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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.
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.
Peter George
Peter George has an established track record of building companies that deliver sustained growth and profits and in identifying critical worldwide partnership opportunities that strategically expand market share. Prior to becoming President and CEO of Fidelis Security Systems in 2008, Mr. George spent the last seven years as President and CEO of Crossbeam Systems, the market leader in the high-end segment of the Unified Threat Management market, where he took the company from being a pre-revenue start-up to over $50 million in revenue. Previously, he was President of Nortel Networks Enterprise Business in Europe, Middle-East, and Africa, responsible for managing more than 5,000 employees and $2 billion in revenue. Mr. George came to Nortel via their 1998 acquisition of Bay Networks where he was serving as vice president of European operations. During his tenure at Wellfleet and Bay, he played key sales executive roles in New England and in Europe. Prior to joining Wellfleet, Mr. George served as the Northeast regional manager and GM of Canada at 3Com Corporation, and also held senior management positions at Ungerman Bass. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross, and has done graduate studies at Harvard and Oxford University.
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.

COVID-19 Key Developments

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March 16, 2020

For Flashpoint’s most recent observations visit the blog here.

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 event disruption, disinformation, misinformation, phishing, and malware. The Flashpoint team will continue to provide updates here.

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:
Over 135 colleges 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. This week, many college athletic events have also been cancelled. K-12 schools across the country have begun to announce temporary closures as well.

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.

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.

Disney and Universal Studios have announced park closures beginning this week through the end of March.

Speculation continues around the impact the outbreak will have on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics scheduled to begin in late July 2020.

Phishing and Malware Activity: 
As Flashpoint reported in mid-February, threat actors began to leverage COVID-19 in phishing campaigns. Potential targets may be less likely to question the legitimacy of emails when they claim to have information related to an ongoing health crisis. Analysts strongly suggest that individuals seek information about COVID-19 from known official channels and operate with a high degree of caution when reading a message that attempts to procure personal information. This week there was an increase in reports of actors spreading misinformation narratives and coronavirus-themed documents to lure victims. Additional campaigns include:

    • Coronavirus-Themed Malware: On March 12, 2020, cybersecurity groups reported on a “malware cocktail” composed of the “CoronaVirus Ransomware” and the “Kpot” data-stealing malware. To distribute the malware, attackers created a website that resembled a Windows utility site. The ransomware directs payments to a Bitcoin wallet address.
    • Phishing Spoofing WHO Distributes Malware Downloader: A phishing campaign pretending to be releasing information from the World Health Organization is distributing a malware downloader that installs the “FormBook” information-stealing trojan. The email prompts readers to open a PDF file for “the simplest and fastest way to take care of your health and protect others.
    • Phishing and “Trickbot”: Phishing emails containing the “Trickbot” information-stealing malware is targeting Italy with email subjects containing “important information and precautions.” The emails may contain malicious links or Word documents that require users to “enable content” to view. Once clicked, the link or file launches malicious macros that extract files to install and launch Trickbot.
    • Email Pretending to Be from WHO or CDC Distributes Malware: Flashpoint reported on earlier malicious online activity seeking to exploit fears around the coronavirus. Threat actors are spoofing official organizations’ emails, such as the CDC and the WHO, and installing “Emotet” payloads and “AZORult” malware. Various coronavirus-themed documents have also been found in Korean and Vietnamese.
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Tracking Cybersecurity Groups and Coronavirus-Themed Campaigns:
Cybersecurity groups continuously announce timely information about malicious online activity. Security teams tracking these developments are reporting on relevant indicators of compromise, including malicious coronavirus-themed attachments and network indicators.

Hackers are debuting new maps and coronavirus trackers to spread malware. The Johns Hopkins dashboard and the New York Times map appear to be the safest tools for tracking the spread of the virus. Most others should be used cautiously.

Misinformation Spreading through Chat Apps:
Misinformation around the virus continues—there is a near-constant stream of misinformation recommending dangerous or ineffective techniques for treating and preventing COVID-19. While some of these carry immediate physical risks—such as drinking bleach—others present threats because they are scientifically untenable or may prevent people from seeking proper medical attention. Medical misinformation may also lead to undue panic, stockpiling, and noncompliance with public health safety measures.

New Disinformation Trends:

  • More Memes Used: Coronavirus-themed memes spreading misinformation have started to spread more aggressively on social media. In disinformation campaigns, memes are a widely used entry tool to widen the campaign’s. Some of these memes contain medical disinformation.
  • Variations on Themes: New iterations of the disinformation master narrative suggesting the coronavirus is a manmade creation have appeared. Iranian media misquoted a former CIA officer, Philip Giraldi, to support claims that the coronavirus was produced in a lab. A video spreading on TikTok by adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory suggested that the virus was created for the purposes of population control. The overall narrative was exacerbated by a Chinese diplomat, Zhao Lijian, claiming that he suspected the United States of being the source of the virus.
  • More US Disinformation: Significantly more disinformation narratives with a local focus have emerged in the United States. These include misleading articles and social media posts (primarily on Facebook and WhatsApp) claiming that certain states are deliberately understating or hiding the number of infected or dead people and that New York City is about to shut down public transportation. A misattributed video claimed to show a New York City man dropping dead on the street.
  • Struggle to Combat Foreign-Language Misinformation: Media reported that social media companies are struggling to remove medical misinformation in languages other than English, which often recycle earlier, debunked claims about home cures (for example, lemon, garlic, or onions) and embed them in messages that are ostensibly from doctors or public personalities. These narratives can represent a more substantial risk as the virus spreads in Europe and in non-English-speaking communities in the United States.
  • Political and Coronavirus Narratives Blending: Political disinformation narratives have developed in conjunction with coronavirus-related disinformation. A new claim that surfaced this week is that the 2020 US presidential election might be called off or postponed due to the virus. The pandemic itself can depress turnout in elections due to social distancing. This effect can be exacerbated by disinformation campaigns.
  • “SMSishing:” Flashpoint analysts have also observed an uptick in malicious links sent via text messages. These messages contain various social engineering schemes that capitalize on coronavirus concerns, including links that allegedly contain discounts for popular streaming services or request personal information for COVID-treatment.

Government Responses:
The Newark, New Jersey, Department of Public Safety warned residents that they would face prosecution for falsely reporting cases of the virus or for spreading misinformation.

The US government has approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding in response to COVID-19.

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