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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 / 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 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 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
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 Marketing and Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Marketing and Revenue Operations teams 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Matthew G. Devost Joins Flashpoint Board of Directors

COVID-19 Key Developments: April 14-17

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April 21, 2020

Government Responses:
Some governments have begun releasing plans to relax lockdowns and work to return economies back to pre-pandemic conditions. Last week, Italy extended its nationwide closure of non-essential businesses to May 3, but are allowing some small or medium businesses to apply to either maintain operations or, if closed, partially reopen. As of this writing, over 100,000 businesses have reportedly petitioned under this guideline, which requires the business prove they are part of the supply chain for essential services.

On Wednesday, April 15, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans in the country to re-open schools and some businesses across the country over the next few weeks, declaring the pandemic under control in Germany. However, social distancing measures will remain in place nationwide until May 3, and mass gathering events will remain banned until the end of August 2020.

On Thursday, April 16, President Donald J. Trump released recommendations for a three-phase plan to slowly relax lockdown restrictions in states across the US. Under these guidelines, the federal government recommends states initiate the implementation of the first phase after the state has a fourteen day decrease in reported volume of cases. Additionally, North Korea state media continues to report no COVID-19 cases, crediting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s leadership.

US CARES Act Funding Distributed:
Federal stimulus checks under the US government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act began to be distributed on Monday, April 13 to individuals with direct deposit information on file with the IRS. However, there were reports of outage issues for the IRS site established to provide direct deposit information if they did not have it on file with the government. On Thursday, April 16, the US Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) reported that the $350 billion allotted under the CARES act for small business loans has already been exhausted. Congress reportedly is working on additional legislation to release more funds to small businesses in need of economic relief due to the pandemic.

Law Enforcement Actions:
On April 16, 2020 the Department of Justice announced it charged a former employee of a Georgia-based medical device company with conducting a computer intrusion of his former employer. Christopher Dobbins of Duluth, Georgia was terminated from the company in early March, 2020 and allegedly wrongfully used a fake account to conduct an intrusion of the company’s network in late March. Dobbins reportedly edited and deleted records that caused a major disruption to the delivery of medical supplies. According to the press release based on the FBI’s investigation, Dobbins had created a fake user profile while he was still employed by the company. Shortly after receiving his final paycheck, Dobbins allegedly used the fake user profile to login to the network and subsequently created an additional fake user profile. He then reportedly used the second profile to edit 115,581 records and delete approximately 2,371 records. He then deactivated both fake accounts and logged off of the system. His actions reportedly resulted in the delay of critical personal protective equipment needed by healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cybercrime and Coronavirus:
The coronavirus pandemic continues to be reflected in cybercriminal activities, as threat actors leverage the pandemic to carry out various online fraud schemes. As relief funds for individuals and businesses under the CARES Act begin to be distributed, Flashpoint is monitoring for relevant discussions by threat actors. This includes efforts by threat actors who are seeking to manipulate or fraudulently benefit from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), designed to benefit small businesses, and associated schemes which may impact individual stimulus payments.

Misinformation and disinformation trends: Misinformation and disinformation continues to spread on social media platforms and via chat services.

On April 16, 2020 Flashpoint published an analysis (on the Flashpoint Intelligence Platform) of disinformation campaigns emanating from Russia and China related to COVID-19, which found that while China seems to be conducting a coordinated state-backed disinformation campaign about the origins of COVID-19, the Russian government does not seem to be supporting such a campaign at this point. Nonetheless, disinformation emanating from Russia’s vast disinformation ecosystem that often functions without state interference, still represents a threat to public and private sector organizations. Narratives and major developments observed by Flashpoint analysts in the past week include:

  • Iranian influence operation exposed: According to a report by the social media analysis firm Graphika, Iranian actors have pushed memes and fabricated news stories aimed against the United States over the past six weeks. The stories supported the idea that COVID-19 was created in the United States and also attacked the Western media for their coverage of the pandemic. The campaign relied on Iranian state-backed actors, notably the International Union of Virtual Media (IUVM), and was coordinated across various social media platforms.
  • Influencers amplified conspiracy theories: Svetlana Alexievich, a Nobel-prize winning Belarusian author raised the possibility of the pandemic being the consequence of the rollout of 5G infrastructure in an interview with Radio Liberty. This debunked conspiracy theory has been one of the major disinformation narratives in recent weeks and has led to attacks on 5G infrastructure in various countries as well as the emergence of a new anti-vaxxer movement.
  • Accounts associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory promoted a video featuring Shiva Ayaddurai, a far-right congressional candidate who claimed that Dr. Anthony Fauci was associated with “the deep state.” The video has accumulated more than 6 million views

Attacks on public personalities based on disinformation narratives also continued:

  • Following Dr. Shiva’s videos that were promoted by QAnon-linked accounts and extremists, the #FireFauci hashtag was trending on social media.
  • Attacks on Bill Gates via social media and other platforms intensified following the spreading of a conspiracy theory claiming that by funding COVID-19 vaccine research he wants to execute population control. This week a coordinated brigading attack took place on Gates’s Instagram account and a Whitehouse[.]gov petition demanding investigation into his activities gained 145,000 signatures in just six days.

Disinformation about death figures is proliferating faster now that a dispute on easing lockdowns is taking center stage in politics. This includes memes about death figures being either overstated or too low when compared (misleadingly) to other causes of death. An article on the fake news site “American Thinker” claimed that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had admitted to lying about death figures. This week saw the reemergence of a debunked claim, according to which the fact that the number of cell phone users in China dropped by 21 million during the pandemic necessarily means that the death toll of COVID-19 was in the tens of millions.

A documentary by Epoch Times, a publication with a history of spreading misleading and fabricated information, makes the unsubstantiated claim that COVID-19 was created in a Chinese military lab. Some copies were removed from public media-sharing platforms, but the video, which accumulated millions of views, has continued to spread privately and on extremist platforms.


Disinformation about stimulus checks: 

As noted above, as American households are expecting stimulus checks distributed in the framework of the CARES act, disinformation and misinformation about the payments is increasingly present. A disinformation campaign on social media shared phone numbers with users with the promise of more information about the payouts but redirected them to a phone sex line. Another false narrative spreading on social media claimed that the stimulus check was an advance tax refund.

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