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.
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: Week of April 18-24

April 28, 2020

Government Responses:

European leaders have reiterated concerns about the need to gradually reopen businesses in their countries, and have warned that social distancing measures must continue to combat the spread of coronavirus. Some have also warned their citizens that a vaccine likely will not be available this year to reinforce the importance of continued lockdowns.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, announced a temporary ban on domestic road, air and sea travel starting Friday, April 24 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This ban goes into effect as millions of Muslims mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Georgia was the first state in the US to broadly re-open some businesses. Georgia’s governor announced that effective Friday, April 24 non-essential businesses such as gyms, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo parlors and bowling alleys could re-open for business, as long as they enforce social distancing guidelines. Some have criticized the move, claiming that the move goes against federal recommendations that states reopen businesses only after a two week decline in cases. Some other states have loosened some restrictions, such as reopening beaches in Florida and retail stores in South Carolina.

Coronavirus and Cybercrime:

On April 22, the US Department of Justice announced a multi-agency law enforcement effort to work with domain registrars to identify and disrupt malicious domains being used to propagate fraudulent schemes related to COVID-19. According to their press release, they highlight some of the identified websites, including one that impersonated an American Red Cross donations site, as well as sites that spoofed government programs to capture PII or hijacked legitimate company domains to distribute malware.

On Wednesday, April 22, Google released a new blog post, detailing its findings on active state-sponsored activities using COVID-19 themes as lures.

FireEye published a report that identified Vietnamese state-sponsored activities targeting personal and professional email accounts of staff at China’s Ministry of Emergency Management and the government of Wuhan. According to the report, the group’s recent activity mirrors attempts by a host of state-backed hackers to compromise governments, businesses and health agencies in search of information about the new disease and attempts to combat it.

A report on a trial that evaluated the efficacy of anti-malaria drug chloroquine was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on April 24, noting that the drug does not appear to be effective against COVID-19. The trial was cut short after scientists disclosed that numerous subjects in the study died from its use, and scientists associated with the study stated that they hope the findings curb touting of the drug as a possible cure, and the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against use of the drug.

Misinformation and Disinformation Trends: 

Narratives and major developments observed by Flashpoint analysts include:

“Doctors and scientists” in disinformation: In recent weeks Flashpoint analysts have observed an increasing use of “doctors” and scientists with questionable backgrounds who have presented disinformation narratives. These included speakers like “Dr. Shiva” and “Dr. Buttar” who spread various conspiracy theories and medical misinformation in interviews that reached millions of users on social media, as well as an Italian scientist whose words about Italian COVID-19 cases were taken out of context and misinterpreted by Chinese state media to suggest that COVID19 originated in Italy. In a previous narrative, an interview with a “Dr. Zelenko” who claimed to successfully treat COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine was an important part of misleading and speculative narratives. 

Flashpoint analysts assess with moderate confidence that this is a consequence of the ongoing scientific debate about COVID-19 treatments and vaccines being willfully misinterpreted as cluelessness by disinformation actors who can then inject their “own scientists” into the debate to create further confusion.  

Some of these have built on previously existing disinformation narratives about “empty hospitals” and overstated death figures. A narrative that has been rapidly spreading on several social media platforms claimed that healthcare workers and first responders posting videos of themselves dancing is evidence that they are not working and therefore death figures are deliberately overstated. An increasing focus on health care professionals has led to protesters verbally abusing healthcare professionals in several states.

Other narratives had to do with the protests themselves. For instance, Alex Jones, a talk show host and conspiracy theorist, as well as a major domestic disinformation amplifier told his followers that Texas authorities supported a rally organized against lockdowns at the state capitol. As anti-lockdown protests are expected to spread across the US, this kind of disinformation is likely going to increase in size. Russian state media and Russia’s disinformation ecosystem have also paid particular attention to the protests and highlighted the role of extremists.

New forms of “COVID-19 is man-made” narratives: 

One of the most resilient narratives—that COVID-19 is a man-made bioweapon—has continued taking new forms this week.

The claims of a French virologist and Nobel laureate, Luc Montagnier who claimed that the novel coronavirus contained HIV genes and was thus likely created in a lab received considerable attention in conspiracy theorist communities, even as the claims were criticized by other experts.

Several narratives claiming to show misattributed or false evidence that certain key decision-makers knew about the pandemic well before it started to spread on various social media platforms, including a video claiming that elements of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics predicted the pandemic, as well as an image that claimed to show COVID-19-related spending in Pennsylvania’s draft budget in 2019. 

Disinformation targeting Bill Gates has gained massive following in the past week. They continued taking two forms: attacks on Gates and his foundation; and disinformation regarding vaccines.

Nearly 25,000 email address and password combinations were exposed online, allegedly from the WHO and the Gates Foundation. This leak turned out to be inauthentic, but online harassment of Gates and his foundation continued. 

A viral Facebook post made the false claim that close to 500,000 children in India were paralyzed from a polio vaccine administered by the Gates Foundation.

Disinformation about stimulus payments disbursed under the CARES Act have started proliferating. These included narratives claiming that hospitals and billionaires received large sums in the framework of the act, but also narratives that facilitate fraud.

Chinese state media have continued its COVID-19 messaging critical of Western responses to the crisis but seemed to focus on a different type of content. State and state-funded media accounts focused on growing case numbers in the United States and the United Kingdom, while praising China’s response to the crisis, which allowed the lifting of the lockdown in Hubei province. These efforts included meme-like images and videos.

In contrast with earlier efforts that aimed to blame the US and Italy for starting the pandemic, in this phase China is focusing on portraying itself as more efficient and effective than Western democracies. Russian pro-government media published several articles highlighting extreme viewpoints in public debates around COVID-19 in the US as well as the theory that the virus originated in a Chinese military lab.

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