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 25-May 1

May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Medical Research:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, claimed in an interview on April 30 that a vaccine may be widely available as early as next year for the coronavirus, although the US Federal Drug Administration has not yet approved a vaccine.
  • On Wednesday, April 29, biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences released preliminary results from its clinical trial of remdesivir. The trial involved 297 patients with severe cases of the virus, and showed at least 50% of the patients treated with a five-day dosage of the drug improved. The study did not evaluate the drug against a control group of patients who did not receive the drug, but he National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also released results from its own study, which showed COVID-19 patients who took remdesivir usually recovered after eleven days, four days faster than those who did not take the drug.

Government Responses:

  • On April 28, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that meat processing plants in the US were to remain open, invoking the Defense Production Act to classify the facilities as essential infrastructure. This executive order came after some reports by large meat producers about supply chain concerns, citing plant closures due to staffing shortages tied to the virus.
  • On Thursday, April 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) reconvened its COVID-19 committee to evaluate any update to its global recommendations related to the virus. On May 1, the WHO announced that it still considers the coronavirus pandemic a public health emergency of international concern.
  • On Thursday, April 30, President Trump claimed that he has seen evidence that the coronavirus originated from a lab in Wuhan, China, which is consistent with his narrative blaming China for the spread of the virus. Despite Trump’s claim, the US Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence released a statement on the same day that the virus “was not manmade or genetically modified,” but that the agency continues to investigate leads regarding the origins of the outbreak.
  • Other world leaders have also levied criticism against China for its handling of the pandemic and called for investigations into failures to properly contain and provide earlier warnings to the rest of the world. However, there continues to be consensus between the US Intelligence Community and other governments that the disease was not man made, and that there is no evidence that it originated in a lab.
  • On Friday, May 1 the Chinese government announced that China’s central province of Hubei, where the coronavirus is believed to have originated, will ease its lockdown restrictions beginning Saturday, May 2. Hubei’s health commission posted on its official WeChat account that it plans to lower its emergency response level to the second-highest grade.
  • On Friday, May 30, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared in a press briefing that the country had seen the peak of infections and were now beginning a downward trajectory, acknowledging the positive impact of lockdowns and expansion of testing. However, in his briefing he did not provide a timeline for easing of lockdown restrictions.
  • In the US, additional states announced plans to re-open some businesses beginning in early May, in line with federal guidelines released last week. These states announced that the openings of businesses will be a multi-phased approach and that there are continued restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • Governments, in cooperation with various private companies, have started to roll out numerous apps designed to monitor individuals in quarantine as well as conduct contact tracing to track the spread of the disease. Some privacy advocates have expressed concern about the type of data continued through these apps. There has also been some criticism levied about the effectiveness of such apps, given the sometimes inconsistent download rate of an app in a given geographic area that would limit the quality of data collected for contact tracing.

Coronavirus and Cybercrime:
Threat actors are continuing to find ways to leverage the coronavirus pandemic to carry out various fraud schemes and malicious campaigns.

The Australian Federal Police are investigating allegations of a hoax targeting the Government’s new COVIDSafe app. The app was released on April 26 to assist the government with tracking the virus. However, fake text messages circulated that claimed the app had detected the recipient was too far from their home, and was required to contact the government. According to images provided of the fake message, the text also included a number for the recipient to call. In response to the hoax, Australian officials clarified that the app does not save individual location data and only tracks proximity of the phone to other phones that have downloaded the app.

Flashpoint analysts continue to track fraudulent activity within illicit online communities seeking to exploit government funds disbursement to individuals and businesses. Recent activities include:

  • An English-speaking actor posts in a popular chat service channel claiming to have a method to illicitly obtain funding through the US government’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. According to their ad, they have devised a method to maximize the chances of receiving the maximum distribution in the loan, regardless of having an actual qualifying business. They include the caveat that the method is not guaranteed, but claims that they received two maximum disbursements using this method. As proof, they include a screenshot allegedly showing the deposit of federal funds into a bank account.
  • On the Reddit subreddit /r/LegalAdvice, two separate users question employers’ activities that appear to be attempts to fraudulently receive federal funding. One actor stated that they know of an employer who is attempting to force contract employees to pay back any funds received through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Another actor claimed that their employer is purposely manipulating their salary to fraudulently qualify for PPP funds.

Misinformation and Disinformation Trends:
Narratives and major developments observed by Flashpoint analysts include:

Narratives having to do with anti-lockdown protests continued spreading in the United States.

  • As a relatively new element, disinformation about protesters and signs displayed at protests appeared, such as a photo shared on social media platforms showed a doctored sign “translating” the name “Barack Hussein Obama” to numbers, suggesting that the name signaled the “19” in COVID-19. Several other signs that were reported as possible misinformation turned out to be genuine.

Narratives involving doctors:

  • Users of extremist platforms have reacted angrily to the removal of a video on social media that showed two doctors from Bakersfield, CA questioning lockdowns and news about overwhelmed hospitals and suggesting that “something else” might be behind states’ decisions to continue these measures. The video was a source of controversy since it was shared across multiple different social media platforms, but some platforms allowed it to remain up. To get around possible takedowns, users have reuploaded the video and excerpts from it in several versions, including as part of conspiracy theorist videos.
  • More unequivocal disinformation content featuring doctors and researchers continued spreading. Following a genuine statement by Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier the week before, this week a fake message claiming that Tasuku Honjo, a Japanese Nobel laureate confirmed that COVID-19 was made in a military lab circulated on social media.

Narratives attacking leading political figures continued spreading:

  • Content attacking Democratic politicians accusing them of various links to China or the Wuhan Institute of Virology from where according to an unconfirmed theory the virus “escaped”, appeared on various social media platforms. A viral tweet falsely stated that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Wuhan in 2019. A narrative misleadingly claiming that president Donald Trump confirmed that Barack Obama’s administration funded the Wuhan lab with US$3.7 million spread on multiple social media platforms.
  • Connected to the above are the newest incarnations of the theory that various government agencies or the “deep state” had known about the pandemic before it started, e.g. a 2019 CDC job listing for a “quarantine advisor” that was shared on Facebook. 
    George Webb, a conspiracy theorist claimed in a viral video  that a US Army reservist named Maatje Benassi was “Patient Zero” of the Covid-19 virus, which he claims she contracted on October 20, 2019 while cycling in military games in Wuhan. Benassi and her husband were subject to online harassment and death threats. YouTube removed the video.

Renewed push of narratives advertising fake or untested cures: 

  • As the race for a cure and a vaccine against COVID-19 continues, last week saw the emergence of several articles, messages and videos about untested treatments. These seem to have replaced narratives about hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that has been found ineffective against COVID-19.
  • A viral video claimed that acetazolamide (Diamox), a drug used to treat high-altitude sickness can cure COVID-19.
  • An unscientific rumor has circulated on various social media platforms via chat services since early April, the novel coronavirus does not kill directly but by infecting an intestinal bacterium called Provetella and therefore the disease can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Videos and articles on the French-language internet have spread the claim that Andy Rajoelina, the president of Madagascar, found a natural remedy to COVID-19 based on plants that grow on the island and have ostensibly been used in Chinese medicine for a long time.
  • Meanwhile, an unsubstantiated claim that a volunteer in Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine trial died appeared on a fake news site.

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