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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.
Jennifer Leggio
Chief Marketing Officer
Jennifer Leggio is responsible for Flashpoint’s marketing, customer acquisition, and operations. Ms. Leggio has more than 20 years of experience driving marketing, communications and go-to-market strategies in the cybersecurity industry. She’s previously held senior leadership roles at Digital Shadows, Cisco, Sourcefire, and Fortinet. She’s been a contributor to Forbes and ZDNet, and has spoken on the importance of coordinated disclosure at DEF CON and Hack in the Box, and on threat actor “publicity” trends at RSA Conference, Gartner Security Summit, and SXSW Interactive.
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.
Lance James
Chief Scientist / VP Engineering
Lance James is responsible for leading Flashpoint’s technology development. Prior to joining Flashpoint in 2015, he was the Head of Cyber Intelligence at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. James has been an active member of the security community for over 20 years and enjoys working creatively together with technology teams to design and develop impactful solutions that disrupt online threats.
Brian Costello
SVP Global Partnerships and U.S. Public Sector
Brian Costello, a 20-year information technology and security solutions veteran, is responsible for leading the Global Sales, Solution Architecture, and Professional Services teams at Flashpoint. Throughout his career, Brian has successfully built security and cloud teams that have provided customers with innovative technology solutions, exceeded targets and consistently grown business year over year. Prior to Flashpoint, Brian led a global security and cloud vertical practice for Verizon. Brian also held senior leadership roles at Invincea, Risk Analytics and Cybertrust. Brian received his B.A. from George Mason University.
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.
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Business Risk Intelligence for Executive Protection

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October 31, 2017

Many of the risks facing today’s organizations have given rise to a crucial consideration across all sectors: just because a threat originates on the Internet does not mean its scope of influence will remain restricted to the cyber domain. In response, more organizations are turning to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) to address not just cyber threats but also a broad spectrum of physical threats — particularly those pertaining to physical security and, more specifically, executive protection.

Although these types of threats can take various forms and pose dangers of varying levels, addressing them effectively requires insight into the Deep & Dark Web communities where physical adversaries congregate and develop their schemes. BRI provides this insight, thereby enabling organizations to address a broad spectrum of physical threats, some of which include: 

• Targeting of mobile devices. The mobile devices that enable most executives to stay connected and store sensitive data are desirable targets for threat actors. Financially-motivated actors have been known to target seemingly high-value mobile devices by either physical theft or cyber compromise to access the device owner’s personal financial information and critical business data. In many cases, threat actors will sell corporate data and trade secrets to competitors or even nation states seeking a larger market share or a favored economic or political advantage. For executives, the compromise of such information can lead to damaged personal and brand reputation, loss of competitive advantage, threats to physical safety posed by disgruntled stakeholders, or worse.

• Terrorism. The threat of terrorism requires significant consideration for executives with plans to travel abroad and/or attend high-profile public events. One recent example pertains to threats surrounding the 2016 Rio Olympics, when terrorist groups such as ISIS took to numerous cyber outlets ranging from private Deep & Dark Web forums and the encrypted social media app Telegram to Twitter to publicize their intentions of launching terror attacks in Brazil during the games. While such threats fortunately never materialized, they serve to illustrate how terrorists’ use of technology and operations on the Internet can lead to threats endangering physical safety.

• Large-scale cyber attacks. It should come as no surprise that cyber attacks including ransomware, DDoS, or large-scale fraud schemes can wreak havoc on a brand’s reputation, which in turn can cause harm to sales, stakeholders to become disgruntled, and high-profile executives to become the targets of unwanted attention, ridicule, and threats. While cybersecurity and IT teams may bear the bulk of the responsibility in preventing such attacks from occurring, prevention may not always possible. As such, if a large-scale cyber attack or breach becomes public knowledge, the entire organization — especially key executives — may face an increased risk to their business functions.

The three threats above are best addressed and mitigated by analyzing and applying intelligence in a manner that fosters collaboration across the enterprise — such as that which BRI facilitates. Executive protection teams that do not employ such a strategy, however, may be unknowingly less prepared for and informed of relevant threats.

To further illustrate my point, let’s look at some common differences between public- and private-sector executive protection programs.

While those in the public-sector are often lauded for their comprehensive efficacy, efficiency, and precision, many private-sector programs tend to lag. One reason for this discrepancy is that most public-sector programs receive support from and collaborate with public-sector intelligence agencies, which provide them with a more comprehensive picture into all relevant threats — cyber or physical — that could potentially endanger an executive or agency. However, many private-sector programs are rarely afforded such visibility due to a lack of information-sharing between executive protection and other business functions. Since cybersecurity and IT are often the only private-sector business functions with any sort of visibility into the Deep & Dark Web, if these teams receive no direction or reason to seek out threats originating on the internet that could potentially impact an executive’s security, they are unlikely to do so.

As a hypothetical example, let’s say that the CEO of a Fortune 100 retailer will travel abroad to Asia to represent her company at a high-profile public event. In preparation for her trip, her executive protection team has conducted extensive research into the safety of the surrounding area, mapped out emergency evacuation routes, and constructed a well-equipped team of physical security professionals ready to protect her.

Meanwhile, a cyber intelligence analyst on the company’s cybersecurity team has been tasked with researching an English-speaking hacktivist group that has recently defaced a series of websites linked to leading North American retailers. While monitoring a Deep Web forum known to be frequented by hacktivists, the analyst notices that a well-known member of an international hacktivist group has authored several posts about plans to launch a cyber attack in an effort to shut down the power supply of an upcoming high-profile public event in Asia. Indeed, such intelligence could absolutely be of high interest to the CEO’s executive protection team to understand the CEO’s risk profile better.

But, since the cyber intelligence analyst was unaware of the CEO’s upcoming trip, he did not consider the information relevant to the executive protection team or any other business function at his organization for that matter. Evidently, despite the executive protection team’s exhaustive research and preparation to ensure the CEO’s safety during her upcoming trip, lack of visibility into the threats emerging from the Deep & Dark Web means that the team was not as prepared as they could have been.

In today’s day and age of unprecedented technological advancements and threat actors capable of evading even the most robust security measures, many organizations are not fully aware of all ways in which they are vulnerable to the risks presented by increasingly-advanced cyber and physical threats. This lack of awareness can be especially detrimental to executive protection teams because failing to acknowledge relevant threats means that the team cannot accurately assess and address the executive’s overall risk.

As such, BRI has become a must-have for executive protection and physical security teams. Not only can BRI equip these teams with visibility into relevant cyber and physical threats, it facilitates open collaboration and information sharing that can enable all business functions across all sectors to gain a decision advantage over cyber and physical adversaries.

To learn more about how BRI can enhance physical security and executive protection efforts, download our use cases here.

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