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Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). 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 / VP Product
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 Strategy Officer
Chris Camacho leads the company’s sales and client engagement & development teams, which also includes customer success, solution architecture, business development, strategic integrations, and the 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.
Rob Reznick
VP of 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
VP 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
VP, Client Engagement & Development and Solution 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
VP 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 marketing, sales, partnerships, and customer success 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.
Glenn Lemons
Executive Director of Customer Success
Glenn Lemons is a Executive Director of Customer Success 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.
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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.
Peter George
Peter George has an established track record of building companies that deliver sustained growth and profits and in identifying critical worldwide partnership opportunities that strategically expand market share. Prior to becoming President and CEO of Fidelis Security Systems in 2008, Mr. George spent the last seven years as President and CEO of Crossbeam Systems, the market leader in the high-end segment of the Unified Threat Management market, where he took the company from being a pre-revenue start-up to over $50 million in revenue. Previously, he was President of Nortel Networks Enterprise Business in Europe, Middle-East, and Africa, responsible for managing more than 5,000 employees and $2 billion in revenue. Mr. George came to Nortel via their 1998 acquisition of Bay Networks where he was serving as vice president of European operations. During his tenure at Wellfleet and Bay, he played key sales executive roles in New England and in Europe. Prior to joining Wellfleet, Mr. George served as the Northeast regional manager and GM of Canada at 3Com Corporation, and also held senior management positions at Ungerman Bass. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross, and has done graduate studies at Harvard and Oxford University.
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.

BRI: 12 Essential Blogs from 2019

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December 17, 2019

As avid advocates, practitioners, and all-around champions of Business Risk Intelligence (BRI), we at Flashpoint know education and awareness are fundamental as we continue to work toward our vision of a safe and secure world one step ahead of threat and risk.

So, amid our tireless efforts to produce actionable reporting and analysis, support customers’ efforts to build or expand their intelligence functions, and bring innovative new product updates and integrations to fruition, the thought leaders within our team have made considerable headway exploring the many facets of BRI.

As the year draws to a close and Flashpoint prepares to enter its second decade, we found it an apt time to share this retrospective highlighting 12 essential blog posts from 2019, with a focus on leveraging BRI to remain nimble and adept while navigating a threat landscape that continues to evolve:

Lesson 1: Data is Not Intelligence

“Data on its own, however, isn’t of much value to an enterprise security decision maker without some threads of context sewing it together to find a solution to a problem,” writes Mike Mimoso in this deep dive on the often-underappreciated distinction between raw data and actionable intelligence.

What is Business Risk?

Business risk is foundational to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI), but it’s also commonly misunderstood because its scope extends far beyond that of a traditional security function. In this blog, Josh Lefkowitz offers an overview of financial, compliance, strategic, reputational, and operational risk, along with an exemplary walkthrough of how to assess each category of risk in a hypothetical scenario.

You Have BRI Questions? We Have Answers

Over the past several years, Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) has grown from a little-known acronym into a widely adopted approach for defenders across all industries. In this blog, Chris Camacho shares some of the most common questions that come up when working with defenders.

Third-Party Risks to Consider—and Manage

“As we’ve seen with numerous breaches where attackers were able to leverage a weakness in a contractor or service provider, third-party risk must be assessed and mitigated,” writes Josh Lefkowitz. In this blog, he shares essential tips to help security decision makers more effectively address the risks posed by relationships with technology vendors.

The Insider Threat Intelligence Cycle

Eric Lackey provides a step-by-step example of how the intelligence cycle can serve as a framework to help teams more effectively investigate, and mitigate insider threats by identifying knowledge gaps, collecting and analyzing information to address those gaps, and leveraging their findings to inform a course of action.

Things to Know Before Developing Intelligence Requirements

Proper intelligence requirements must be in place before data collection, analysis, and consumption of intel can happen. In this blog, Mike Mimoso shares advice on setting appropriate requirements tailored to your team’s needs and challenges.

Finished Intelligence: A Cornerstone for Effective Decision-Making

Producing timely, relevant, and actionable intelligence at scale is integral to the success of an intelligence program, but it simply isn’t feasible for many organizations due to the extensive resources, bandwidth, and subject-matter expertise it requires. In this blog, Matthew Howell explains how the finished intelligence component of BRI addresses this capabilities gap, empowering teams with actionable insight into the threats that matter most.

The Deep Implications of Dark Web Takedowns

Ian Gray explores the complex impact of planned shutdowns, exit scams, law enforcement takedowns, extortion attempts, and distributed denial-of-service attacks affecting underground communities. Such takedowns and disruptions have had a decentralizing effect on cybercriminal activity, driving a shift among some threat actors to encrypted chat platforms.

Access to Chat Services Data Imperative to Lowering Risk

“As the reach of law enforcement and researchers within markets and forums expands, threat actors are finding somewhat of a safe haven within the encrypted channels of modern chat services platforms,” writes Mike Mimoso in this deep dive into why defenders need visibility into this booming frontier of cybercrime.

What Fraud Teams Need to Know About Joker’s Stash

Ian Gray and Max Aliapoulios explain how insight into Joker’s Stash—the most notorious card shop on the cybercrime underground—can enable cyber threat intelligence and fraud teams to quickly identify and mitigate potential exposures.

Targeted Ransomware Has Changed the Face of Incident Response

Traditional incident response is a predetermined path for addressing and managing a network breach or incident, with the aim of keeping damage and expenses in check, and reducing recovery time. In this blog, Christopher “Tophs” Elisan explains why this approach is insufficient for dealing with increasingly targeted ransomware attacks.

Flashpoint’s Hunt Team: Shedding Light on the Cutting Edge of Cybercrime

Flashpoint’s Global Intelligence Team has a dedicated unit known as the Hunt Team that specializes in tracking down the newest threats emerging from illicit communities, enabling customers to be proactive about managing risk. In this blog, Christopher “Tophs” Elisan explores how his team helps customers address emerging cyber threats, threat-actor movement, and evolving tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

To learn more about how Business Risk Intelligence empowers organizations across all industries to effectively mitigate risk and take action against the threats that matter most, request a Flashpoint demo.

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