Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with the fastest, most comprehensive coverage of threatening activity on the internet. He has worked extensively with authorities to track and analyze terrorist groups. Mr. Lefkowitz also served as a consultant to the FBI’s senior management team and worked for a top tier, global investment bank. Mr. Lefkowitz holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Williams College.
Evan Kohlmann
Chief Innovation Officer
Evan Kohlmann focuses on product innovation at Flashpoint where he leverages fifteen years’ experience tracking Al-Qaida, ISIS, and other terrorist groups. He has consulted for the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Justice, the Australian Federal Police, and Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, among others. Mr. Kohlmann holds a JD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School and a BSFS in International Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown Univ.
Josh Devon
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Product Officer
Josh Devon focuses on product vision and strategy at Flashpoint while ensuring the company’s departments function synergistically during its rapid growth. He also works to ensure that customers receive best in class products, services, and support. Previously, Mr. Devon co-founded the SITE Intelligence Group where he served as Assistant Director. He holds an MA from SAIS at Johns Hopkins Univ. At the Univ. of Pennsylvania, he received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Camacho
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Camacho leads the company’s global sales team, which includes solution architecture, business development, strategic integrations, partnerships, and revenue operations; he is also the architect of Flashpoint’s FPCollab sharing community. With over 15 years of cybersecurity leadership experience, he has spearheaded initiatives across Operational Strategy, Incident Response, Threat Management, and Security Operations to ensure cyber risk postures align with business goals. Most recently as a Senior Vice President of Information Security at Bank of America, Mr. Camacho was responsible for overseeing the Threat Management Program. An entrepreneur, Mr. Camacho also serves as CEO for NinjaJobs: a career-matching community for elite cybersecurity talent. He has a BS in Decision Sciences & Management of Information Systems from George Mason University.
Lisa Iadanza
Chief People Officer
Lisa M. Iadanza leads all functional areas of People Operations at Flashpoint, including human resources, talent acquisition & management, employee engagement, and developing high performance teams. In addition to collaborating with the executive team to drive strategic growth, she plays an integral role in fostering Flashpoint’s culture and mission. Driven by her passions for mentorship, employee advocacy, and talent development, Ms. Iadanza has more than twenty years of experience in building, scaling, and leading human resources functions. Prior to Flashpoint, she held leadership roles at Conde Nast, Terra Technology, and FreeWheel. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds a bachelor’s degree in management with concentrations in human resources and marketing from State University of New York at Binghamton.
Donald Saelinger
Donald Saelinger is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Flashpoint’s growth and scale. In this role, Donald leads a broad portfolio including Marketing, Customer Success, Revenue Operations, Legal and related functions, and is focused on helping the company execute on a go-to-market approach that maximizes value to our customers. Prior to Flashpoint, Donald served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Endgame, Inc., an endpoint detection and response company acquired by Elastic N.V. in 2019, and where he led a range of teams focused on growth, scale, and legal and compliance matters. Donald also previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Opower, Inc. (NYSE: OPWR), a global provider of SaaS solutions to electric and gas utilities that was acquired by Oracle, Inc. in 2016. Donald graduated from Columbia University in 2000 and received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006.
Rob Reznick
SVP Finance and Corporate Development
Rob Reznick leads the finance, accounting, and corporate development teams at Flashpoint. Rob previously served as Director of Finance & Accounting for 1010data (acquired by Advance/Newhouse), and Director of Finance for Financial Guard (acquired by Legg Mason) after prior work in forensic accounting and dispute consulting. Mr. Reznick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA and MAcc from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, and a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Tom Hofmann
SVP Intelligence
Tom Hofmann leads the intelligence directorate that is responsible for the collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of Deep and Dark Web data. He works closely with clients to prioritize their intelligence requirements and ensures internal Flashpoint operations are aligned to those needs. Mr. Hofmann has been at the forefront of cyber intelligence operations in the commercial, government, and military sectors, and is renowned for his ability to drive effective intelligence operations to support offensive and defensive network operations.
Jake Wells
SVP Solutions Architecture
Jake Wells leads strategic integrations and information sharing as part of the client engagement & development team, which serves as an internal advocate for our government and commercial clients to ensure Flashpoint’s intelligence solutions meet their evolving needs. He leverages a decade of experience running cyber and counterterrorism investigations, most recently with the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, to maximize the value customers generate from our products and services. Mr. Wells holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Emory University.
Brian Brown
SVP Strategy and Business Development
Brian Brown is responsible for the overall direction of strategic sales and development supporting Flashpoint’s largest clients. In his role, Mr. Brown focuses on designing and executing growth-oriented sales penetration strategies across multiple vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial, supporting Flashpoint’s Sales and Business Development Teams. An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Brown also serves as CSO for NinjaJobs, a private community created to match elite cybersecurity talent with top tier global jobs and also advise growth-stage cybersecurity companies.
Justin Rogers
VP Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Revenue Operations team at Flashpoint, aligning sales, marketing, partnerships, customer success, and finance across vision, planning, process, and goals. He leverages over 15 years of experience in security, strategy, product design, and implementation to drive growth, provide an end-to-end view of the customer journey, and a seamless customer experience. Recently, Justin led Marketing for Centripetal, bringing the first Threat Intelligence Gateway to market. Previously, he managed operations of a Counter IED lab electronics forensics division while forward deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Justin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Peter Partyka
VP Engineering
Peter Partyka leads Flashpoint’s engineering teams. Peter previously worked in the quantitative hedge fund space in New York City, implementing security and administrative solutions around proprietary trading platforms, high-availability cloud deployments, and hardening of applications and infrastructure. Peter leverages more than 16 years of experience in technology specializing in application security, red-teaming, penetration testing, exploit development, as well as blue-teaming. Peter has a long track record of managing tech teams and implementing engineering security best practices. Recently Peter led Flashpoint toward GDPR and CCPA compliance and has been a key architect of Flashpoint’s robust compliance programs. Peter has taught advanced cybersecurity courses at New York University and consulted at various tech startups during his career.
Paul Farley
Paul Farley is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of Flashpoint's international business, including Australia, Japan, and Singapore. In his role at Flashpoint, Paul is executing growth-oriented sales strategies across multiple countries and vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial. Paul has extensive experience leading regional sales for both pre-IPO growth businesses and large organizations such as RSA, EMC and DELL.
Steven Cooperman
VP Public Sector Sales
Steven Cooperman is responsible for Flashpoint’s strategy and sales growth of its public sector business. He also supports the development of a robust partner ecosystem for public sector business to deliver value added offerings and innovation focused to the mission of government. Steven has an established and diverse career in the Public Sector, holding leadership positions at a number of successful enterprise software companies and Federal System Integrators, including ServiceNow, HP, Oracle and Northrop Grumman. He holds an MA in Analytic Geography from the State University of New York - Binghamton, and received his BS in Geology from the State University - Oneonta.
Matthew Howell
VP Product
Matthew Howell leads the Product Management and Product Marketing teams for Flashpoint. He is responsible for developing a strong team that drives product adoption and user engagement through outcome based prioritization, continuous process improvement, and metrics driven development. Matthew brings a passion for diverse ideas, experience launching B2B SaaS products, building integration ecosystems, supporting five 9s SLAs, and leading distributed teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Virginia
Glenn Lemons
Executive Director Strategic Accounts Engagement
Glenn Lemons is Executive Director, Strategic Accounts Engagement at Flashpoint. He previously served as the acting Director of Citigroup's Cyber Intelligence Center where he was responsible for analyzing and reacting to intelligence from a variety of threats. These threats ranged from fraudulent activity and attempting to defraud Citi's clients to supporting security operations for the firm's worldwide network presence. He has extensive experience working with multiple clients across the financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, and public sectors. Glenn also has more than 26 years of intelligence experience within the operational and support communities in the U.S. military and federal civilian service; seven of which focused on both defensive and offensive cyber operations. While working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, he testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional committees and member requested open and closed sessions.
Steve Leightell
Steve started his career in Internet sales in the early 1990s and was always a top sales rep before transitioning to business development. By the early 2000s, he was the Director of Business Development at DWL, where he managed a team that built partnerships with Accenture, Oracle, Tata Consulting, Wipro, Cognizant and IBM. Steve designed the channel and strategy that ultimately culminated in the acquisition of DWL by IBM in 2005. He went on to lead a global team within IBM that was responsible for major system integrator partnerships. In 2008, he left IBM to found a niche consulting firm focused on business development for SaaS organizations. Steve holds a BA in anthropology and sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Ellie Wheeler
Ellie Wheeler is a Partner at Greycroft and is based in the firm’s New York office. Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital. Ellie also worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the unified communications, enterprise software, mobile, and video sectors. While at Cisco, she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston. Ellie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Glenn McGonnigle
Glenn McGonnigle is a General Partner at TechOperators. Prior to launching TechOperators in 2008, Glenn was CEO of VistaScape Security Systems, a venture-backed provider of enterprise intelligent video surveillance software. He lead the company through its successful sale to Siemens Building Technologies. Previously, Glenn was a co-founder and senior executive of Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems (ISS) where he helped raise initial venture capital and launch the business. For 7 years, he led the business development team in developing sales channels and entering the managed security services market. During his tenure, the company grew from startup to revenues of over $225 million and was later acquired by IBM for $1.3 billion.
Brendan Hannigan
Brendan joined Polaris Partners in 2016 as an entrepreneur partner. In this role, he focuses on funding and founding companies in the technology sector with a concentration in cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity. Brendan is a co-founder of Sonrai Security and chairman of Twistlock, both Polaris investments. He also currently serves on the board of Bitsight Technologies and Flashpoint. A 25 year technology industry veteran, Brendan was most recently the general manager of IBM Security. Under Brendan’s leadership, IBM Security grew significantly faster than the overall security market to become the number one enterprise security provider in the world with almost $2B of annual revenue.
Matt Devost
Currently, Devost serves as CEO & Co-Founder of OODA LLC as well as a review board member for Black Hat. In 2010, he co-founded the cybersecurity consultancy FusionX LLC which was acquired by Accenture in August 2015, where he went on to lead Accenture's Global Cyber Defense practice. Devost also founded the Terrorism Research Center in 1996 where he served as President and CEO until November 2008 and held founding or leadership roles at iDefense, iSIGHT Partners, Total Intel, SDI, Tulco Holdings, and Technical Defense.

4 Ways Financial Institutions Make the Most of Cyber Threat Intelligence

May 20, 2021

Financial Institutions Are Bombarded by Cyber Threats Today

If you’re in banking, insurance, or another financial sector, then it won’t come as a shock to hear that the range and severity of threats you face are some of the worst of any industry. In fact, financial institutions were the most attacked sector in 2020 based on the data breaches Flashpoint observed on cybercriminal forums, accounting for nearly one-fifth (19%) of all observed breaches.

Converging business and technology trends are also upending how FIs approach the way they protect their organizations today. For Koral Anderson, former Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Deutsche Bank, one of the biggest issues facing her team is “…the evolution of credit card theft and retail account takeover (ATO) into wholesale financial attacks.” Anderson added that threat actors “attacking business processes from the inside” and targeting the bank’s clients are two other mounting threat vectors for the security team and the global financial institution they’re tasked with protecting. 

Four ways banking and financial institutions make the most of cyber threat intelligence CTI

Four Practical Ways Financial Institutions Make the Most of CTI

For security and fraud teams to leverage CTI effectively, they must first advance their understanding of what it does and move past outdated notions of CTI as a generic security or threat “feed.” Cyber threat intelligence today offers far more to teams than a passive source of information, and is leveraged most effectively when teams implement CTI with specific, concrete objectives in mind. For guidance on designing your program’s CTI initiatives and tracking its performance through tangible metrics, read: 3 Threat Intelligence KPIs to Win Your ROI Business Case

Below, we highlight four of the most valuable ways FIs can apply cyber threat intelligence. The key element for each of these is in designing the CTI objective up front, building on the existing operational structure and outcomes where possible.

1) Supercharge Security Operations and Analytics

Even small and mid-sized financial institutions face an onslaught of cyberattacks that could rival any other Fortune 500 organization. As a result, SOC analysts and incident response (IR) teams are drowning in this sea of noise generated by all of the inbound alerts and incidents they need to triage. 

Equipped with cyber threat intelligence, analysts can sift through the false-positives and false-negatives more efficiently, prioritizing event severity more accurately through the additional threat context CTI provides. Clear understanding of threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) makes it easier to assess event relevance and its potential impact, while easy API integrations with indicators of compromise (IOC) and common vulnerability and exposure (CVE) enrichments ensure full 360-degree visibility is available directly in the SIEM, SOAR, TIP, vulnerability management, or other tool of your choosing.

2) Detect and Mitigate External Threats Faster

Increasingly, many of the threats targeting banking, insurance, and other financial institutions today can be discovered and neutralized more quickly when first detected externally online. Through continuous and tailored monitoring, you automate the detection of new external threats and exposures that put your data, assets, and people at risk.

With cyber threat intelligence, financial institutions receive immediate notifications and can take rapid action to mitigate any external threat, including:

  • Typosquatting and phishing sites. Track the near infinite permutations of your domain and brand names. Then whenever a new or previously benign domain activates into a malicious phishing site, you can execute rapid takedowns through one-click platform requesting.
  • Compromised credentials. Monitor your organization’s exposure to all of the massive historical and new breaches that expose your employees’ and your customers’ sensitive data and login credentials online, which leaves them vulnerable to attacks like account takeovers (ATOs).
  • Insider threats. Where do insiders go with their valuable stolen information? Online and on deep and dark web communities, well-outside the purview of the organization. Leverage CTI to identify cybercriminal recruitment efforts seeking out insider accomplices and monitor for active insiders as they attempt to sell your sensitive and strategic data to the highest bidder.
  • Third-party risk. Due to breaches like SolarWinds and Accellion, thousands of organizations were left exposed in recent months as vulnerabilities were discovered in the third-party applications and services they were using. With CTI in hand, security teams can monitor for emerging vulnerabilities and conduct threat assessments to perform due diligence and more actively track third-party vendor and supply chain risks.

3) Mitigate Payment and Credit Card Fraud

On average, financial institutions suffer an estimated $300 loss, per stolen credit card. These losses add up quickly when you account for the near 45% hike in reported losses from card fraud, comparing 2019 to 2020 (271,927 vs. 393,207) based on research from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The Flashpoint Payment and Credit Card Fraud Dashboard

To combat escalating payment and credit card fraud threats, financial institutions can leverage the only unified card fraud dashboard and analytics on the market. Fraud teams gain access to all of Flashpoint’s compromised card datasets with integrated reporting and features like benchmarking metrics, centralized BIN management, and flexible tagging for efficient reviewing and triage.

4) Prepare Your Ransomware Response

Ransomware attacks continue to plague organizations of all sizes and industries. Just recently, the ransomware group “DarkSide” compromised Colonial Pipeline, taking its systems offline for close to a week and, as a result, disrupted the gas supply for over 5,500 miles of the US southeastern corridor. Far from its only ransomware victim, DarkSide’s targets are more commonly in financial services and technology sectors. As high-profile ransomware attacks continue to make headlines, it’s important to note that these events are only a small portion of the total number of incidents when accounting for the many other ransomware attacks that get kept private.

Irrespective of how secure you believe your financial institution to be, it’s wise to plan for crises scenarios. Prepare and test your ransomware response plan should the unthinkable happen with a ransomware attack or a different variation of cyber extortion strike your organization. When assessing your response readiness, make sure to evaluate your ability to acquire necessary cryptocurrency funds, to perform secure and safe transactions, and to adequately assess the threat actor’s motives and likelihood to follow through on its ransom threat should choose not to negotiate.

Bonus: Collaborate with Financial Institutions in a Trusted Peer Community

Now more than ever, financial institutions need ways to collaborate with industry peers and share threat information in quick, safe, and reliable formats. Especially during fast-developing incidents, rapid insights and contextualized attribution is crucial to properly assess your risk exposure and determine appropriate next steps. Through both information sharing and analysis industry groups, like FS-ISAC, and more actively curated sharing channels, like Flashpoint’s information-sharing group “FPCollab”, these active forms of strategic and tactical collaboration are absolutely and increasingly essential.

Turn Insight into Action with Flashpoint

Sign up for your demo now! See firsthand the many ways Flashpoint helps banking, insurance, and other financial institutions stay protected and can equip you with the actionable threat intelligence you need to identify and respond to brand, fraud, and cyber threats wherever they reside.

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