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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: March 21-27

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March 30, 2020

The spread of coronavirus continues to have a significant impact across the world. As a result, Flashpoint has developed an Analyst Knowledge Page around COVID-19 for our clients as a way to provide an overview of findings with the opportunity to dive deeper into the data. This blog addresses key findings from Flashpoint analyst observations from this Knowledge Page with regards to government response, disinformation trends, cybercrime and more. To reference our previous updates, please visit our blog here.

Key Developments: March 21-27

Flashpoint published a blog Considerations for Updating Near-Term Intelligence Requirements in Response to COVID-19 that provides considerations for business operations as organizations shift to a larger remote workforce.

Government Responses: 

Governments have continued to impose additional travel restrictions at local and federal levels in an effort to minimize continued spreading of coronavirus.

  • South Korea updated its testing requirements for any foreign national entering the country this week, continuing their hardline stance to combat the spread. According to the new guidelines, all US citizens and Europeans will be tested upon arrival, and individuals must self-quarantine for 14 days even if they have negative results. Individuals will also have to download an app to provide updates to health safety officials, and will be deported immediately if they do not comply.
  • On March 24, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese government officially postponed the 2020 Olympic Games until 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The Olympic flame will remain in Japan, and the games will still officially be called “Tokyo 2020” despite the date move.
  • The US Department of Justice has indicated they may pursue terrorism charges against individuals who commit acts with the intent to spread coronavirus. In some instances, state and local governments have already applied their own terrorism statutes in charging individuals for criminal acts related to coronavirus. Source:
  • On March 22, the US Justice Department announced its first law enforcement action for criminal activity exploiting coronavirus concerns. According to their press release, the Justice Department brought wire fraud charges against operators of the site “coronavirusmedicalkit[.]com,” which falsely claimed to sell World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine kits.
  • The US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a memorandum that identified blockchain managers as essential critical infrastructure during the coronavirus response. These workers were identified along with inventory control and warehouse workers, suggesting that the US government has recognized the increasing importance of this type of technology.

New Disinformation Trends: 

Misinformation and disinformation continues to spread on social media platforms and via chat services. Narratives and major developments observed by Flashpoint analysts include:

  • Fake cures: smoking (Telegram), homeopathy (social media), marijuana (social media), various ineffective pills (sold, among others by disinformation peddler Alex Jones);
  • Misattributed footage of military vehicles in various cities keep spreading as an alleged proof that martial law is going to be introduced in the areas or countries in question. In extremist communities threat actors are actively discussing this;
  • A conspiracy theory by a retired Russian officer who claims that COVID-19 was invented by the “deep state” to reduce the population of the world has been shared more than 3 million times by March 26 and might have inspired further misleading content.
  • In what seems to be a coordinated disinformation campaign Chinese actors have been propagating various theories about the origin of COVID-19. Besides an older theory shared by the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which claimed that the virus was made in an US military lab, another narrative originating from China now claims that the virus originated from Italy (simultaneously far-right political leaders in Italy shared content claiming that the virus was a Chinese bioweapon). The campaign reportedly involved hacked social media accounts and in its newest form (with several competing narratives) it has started to resemble Russian information operations.
  • Both China and Russia are simultaneously conducting an active “positive” PR campaign in Europe, which includes shipping medical equipment (which according to Spanish, Italian and Czech media reports turned out to be overwhelmingly defective) and pushing a message contrasting decisive Chinese/Russian action with the EU’s “hesitation” and “lack of solidarity”. The apparent aim is to divide the EU and (for Russia) to achieve the removal of sanctions against the country.

Cybercrime and Coronavirus: 

The coronavirus pandemic continues to be reflected in cybercriminal activities. Malicious actors are taking advantage of global fear and uncertainty and exploiting them through attack vectors that include tailored phishing lures and custom malware. Numerous domains and scampages continue to appear as threat actors leverage the pandemic to carry out various online fraud schemes.

  • Sophos Labs revealed on March 23, that over thirty thousand domain names with “covid” or “corona” have been registered since February 2020. Sophos is analyzing the data to determine which are malicious, and will issue follow-up reporting accordingly.
  • On March 23, a Hammersmith Medicines Research medical facility involved with testing coronavirus vaccines announced that it was hit by the Maze ransomware collective. Despite the collective’s previous statement that it would not attack medical facilities during the global pandemic, the actors stole the data and published it online, demanding a ransom payment. A spokesperson for the facility noted that the attack was caught in a timely manner and there was no downtime.
  • While the breach itself is believed to have occurred before the Maze collective’s March 18 announcement that it would not target medical organizations, the Maze group does not appear to be adhering to their promise of leaving medical facilities out of ransomware campaigns.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed on March 23 that a group of malicious cyber actors tried to breach the WHO network earlier in the month, but was unsuccessful. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Flavio Aggio acknowledged that hacking attempts against the agency are significantly increasing. Aggio noted that this effort consisted of trying to steal passwords via a malicious website that mimicked the WHO’s email.
  • Malicious infrastructure has targeted other healthcare and humanitarian entities as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe.
  • Threat actors continue to exploit coronavirus concerns to propagate phishing campaigns. A security researcher discovered that threat actors are currently using an HHS[.]gov open redirect to push malware payloads via coronavirus-themed phishing emails.

COVID-19 Global Impact: 

Virus trackers have been established by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. An analysis of the spread of COVID-19 can be found here.

Work-from-Home Tests Business Networks, Security Protocols: 

With organizations encouraging and requiring employees to work remotely, this sets a new precedent for business networks and security protocols. In response, the CDC provides guidance for business and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19.

Implications for Educational Institutions:

Many higher education institutions across the United States are closing their campuses through the end of term/spring 2020. Many of these universities have shifted to online-only classes and have asked students to vacate dorms. K-12 schools across the country have announced temporary closures as well, and some school districts have announced that they are shifting to online-only learning for the rest of the school year.

Delays and Disruptions to Major Events Possible: 

A number of scheduled conferences and events continue to experience delays or cancellations as a result of the virus. Cancelling events or limiting attendance is meant to prevent community spread. In addition, many professional sports across the world have announced postponed or suspended seasons, including the NBA, which made their announcement after a player tested positive for the virus. Disney and Universal Studios have announced park closures beginning this week through the end of March.

Forbes has compiled a master list of airline change and cancellation policies.A list of cancelled trade shows and technology conferences can be found here.

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