When it comes to Digital Securities, we need to talk about blockchain, a distributed ledger technology that has revolutionized the way records and information are stored. Rather than data being stored in a central database, blockchain technology works because the data is continually appended and verified by many participants. This gives blockchain strength and security because it makes it significantly more challenging for hackers to manipulate records. If one copy were to be changed, it would immediately be recognized as invalid by the other participants on the blockchain.
This is the technology that powers emerging financial technologies. Bitcoin is perhaps one of the most recognizable forms of blockchain technology today, with over 46 million Americans owning some of the cryptocurrency. This same technology is being applied to securities to improve upon the ways traditional securities have been managed.