some efficiency for firms like producers [like mining companies]; if they need to hedge their inventory or need liquidity on a spot market, they could do that conveniently on a single platform. “

Trudeau added that from the “post-trade standpoint” and “the collateral management standpoint,” ErisX would have cash, crypto, and the futures, all stored in their clearinghouse. This would boost efficiency since it would be available for all customers under a single platform. The CSO added,

“… so there is some efficiency in terms of managing collateral, if you don’t have assets on  multiple platforms, it can all be in our clearinghouse.”

Apart from the aforementioned plans, Trudeau added that the crypto-industry needs to mature more and that ErisX plans to make a significant contribution to that. He added,

“The market is professionalizing and we think that in terms of what institutions are expecting from a trading/custody experience, we will bring some of the solutions to the market and that’s really the foundational pieces that they are looking in order to build their businesses on top of us.”

Apart from ErisX, LedgerX has also received a go-sign from the CFTC to settle Bitcoin Futures in Bitcoins. Other exchanges include Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and Seed CX.





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