ConsenSys Codefi, Armor to Make DeFi Safer with Improved Risk Scoring, Safety DAO Plans

Today, ConsenSys Codefi, and Armor announced they are updating Codefi’s DeFi Score rating in an effort to invite the community to help build the future of DeFi safety. The move is the first step in a larger initiative to create a collaborative DeFi Defense DAO to increase safety and transparency for DeFi through a community-driven product risk history and scoring resource.

Review the DeFi Defense resources here and join the DeFi Defense DAO Telegram group.

“As crypto and DeFi go increasingly mainstream, we are proud to be building an imperative safety standard with Armor to give users everywhere better risk assessment tools to make smarter decisions with their tokens.” said Corbin Page, head of product at ConsenSys’ Codefi.

DeFi is currently a risky landscape: protocols range from fly-by-night scam operations to serious ones without much distinction, hacks have been a regular occurrence, users have lost funds, and objective information about DeFi protocols is hard to uncover across platforms. An improved risk framework and more easily accessible, objective protocol information will help investors everywhere more easily navigate safer investments.

“Formalizing DeFi risk assessment and making risk factors transparent is a major step forward for DeFi users. DeFi today is a wild west where the users pay the price in hacks and scams; quantifying the value of good security practices will encourage projects to reflect on whether they’re doing all they can to protect their users.” said Mitchell Amador, CEO at Immunefi.

Protocols and smart contracts containing large amounts of valuable assets are routinely targeted and face the following risks:

  • Smart contract risks around technical bugs that can expose funds to hackers
  • Centralization risks where admin keys or oracles may be misused for exploits 
  • Financial risks of under-collateralization causing insolvency, or low liquidity locking funds 

Said Jack Clancy, engineer at ConsenSys, “Not only will these risk assessment tools help the average crypto participant make more intelligent decisions, it also incentivizes individual projects to boost their overall security and trustworthiness.” 

To further involve the community, the teams plan to form a DAO and draft a set of Gitcoin bounties for community feedback to build on the risk score with goals for improvements like:

  • Aggregating data points for each risk factor from existing reputable and reliable sources (automatically or crowd sourced)
  • Validating or invalidating the source of the data
  • Automating or implementing a trigger-based process from validating and updating data
  • Adding/removing/hiding risk factor data points
  • Adding additional data sources and data categories
  • Generating an overall 0-10 score based on parameters set for each protocol
  • Displaying risk factor data and a score for each protocol into a simple, easy to understand user interface

This initiative will also use the new Coordinape tool built by the Yearn team which enables decentralized and transparent distribution of rewards autonomously allocated by the community of contributors doing the work. This will provide insights on what the community finds most valuable, and who the key contributors are in different areas. The aim is to make the experience of contributors more dynamic, rewarding, fair and transparent. 

“Helping harness community involvement in creating a better DeFi risk score assessment is something we’re honored to help steward in our focus on building an ecosystem of interoperable protocols and products to secure mass adoption of DeFi. Offering investors a risk scoring tool they can trust will empower new users to become a part of decentralized finance.” said Armor cofounder Azeem Ahmed.