Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with the fastest, most comprehensive coverage of threatening activity on the internet. 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 Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Camacho leads the company’s global sales team, which includes solution architecture, business development, strategic integrations, partnerships, and revenue operations; he is also the architect of Flashpoint’s 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.
Donald Saelinger
Donald Saelinger is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Flashpoint’s growth and scale. In this role, Donald leads a broad portfolio including Marketing, Customer Success, Revenue Operations, Legal and related functions, and is focused on helping the company execute on a go-to-market approach that maximizes value to our customers. Prior to Flashpoint, Donald served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Endgame, Inc., an endpoint detection and response company acquired by Elastic N.V. in 2019, and where he led a range of teams focused on growth, scale, and legal and compliance matters. Donald also previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Opower, Inc. (NYSE: OPWR), a global provider of SaaS solutions to electric and gas utilities that was acquired by Oracle, Inc. in 2016. Donald graduated from Columbia University in 2000 and received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006.
Rob Reznick
SVP 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
SVP 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
SVP 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
SVP Strategy and 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 Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Revenue Operations team at Flashpoint, aligning sales, marketing, partnerships, customer success, and finance 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.
Paul Farley
Paul Farley is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of Flashpoint's international business, including Australia, Japan, and Singapore. In his role at Flashpoint, Paul is executing growth-oriented sales strategies across multiple countries and vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial. Paul has extensive experience leading regional sales for both pre-IPO growth businesses and large organizations such as RSA, EMC and DELL.
Steven Cooperman
VP Public Sector Sales
Steven Cooperman is responsible for Flashpoint’s strategy and sales growth of its public sector business. He also supports the development of a robust partner ecosystem for public sector business to deliver value added offerings and innovation focused to the mission of government. Steven has an established and diverse career in the Public Sector, holding leadership positions at a number of successful enterprise software companies and Federal System Integrators, including ServiceNow, HP, Oracle and Northrop Grumman. He holds an MA in Analytic Geography from the State University of New York - Binghamton, and received his BS in Geology from the State University - Oneonta.
Matthew Howell
VP Product
Matthew Howell leads the Product Management and Product Marketing teams for Flashpoint. He is responsible for developing a strong team that drives product adoption and user engagement through outcome based prioritization, continuous process improvement, and metrics driven development. Matthew brings a passion for diverse ideas, experience launching B2B SaaS products, building integration ecosystems, supporting five 9s SLAs, and leading distributed teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Virginia
Glenn Lemons
Executive Director Strategic Accounts Engagement
Glenn Lemons is Executive Director, Strategic Accounts Engagement 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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COVID Key Developments: June 20 – July 2

July 6, 2020

Government Responses:

Governments across the world are reviewing ways to reopen economies to start their economic recovery. In pursuit of this, some countries are developing plans to reopen their borders to foreign travelers, in some cases without requiring mandatory self-quarantine periods upon arrival. However, other countries, such as Canada, have extended their bans on foreign travelers.

On June 30, EU ambassadors approved a list of countries whose citizens can travel to the bloc. These approvals were based on how well the countries have worked to contain the virus within their borders as well as reciprocal easing of travel restrictions. As of this writing, the list includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China (once it drops its own restrictions on EU nationals). This list will be reviewed and revised every two weeks based on the latest case figures. Each member country is responsible for deciding how to implement this list in their own country.

The majority of US states have seen a rise in the number of cases in the last couple weeks. Many states have either rolled back reopenings of public spaces or put a temporary hold on plans to move on to broader reopening phases. Many states have also instituted requirements that travelers from states with high rates of COVID-19 infection self-quarantine for two weeks. Officials across most states have developed these lists based on infection rates of other states, and will update based on case trend data. According to online volunteer-led initiative Covid Act Now, which tracks and models the spread in the United States, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont are the only states currently on track to contain COVID-19.

The World Health Organization warned that countries may have to reinstitute lockdowns to prevent renewed spikes of infections. Although some countries have successfully tamped down on case volumes, countries such as India, South Africa, and the United States continue to see high numbers of cases. Japan reported on July 2 that it had its highest case number in two months.

Medical Research Developments: 

Researchers across the world continue to pursue development of a vaccine against the coronavirus. As of this writing, over 145 vaccines are in development and in various phases of approval, including 19 in human trials.

India Approves Vaccine Pilot: India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation approved human trials for a coronavirus vaccine, Covaxin. It was developed by Bharat Biotech India alongside the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology. The trials are set to begin this month.

China Approves Experimental Vaccine for Military: The Chinese government approved the use of an experimental vaccine called Ad5-nCoV on June 25. The vaccine was developed by the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology in collaboration with vaccine company CanSino Biologics. The drug is only approved for use with military personnel.

In May, the Canadian government announced a collaboration with CanSino Biologics to develop this vaccine with Canadian researchers.

US Purchases Global Stock of Remdesivir: The US Department of Health and Human Services announced that it had obtained 100 percent of the available Remdesivir, which has been used as a treatment for the coronavirus. In response, EU officials renewed negotiations with its manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, to obtain doses for EU member states and to discuss the possibility of expanding production to meet global demand.

Cybercrime and Coronavirus: Flashpoint analysts continue to track ways in which threat actors in illicit communities are exploiting issues related to the pandemic for fraudulent purposes. Some examples include:

  • An English-speaking threat actor posts on popular forums that they have access to a database from Indonesia with COVID-19 patient information. They indicate it is current as of May 20, 2020. They say the fields available in the database include patient names, biographical information, and some basic details about the cases, such as contact type. The actor also includes a sample of the data.
  • A Russian-speaking threat actor offers for sale “leftovers from warehouse.” They list non contact infrared thermometers (models Aicare A66, DT8836, ET-900, and GP-300), pulse oximeters, and coronavirus tests as items available for sale. They provide their contact details and photos of items as proof of credibility.
  • An English-speaking threat actor operating in a popular chat services channel inquiring if anybody was available to help them conduct unemployment fraud. They did not provide any other details. They likely expect responses via secure private messaging.
  • An English-speaking actor posts in a popular chat service channel asking whether any users in the channel have a written method for “loading business accounts via covid loans.” They do not specify what type of loans, or whether they are targeting loans in specific countries. As of this writing, it does not appear any users responded in the channel to their request.

Misinformation and Disinformation Narratives:Misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 continues to spread on social media platforms and via chat services. Narratives and major developments observed by Flashpoint analysts include:

Social Media Campaigns Discourage Mask Wearing: Following successful attempts—mostly by extreme right social media and traditional media actors—to politicize mask wearing, disinformation narratives targeting mask wearing have made up the majority of new narratives Flashpoint analysts observed on social media platforms.

On social media, users used hashtags such as #masksoffamerica, #unmaskamerica, and #maskhoax to drive campaigns against mask wearing or to misleadingly argue that masks were ineffective or represented a health risk. Viral images and posts related to these campaigns collectively earned millions of interactions. These included an image and a post that falsely claimed that wearing a mask removes a person’s ability to carry a gun—probably a case of trying to link a new agenda with anti-gun-control groups, which have an established and strong presence in public discourse. A misattributed photograph ostensibly showed a dead truck driver in California carrying contaminated masks. Some of these posts were amplified by influencers with a committed base of followers.

An article shared on several social media platforms claimed that the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the Department of Labor, said that masks did not work because they reduced “oxygen levels.” Videos also claimed to show that wearing a mask leads oxygen levels to drop into “the danger zone.”

A meme shared on several social media platforms aggregated several misleading claims about mask wearing. Flashpoint analysts have observed in earlier disinformation campaigns that memes often serve as a gateway to extremist communities or disinformation campaigns.

Conspiracy Theories about Bill Gates and a Future COVID-19 Vaccine: A video claimed that Gates offered US$10 billion to the Nigerian government to impose forced vaccinations. The video marks a relatively novel trend of disinformation content targeting African countries as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads there. Gates has previously been accused by conspiracy theorists of funding programs that caused harm in developing countries.

Misleading Claims about the Growing Case Count: Such claims have spread on various platforms in the United States after President Donald Trump claimed that the numbers were going up only because of more extensive testing. In fact, both the number of COVID-19 tests and the positivity rate of the tests have been rising since the beginning of June.

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