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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 / VP Operations
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 partners with Flashpoint’s executive team to develop, communicate, and execute strategic initiatives pertaining to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). 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.
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 Sales and Solution Architecture
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 Customer Success
Jake Wells leads the company’s customer success team, serving 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.
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Business Risk Profile: Anti-Money Laundering & Fraud Prevention

Blog
January 31, 2018

Anti-money laundering (AML) and fraud-prevention teams are often referred to as two sides of the same coin. AML teams trace the origin of funds passed through a business to ensure it is not unknowingly complicit in masking illegally earned money as legitimate. Fraud-prevention teams aim to prevent or reduce monetary losses caused by criminal acts of deception, such as identity theft and forgery. But despite the evident overlap and complementary nature of their roles, these two teams have traditionally operated separately and independently from one another.

Given the abundance of intelligence available to companies, however, it can be highly beneficial for AML and fraud-prevention teams to work together. A 2016 FinCen advisory affirms that collaboration and intelligence sharing can help these teams “conduct a more comprehensive threat assessment and develop appropriate risk management strategies to identify, report, and mitigate cyber-events and cyber-enabled crime.”

The following examples explain several key areas where collaboration and intelligence sharing can bolster AML and fraud prevention efforts:

The Abuse of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) 

In many cases where fraud is committed, money laundering is not far behind. Some criminals use stolen PII bought on the Deep & Dark Web (DDW) to create falsified financial accounts through which they can launder money without revealing their identities. AML and fraud-prevention teams that communicate and share information regarding these schemes not only keep stronger tabs on suspicious individuals and behaviors, they do so more efficiently.

For example, if a fraud-prevention team identifies a case of identity theft and suspects the adversary might also be involved in money laundering, they can quickly pass this intelligence to the AML team to evaluate suspicions, verify any red flags, and quickly apply mitigations. Considering that fraud and money laundering can lead to substantial consequences for any business, detecting and addressing these crimes in a timely manner is crucial. This is why ongoing communication and intelligence sharing can better equip AML and fraud-prevention teams to safeguard business interests and assets more effectively.

Terrorist Financing

Few crimes can lead to harsher consequences for a company than being linked to terrorist financing. Even if a company is inadvertently tied to a terrorist financing scheme, these situations can tarnish its public reputation, erode customer trust, and result in serious legal and regulatory repercussions.

Unfortunately, the ways in which terrorist organizations receive funding vary and are often difficult to detect proactively. In many cases, money-laundering tactics can enable these groups to finance their illicit activities without raising suspicion from law enforcement. Because individuals and organizations that knowingly engage in terrorist financing have been known to use stolen identities and fraudulently acquired funds to support terrorist groups, these crimes can fall within the jurisdictions of both AML and fraud prevention teams.

This is why, for example, the same intelligence that helps a fraud prevention team uncover a case of identity theft might also enable an AML team to identify an adversary involved in terrorist financing, and vice versa. One such example comes from an FBI report that details a case in which an Al-Qaida terrorist cell in Spain leveraged stolen identities to open fraudulent bank accounts that were then used to transfer funds in and out of the country.

Indeed, ongoing collaboration and intelligence sharing between AML and fraud-prevention teams can enhance their abilities to combat fraud and money laundering, all the while upholding the integrity and safety of the business and its stakeholders.

Criminal Awareness

A significant barrier to combating fraud and money laundering stems from criminals’ tendencies to quickly adapt their tactics to new countermeasures. Often, once criminals receive information about the latest AML and anti-fraud controls, they congregate and strategize to develop alternative ways of circumventing these controls.

This behavior doesn’t extend solely to fraudsters and money launderers; it persists throughout the criminal ecosystem. For example, following the sweeping implementation of robust security controls across the financial industry in recent years, some adversaries recognized they could more easily penetrate these institutions by soliciting the assistance of a rogue insider. So while the frequency of certain types of financial crimes may have dropped, insider threats have grown more prominent.

Since new countermeasures can impact the ways in which criminals commit crimes, it can be beneficial for AML and fraud-prevention teams to be aware of any security or policy changes that occur under one another’s jurisdiction. For instance, when more than 20 financial institutions reported suspicious behavior from “an internet-based company, its co-founders, and other collaborators,” it was discovered that they had conducted billions of dollars worth of “unregistered money-transmitting” via a number of different crimes including identity theft, narcotics trafficking, cyber-attacks and more. Teams stand a better chance of protecting themselves from these types of threats by collaborating and sharing intelligence.

Fraud and money laundering tend to be closely related and even concurrent in many cases, so any shift that occurs in the landscape of one threat has the potential to affect the other. This is why it’s so crucial for AML and fraud-prevention teams to collaborate on the threats and criminal tactics each team observes. By providing insight into emerging schemes and new tactics, sharing intelligence can prepare these two teams to better anticipate and mitigate impending threats.

To learn how Business Risk Intelligence helps companies combat money laundering and fraud, download our use cases: 

Business Risk Intelligence for Anti-Money Laundering

Business Risk Intelligence for Fraud Prevention

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Chris Camacho

Chief Strategy Officer

Chris Camacho partners with Flashpoint’s executive team to develop, communicate, and execute strategic initiatives. With over 15 years of cybersecurity leadership experience, he has led initiatives across Operational Strategy, Incident Response, Threat Management, and Security Operations to ensure cyber risk postures align with business goals. 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.

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