About Craig


A computer scientist, a businessman, and an inventor.

Dr Craig S Wright


Chief Scientist, nChain

Dr Craig S Wright is an Australian computer scientist, businessman, and inventor, who challenges the world with visionary ideas. He is the creator of Bitcoin and author of the Bitcoin white paper under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Dr Wright is one of the earliest minds behind what we now know as blockchain technology, and established nChain to unleash the technology and its intended purpose—now preserved in the form of the Bitcoin SV Node reference implementation and Bitcoin SV.

As the Chief Scientist at nChain, Dr Wright oversees the scientific functions of the company, including basic and applied research projects and the development of new processes, technologies, and products. He leads a team of world-class blockchain engineers and researchers who strive to deliver cutting-edge solutions to global clients.

Dr Wright has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of information technology and security. He has been a lecturer and researcher in computer science at Charles Sturt University, authored many articles, academic papers, and books, and spoke publicly at conferences on IT, security, Bitcoin, and other topics relating to digital currency.

As one of the most highly qualified digital forensics practitioners in the world, Dr Wright has personally conducted in excess of 1,200 engagements related to IT security for more than 120 Australian and international organizations in the private and government sectors, including 15 Commonwealth states. Dr Wright has held senior executive positions with companies focused on digital currency, digital forensics, and IT security. Among his positions, he was the vice president of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science (CSCSS; www.cscss.org) with a focus on collaborating government bodies in securing cyber systems. Dr Wright also worked on systems that protected the Australian Stock Exchange, and has trained Australian government and corporate departments in SCADA security, cyber warfare, and cyber defence. In one of Dr. Wright’s early sector focuses, he helped design the architecture for the world’s first online casino (Lasseter’s Online in Australia) and advised Centrebet on security and control systems.

Many of Dr Wright’s research findings and publications continue to be presented at academic and business conferences. Articles which help explain some of the groundbreaking inventions and concepts can be found on here.

Dr Wright has been granted the following industry certifications: GSE CISSP, CISA, CISM, CCE, GCFA, GLEG, GREM, and GSPA. He has several advanced academic degrees in diverse fields, including a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science and Economics (thesis title: The Quantification of Information Systems Risk) from Charles Sturt University (completed in 2014; graduated in 2017), a Doctor of Theology (ThD) from United Theological College awarded in 2003, a master’s degree in Statistics, and a master’s degree in International Commercial Law. Dr Wright is currently a candidate for two additional PhDs: in Law at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and Applied Mathematics at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM) in Paris, France.

Doctor of Philosophy - Granted 2017

Master of Information Systems Security - Granted 2009

Master of Management (Information Technology) - Granted 2006

Master of Networking and Systems Administration - Granted 2005

Academic Transcripts

Master of Statistics - Granted 2009

Statement of Academic Records

Masters of Laws with Commendation in International Commercial Law - Granted in 2008

Master of Science Information Security Engineering - Granted 2012

Certified Information Systems Security Professional - Granted 2006

Information Systems Security Architecture Professional - Granted 2009

Information Systems Security Management Professional - Granted 2006

Certified Information Systems Auditor - 2005 to 2009

Certified Information Security Manager - Granted 2003

Certified Information Security Manager - 2003 to 2010

Certified Computer Examiner - Granted in 2006

CompTIA Security+ Certified Professional - Granted in 2006

CompTIA Security+ Certified Professional - skills and knowledge

GIAC A Taxonomy of Audits Assessments and Reviews - Granted in 2007

GIAC Analysis of a Serial Based Digital Voice Recorder - Granted in 2006

GIAC Auditing Wireless Networks - 2007 to 2011

GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst - 2007 to 2011

GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst - 2005 to 2009

GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst - 2005 to 2013

GIAC Certified Incident Handler - 2007 to 2011

GIAC Certified ISO-17799 Specialist - 2005 to 2007

GIAC Certified ISO-17799 Specialist - 2005 to 2013

GIAC Certified Project Manager - 2009 to 2013

GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator - 2008 to 2012

GIAC Certified Unix Security Administrator - 2007 to 2011

GIAC Current Issues in DNS - Granted in 2008

GIAC Cutting Hacking Techniques - Granted in 2008

GIAC Electronic Contracting in a Secure World - Granted in 2008

GIAC Electronic Contracting in an Insecure World - Granted in 2008

GIAC Hydration Detection - Granted in 2008

GIAC Information Security Fundamentals - 2011 to 2015

GIAC Information Security Professional - 2011 to 2015

GIAC Intrusion Analyst - 2008 to 2012

GIAG Intrusion Prevention - Granted in 2007

GIAC Legal Issues in Information Technology and Information Security - 2007 to 2011

GIAC Legal Issues in Information Technology and Security - 2007 to 2012

GIAC Payment Card Industry - Granted in 2007

GIAC Penetration Tester - 2011 to 2015

GIAC Stay Sharp: Defeating Rogue Access Points - Granted in 2007

GIAC Secure Software Programmer .Net - GSSP - .Net - 2012 to 2015

GIAC Security Audit Essentials - 2007 to 2011

GIAC Security Compliance - 2007 to 2011

GIAC Security Expert - 2009 to 2013

GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester - 2011 to 2015

GIAC.NET - GNET - 2008 to 2012

Certified Professional - Granted 2010

Senior Member - Granted 2007

Provisional Member - Granted 2005

5 Years Membership of the ACS - Granted in 2010

AIM Associate Fellow - Granted in 2004

AIM Member - Granted in 2004

SANS 17799 Security and Audit Framework - Granted in 2005

SANS Comprehensive Packet Analysis - Granted in 2008

SANS Legal Issues in Information Technology and Information Security - Granted in 2008

SANS Network Forensics - Granted in 2009

SANS Next Evolution in Digital Forensics - Hands on - Granted in 2007

Brisbane YMCA Youth Club - Best Military Tactics - Granted in 1988

Certificate of Appreciation - Hastings Family Support Services - Granted in 2014

Certificate of Appreciation - UnitingCare Burnside - Granted in 2008

Cisco Certified Network Associate - Granted in 2011 in 2011

Course in OHS Consultation - WorkCover New South Wales - Granted in 2006

Fundamentals of Automotive Mechanics - Thomson Education Direct - Granted in 2006

International Systems Security Professional Certification Scheme - Granted in 2005

National Security Training Academy - Security Industry Course and Firerarm Certificate of Achievement - Granted in 1992

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