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CBSP Official Exam Study Guide


CBSP Official Exam Study Guide


The Certified Blockchain Security Professional (CBSP) exam prep guide covers exam objectives, including a detailed overview of all Blockchain security issues, including threats, risk mitigation, node security integrity, confidentiality, best security practices, advanced Blockchain security and more.

Exam Guide Includes

  • Twelve Chapters
  • Over 100 Exam Practice Questions
This guide is geared to prepare you for the Certified Blockchain Security Professional exam. The exam is conducted through the BTA Student Portal. The CBSP exam is a 70 question multiple-choice exam that lasts 1.5 hours and is a  evaluation of your Blockchain Security skills and knowledge.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fundamental Blockchain Security

  • Cryptography for the Blockchain
  • Hash Functions
  • Public Key Cryptography
  • Elliptic Curve Cryptography
  • A Brief Introduction to the Blockchain
  • The Blocks
  • The Chains
  • The Network
  • Promises of the Blockchain
  • Blockchain Security Assumptions
  • Attacking Basic Blockchain Security
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

Chapter 2: Consensus in the Blockchain

  • Blockchain Consensus and the Byzantine Generals
  • Introduction to Blockchain Consensus Security
  • Proof of Work
  • Solving BGP with PoW
  • Security of PoW
  • Attacking PoW
  • Proof of Stake
  • Solving BGP with PoS
  • Security of PoS
  • Attacking PoS
  • Other Blockchain Consensus Algorithms
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

 Chapter 3: Advanced Blockchain Security Mechanisms

  • Advanced Cryptographic Solutions
  • Multisignatures
  • Zero-Knowledge Proofs
  • Stealth Addresses
  • Ring Signatures
  • Confidential Transactions
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

 Chapter 4: Smart Contract Security

  • Introduction to Smart Contracts
  • Smart Contract Security Considerations
  • Turing-Completeness
  • Untrusted Code
  • Smart Contract Lifetimes
  • External Interfaces
  • Smart Contract Code Auditing
  • Auditing Smart Contracts
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

 Chapter 5: Blockchain Risk Assessment

  • Blockchain Risk Considerations
  • Decentralization
  • Distributed Ledger
  • Distributed Infrastructure
  • Smart Contracts
  • Visibility
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Blockchain Architectural Design
  • Private vs Public Blockchains
  • Permissioned vs Open Blockchains
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

Chapter 6: Basic Blockchain Security

  • User Security
  • Failure to Protect Private Keys
  • Vulnerability to Malware
  • Failure to Update
  • Node Security
  • Shared Vulnerabilities
  • Misconfigured Membership Service Providers
  • Insecure API Connections
  • Network Security
  • Flawed Network Design
  • Poor Network Security
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

Chapter 7: Blockchain for Business

  • Introduction to Ethereum Security
  • The Ethereum Distributed Ledger
  • Ethereum Smart Contracts
  • Ethereum Security Measures
  • Introduction to Hyperledger Security
  • The Hyperledger Distributed Ledger
  • Hyperledger Smart Contracts
  • Hyperledger Security Measures
  • Introduction to Corda Security
  • The Corda Distributed Ledger
  • Smart Contracts in Corda
  • Corda Security Measures
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

Chapter 8: Securely Implementing Business Blockchains

  • Business Operations
  • Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery
  • Contract Management
  • Product Distribution
  • Product Monetization
  • Data Management
  • Access Control
  • Data Retention and Deletion
  • Infrastructure
  • Asset Management
  • Infrastructure Scalability
  • Secure Communications
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance
  • Data Control
  • Data Security
  • Transparency
  • Chapter  Quiz
  • Chapter  Quiz Answer Key

Chapter 9: Network-Level Vulnerabilities and Attacks

  • % Attacks
  • Denial of Service Attacks
  • Eclipse Attacks
  • Replay Attacks
  • Routing Attacks
  • Sybil Attacks
  • Chapter  Quiz
  • Chapter  Quiz Answer Key

Chapter 10: System-Level Vulnerabilities and Attacks

  • The Bitcoin Hack
  • The Verge Hack
  • The EOS Vulnerability
  • The Lisk Vulnerability
  • The Pigeoncoin (Bitcoin Core) Hack
  • The SPV Mining Exploit
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

Chapter 11: Smart Contract Vulnerabilities and Attacks

  • Reentrancy
  • Access Control
  • Arithmetic
  • Unchecked Return Value
  • Denial of Service
  • Bad Randomness
  • Race Conditions
  • Timestamp Dependence
  • Short Addresses
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key

Chapter 12: Security of Alternative DLT Architectures

  • Introduction to Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs)
  • Transactions in a DAG
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of DAGs
  • Blockchain Extensions
  • Lightning Network
  • Sidechains
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Chapter Quiz Answer Key


  • Delivery: Digital Book, PDF
  • Language: English

Please Note: This is a digital book and is available for immediate download upon purchase.

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