Singapore-based Amber Group, a leading digital asset service provider in crypto-related infrastructure, products and trading, has announced a partnership with global technology consultancy Thoughtworks.
The strategic partnership has been formed between the two entities in an effort to develop innovative security solutions that can enhance transparency and trust in Web3. It’s envisaged that in meeting this objective, product development will rely heavily on artificial intelligence-based technology.
In a press release on Wednesday, Amber Group’s Head of Web3 Security, Dr. Chiachih Wu, said that the partnership allows the firm to provide its clients with “even more comprehensive and cutting-edge security solutions, such as automated software testing and AI-powered vulnerability detection.”
Song Zhang, Global Service Lines Lead at Thoughtworks believes that in order to advance the development of a next-gen internet, Web3 has to use “sophisticated engineering practices and scientific methods to address crucial issues caused by decentralization.” Zhang cites issues such as compliance, privacy and security. He believes that through the collaboration both firms can contribute to leverage their respective software design and security expertise, and in that way, tackle these challenges.
“By using new technology and tools, we aim to create applications and new standards that promote the construction of a healthy, transparent, open, inclusive and responsible Web3 ecosystem,” he stated.
This is not the first strategic departure Amber Group has taken recently. Earlier this month the Singapore-based firm was said to be mulling over the sale of its Japanese crypto lending subsidiary. It’s understood that the proposed move would help the company to streamline its operations and focus on its core markets.
Launched in 2018 as a joint venture with Japanese financial services conglomerate SBI Group, the Amber Japan crypto lending business had failed to gain traction in a difficult Japanese market.
The firm acts as a liquidity provider, miner and validator on over 70 digital asset exchanges, applications and networks. Earlier this year it took the decision to cut headcount, in the process reducing staffing at its Hong Kong office by 40. Last December the firm shuttered WhaleFin, its crypto exchange business.
The collapse of crypto exchange FTX in November 2022 had a knock-on effect on some of the firm’s products and customers. 10% of its trading capital was held with FTX when the exchange collapsed. Additionally, a number of the firm’s products would have experienced significant drawdowns without the company taking action. In response, Amber raised $300 million in a Series C funding round to overcome that challenge.
Those events are likely to have been key in terms of the company subsequently taking a strategic approach of focusing on core business operations and partnerships like this one that it has just announced with Thoughtworks. Undeterred by the challenges, the company still focuses on becoming a category leader in the industry.
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