About the Center- Recent Activities

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The Center's goal is to promote and facilitate an exploration of how financial regulation must be modernized to support financial stability, consumer protection, and secure financial networks.


The Center is an independent Virginia nonprofit corporation. It is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


The Center’s Form 990-PF filings are available for review at the

Law Office of T. Michael Jankowski, PLLC

627 S. Washington Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22314


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May 4, 2023



"Escalating Cyber Threats to the U.S Financial System:

Time to Think Outside the Box"


Sponsored by

Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center


George Mason University School of Business

Center for Assurance Research and Engineering(CARE)


George Mason University College of Engineering & Computing


Recording of the Program will be uploaded to the site shortly



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Statement  on Deposit Insurance in Light of the

Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank


March 16, 2023


A New Idea for Deposit Insurance


The events of the last week demonstrate that federal deposit insurance may no longer be structured to maximize customer confidence and systemic stability.  While it was originally created to protect small individual savers, small and large businesses routinely and necessarily maintain daily operating accounts in banks that exceed the current $250,000 deposit insurance limitation.  As a result, those depositors are at risk and likely to move their accounts to banks that they consider safer at the first sign of trouble.  Recent reports indicate numerous large regional banks hold more than 50% of their deposits in an uninsured status.  This threat to financial stability will continue as long as there is a widespread belief that uninsured depositors at the very largest institutions are safe, while uninsured depositors at all other banks, including large regional banks, are at risk.


To mitigate this threat, Congress could amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to provide that all deposits at U.S. offices of FDIC-insured institutions may be insured above the current $250,000 limit if the depositor opts into a new supplemental insurance program.  In that case, a fee based on, among other things, the average prior month size of the deposit, would automatically be deducted from the account on the first business day of a month.  The fee would be paid directly to the FDIC and would be placed in the Deposit Insurance Fund.  In contrast, in the event of a bank failure, uninsured deposits would be required to be retained in the receivership, where the uninsured depositors would only be paid out as receivership assets became available.  With such a system in place, each bank customer with a deposit in excess of $250,000 would be provided the clear choice to either pay a monthly charge to insure any amount above that level, or  assume the risk of being uninsured.


Deposit insurance has historically been a critical factor in maintaining confidence in the U.S. banking system.  Today’s circumstances call for an innovative new approach that gives customers the opportunity to decide how much they value the availability of that coverage by voting with their wallets.


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March 29, 2023


The American Enterprise Institute



Rebuilding Cyberspace to Prevent Financial Collapse: A Book Event


A presentation of and discussion about:


The Unhackable Internet:  How Rebuilding Cyberspace Can Create Real Security and Prevent Financial Collapse


Author: Thoma P. Vartanian


See event here:



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The Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center


The Growing Cybersecurity Threat


Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian discusses the role of the Center and how it plans to promote sound public policy with regard to the growing number of financial infrastructure cybersecurity threats in this 30-minute podcast interview.




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Wall Street Journal Opinion Article


Thomas P. Vartanian:

February 10, 2023

Biden Plays the Junk Card




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Homeland Security Today Interview




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America Trends Podcast

If You Lock Your Front Door, Your Home Is Better Protected Than Your Digital Life




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The Curious Mans Podcast

A Conversation with Thomas P. Vartanian:

The Unhackable Internet: How Rebuilding Cyberspace Can Create Real Security and Prevent Financial Collapse



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The Shelley Irwin WGVU Morning Show

Grand Rapids MI (NPR)

A Conversation with Thomas P. Vartanian:

The Unhackable Internet: How Rebuilding Cyberspace Can Create Real Security and Prevent Financial Collapse




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The Chris Voss Show:

A Conversation with Thomas P. Vartanian

The Unhackable Internet: How Rebuilding Cyberspace Can Create Real Security and Prevent Financial Collapse



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Keen On:

How We Built the Wrong Internet: An Interview with Thomas P. Vartanian on Rebuilding Cyberspace to Make it "Unhackable"


Keen On: How We Built the Wrong Internet: Thomas P. Vartanian on Rebuilding Cyberspace to Make it "Unhackable" on Apple Podcasts


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BBC Radio Interview:

"Crypto, the Collapse of FTX, and Where Regulation Goes From Here"

Listen as Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian participates in a terrific BBC World Business Report debate/interview about crypto and the collapse of FTX




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Live & Online Programs

December 7, 2022

* Executive Roundtable Discussion *


“Demystifying Artificial Intelligence: Its Impact on Finance and Regulation”


View the entire program here:



President Biden’s recent Executive Memo on Artificial Intelligence, Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights: Making Automated Systems Work for the American People, focuses on the growing influence of AI technologies.  While AI can dramatically improve the delivery and regulation of financial services, novel algorithms and the ways that they are used add new complexities to compliance and the potential for inadvertent discrimination.  That suggests the early adoption of standards and rules of engagement to ensure that Americans are protected from as much as they are assisted by AI.


Moderated by:


Thomas P. Vartanian

Executive Director, Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center


Brian Knight

Director of Innovation and Governance and a Senior Research Fellow, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University


Experts included:


Brad Blower, General Counsel, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow, Technology and Innovation at Stand Together

Carol Evans, Deputy Fair Lending Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dr. Mark Flood, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Phillip Hurst, Assistant General Counsel, Card Data Sciences & Machine Learning, Capital One

Melissa Koide, CEO & Director, The FinReg Lab

Kevin Greenfield, Deputy Comptroller for Operational Risk Policy, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Tommy Jones, Senior Technology Architect, Enterprise Technologies, In-Q-Tel

Melissa Koide, CEO, FinRegLab

Brenda Leong, Partner, BNH AI

William Magnunson, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law

Matt Mittelsteadt, Visiting Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Weifeng Zong, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center



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April 27, 2022



An Executive Roundtable discussion moderated by Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center (FTCC) Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian and Conference on Consumer Finance Law (CCFL) Chairman James M. Milano with distinguished guests:


  • Brian P. Brooks, CEO, Bitfury, former Acting Comptroller of the Currency
  • Jelena McWilliams, former FDIC Chair
  • Randal K. Quarles, Chairman, The Cynosure Group, former Vice Chairman for Supervision, Federal Reserve Board

Join the nearly 700 registrants of this program and watch it here:




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March 3, 2023

The Center's Executive Director issued a Statement on the White House National Cybersecurity Strategy (March 2023)


Thomas P Vartanian, Executive Director




The Biden Administration’s National Cybersecurity Strategy



March 3, 2023


As Executive Director of the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center, I believe that enlightened federal government leadership is essential to guiding our nation to a stronger position in confronting cybersecurity threats. In that context, I have analyzed every White House pronouncement on cybersecurity in the last 25 years. That analysis is included in my new book, The Unhackable Internet.


From that perspective, the Biden Administration's National Cybersecurity Strategy does indeed advance national cybersecurity policy. It recognizes that the Internet is ill constructed for the roles it is expected to play - an important first step in fixing it. In addition, its proposal to alter economic incentives and impose greater liabilities to drive companies to maximize their cybersecurity efforts and secure data would make a difference. The release also correctly concludes that the U.S. must stand up and lead the democratic nations of the world to forge new cybersecurity solutions.


But it falls short in suggesting that we can correct the structural deficiencies of the Internet if we simply run faster to get ahead of them. It avoids any discussion of real solutions such as building new secure private networks for critical infrastructures where, for example, authentication is enhanced and anonymity is prohibited. It also seems to presume that the current cybersecurity challenge, which is not within the control of any one government, is correctable through more government involvement. Finally, it fails to provide a compelling reason why its repetition of the same government admonitions will this time alter the record of acute ineffectiveness by policymakers over the last twenty-five years.


Sadly, the insecurity of the Internet won’t be solved until businesses and users conclude that the costs of vulnerability and the loss of privacy have reached the point of no return. Then the private sector will act, and governments will follow. By then, everyone will wish that we had built a different and safer kind of online existence.


To stay informed and receive periodic alerts from the Center, visit https://fintsc.org/stay-informed/


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March 9, 2022


Thomas P Vartanian, Executive Director


Comments on

White House Executive Order on Crypto

See: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/03/09/executive-order-on-ensuring-responsible-development-of-digital-assets/


Cryptocurrencies are the modern-day equivalency of the money market funds of the 1980s, which both revolutionized and destabilized financial markets.  We would have hoped the government learned its lesson in how to regulate such new financial products.


Although much anticipated, the Executive Order does not pack any substantive punch and adds very little. It adheres to the long-standing approach over the last twenty-five years of directing some two dozen different agencies to coordinate action and require the creation of dozens of reports.


While no fault of the Biden Administration, the admonitions in the Order are fourteen years too late in trying to bring rationality, security, and stability to an unregulated industry that is actually more than $10 trillion in size when derivative cryptocurrency instruments and leverage are included.


The Order continues to miss the fundamental point that crypto-assets – including Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) - require security which will never be achieved  unless we build a new Internet that favors enhanced authentication, identification, governance, and enforcement of standardized rules..


To the extent that administrations and Congress continue to be incapable of confronting the fundamental issues posed by crypto-assets and balancing them with the need for technological innovation, it leaves to the financial regulators the job of reasserting American leadership as the Order seeks to achieve.


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Listen to these interviews in July 2022

with Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian about the U.S. economy:

The WealthFormula:

A Conversation with Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian about

200 Years of American Financial Panics: Crashes, Recessions, Depressions And The Technology That Will Change It All





The Next Financial Bust:

A Conversation with Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian



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Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian Op-Eds:


July 9, 2023, The Messenger

The Too-Comfortable Danger of ‘Bidenomics’



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June 29, 2023, The Hill

A rebellion at the Federal Reserve — can it avoid the next bank collapse?



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June 21, 2023, The Messenger

Congress Isn’t Protecting Children From the Internet, So States Are Doing the Job



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June 16, 2023, The Hill

Our failing banks and the capital con game



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June 9, 2023, The Hill

Lending laws are changing — and borrowers could pay the price



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May 2, 2023, The Hill

The Fed wants more power after the banking collapse. We need real reform — and less Fed



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May 1, 2023, The Hill

No, Federal Home Loan Banks didn’t cause the SVB collapse



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April 26, 2023, Harvard Business Review

There’s No Silver Bullet for Cybersecurity



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April 23, 2023, The Hill

This banking crisis was preventable — and so is the next one



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April 3, 2023, The Hill

Artificial intelligence must be regulated. But by whom?



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March 17, 2023, The Hill

It took 40 years, but we got a new S&L crisis

It took 40 years, but we finally got a new S&L crisis | The Hill



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March 11, 2023, The Hill

We should be thanking Sam Bankman-Fried



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        March 5, 2023, Merion West

Who Will Fix a Broken Internet Landscape Before It Is Too Late?



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February 23, 2022, Democracy Paradox

The Price of Financial Stability in a Digital Economy

The Price of Financial Stability



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February 10, 2023, Wall Street Journal

Biden Plays the Junk Card



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February 1, 2023, Cyber Defense Magazine

Time to Build an Unhackable Internet



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January 9, 2023, The Hill

Death of the Crypto Formula



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December 12, 2022, Financial Times

FTX’s predictable failings show the need for crypto regulation



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October 7, 2022, The Hill

Rough economic waters ahead: Will we choose wisely?



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September 24, 2022, Kiplinger

Cryptocurrency: Stay In? Get Out? How to Decide?



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September 13, 2022, The Hill

Biden’s college loan forgiveness misses the point



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September 2, 2022, The Hill

With former FDIC Chairman William M. Isaac

Biden’s student loan bailout and the death of skin in the game



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August 19, 2022, The Hill

What’s our plan to stop China’s acquisition of America?



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July 21, 2022, The Hill

Blinded by the light: 7 red flags about cryptocurrencies we completely missed



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July 1, 2022, The Hill

With former SIPC President & CEO Stephen P. Harbeck

This crypto winter is warm compared to the next one



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June 30, 2022, The Business Observer

With former FDIC Chairman William M. Isaac

Time to get smart about financial technology – and how to regulate the $10T industry



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June 16, 2022, The Hill

With former Chairman of the FDIC William M. Isaac

Ten economic warning signs policymakers ignored



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May 13, 2022, The Hill

Is crypto too cool to question?



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April 6, 2022,  American Banker

"What the president’s crypto order should have said"



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March 21, 2022, The Hill

With former FDIC Chairman William M. Isaac

From economic sleight of hand to stark reality



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March 10, 2022, The Hill

Strong banks are essential to national security



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(A complete list is at www.thomasvartanian.com)


May 4, 2023

GMU Center for Assurance Research & Engineering, GMU School of Business, and the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center

Emerging Threats to the Financial Services Industry


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May 1, 2023, BBC Radio

The First Republic Failure – What is Happening in the U.S. Banking Crisis?


(4:40 – 11:17)


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March 29, 2023

American Enterprise Institute

The Unhackable Internet

Rebuilding Cyberspace to Prevent Financial Collapse: A Book Event



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March 3, 2023

Homeland Security Today



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December 30, 2022

Thomas P. Vartanian was interviewed regarding Crypto and the FTX Collapse on

BBC World Business Report Radio

https://podcasts.apple.com/lt/podcast/the-future-of-crypto/id292651411?i=1000591733229 and



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November 16, 2022

Fox Business News Tonight

FTX and The Need to Regulate Crypto



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August 4, 2022

Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian spoke on

"The Dark Side of Fintech - Dark Data & Cybersecurity"

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Sixth Annual Fintech Conference -



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July 5, 2022

Thomas P. Vartanian appeared on the Cash Flow Academy podcast - "The Next Financial Bust"



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May 19, 2022


Thomas P. Vartanian signed his book

200 Years of American Financial Panics: Crashes, Recessions, Depressions And The Technology That Will Change It All

at the Sarasota1Bookstore

2022 Local Author Book Fair | Bookstore1Sarasota (sarasotabooks.com)


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May 17, 2022, American Enterprise Institute

Executive Director Thomas P, Vartanian spoke

A Conversation with Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY): Regulation and the Future of Crypto Assets



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May 17, 2022, The Federalist Society

Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian spoke

The Government's Arm Around Cryptocurrency: Hug or Stranglehold



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April 1, 2022





The University of North Carolina School of Law's Center for Banking and Finance

Banking Institute


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