Why I love what I do for a living

Financial Cryptography is substantially complex, requiring skills drawn from diverse and incompatible, or at least, unfriendly, disciplines. Caught between Central Banking and Cryptography, or between accountants and programmers, there is a grave danger that efforts to construct Financial Cryptography systems will simplify or omit critical disciplines…

For a field that is nominally only half a decade old, by some viewpoints, it is apparent from the implementation work that has been done that many more aspects were involved than envisaged by early pioneers. Financial Cryptography appears to be a science, or perhaps an art, that sits at the intersection of many previously unrelated disciplines:

  • Accountancy and Auditing
  • Programming
  • Systems Architecture
  • Cryptography
  • Economics
  • Internet
  • Security
  • Finance and Banking
  • Risk
  • [Marmots]**
  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Central Banking

-Ian Grigg, ‘Financial Cryptography in 7 Layers

**note: Ian Grigg did not actually include marmots on his original list.