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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.
Matthew Howell
VP of 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
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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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COVID Key Developments: June 6-19

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June 23, 2020

Government Responses:

Norway’s health authorities said they suspended a smartphone app Smittestopp (“infection stop”) designed to help trace the spread of coronavirus after the country’s data protection agency said it was too invasive of privacy. Developed in Norway and available for voluntary downloads, the application used centralized data storage. Many governments across the world have deployed apps to track the spread of COVID-19 and inform users when they have come in contact with individuals who have either tested positive for the virus or exhibited symptoms. While most of these apps are voluntary, some governments have made use of the apps compulsory, which has led some privacy advocates to voice concerns about possible privacy issues. Although many developers have claimed to have integrated features to protect user privacy and anonymity, the rapid deployment of numerous different apps may mean that these safeguards are less robust or susceptible to exploitation.

China announced on Thursday, June 18, 2020 that researchers have discovered severe contamination at portions of a wholesale food market in Beijing. Officials indicate that the weather conditions in the area may have been a contributing factor to the contamination levels. The low temperature coupled with high humidity may have bred an environment conducive to an outbreak of the virus, but researchers are continuing to investigate.

On the same day, India reported that the country had 12,881 new cases, the highest single-day number reported to date in the country. Despite the rising number of cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated this week that the government is not planning to re-institute countrywide lockdown restrictions.

In the US, multiple states have reported a rise in coronavirus cases since late May, which has sparked concerns about whether some state governments were too ambitious and reopened public spaces too early. New York City, which was previously an epicenter for cases and deaths due to coronavirus, entered Phase 2 of reopening its economy on June 22.

Medical Research Developments:

On June 8, 2020 an official at the World Health Organization (WHO) claimed that asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus was “very rare” in response to a reporter question. However, the following day the WHO held a press conference to address the statement, which they claimed was a misunderstanding. They also reiterated that there is much that remains unknown about the disease, including the transmission rates with asymptomatic individuals.

Researchers found that strains of the coronavirus may have been in Italy as early as December 2019. The country’s National Institute of Health (ISS) said wastewater from Milan and Turin showed genetic virus traces on December 18, 2019, leading some researchers to speculate that the disease may have been travelling globally earlier than previously believed. These findings may assist researchers in their efforts to more effectively track the spread of the coronavirus.

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 posted in a popular chat service channel that they have a successful method for unemployment targeting the state of North Carolina. They also claim to have methods that can be used in other states, and advertise fullz for sale as well. They do not elaborate in their posts about these methods to file for unemployment.

An English-speaking threat actor posted with a statement that CashApp unemployment fraud method was back in business. They did not provide specific details and invited inquiries via private messages.

A vendor posted an advertisement on a popular marketplace for favipiravir, which they market as a cure for coronavirus. They do not provide details about the volume of the drug, but include their information to contact them for additional details. Across open source, there has been some reporting that the drug has had some effectiveness in treating the virus.

A threat actor operating on a top-tier hacking forum posted in English and Russian accusing another actor of using a similar alias to theirs. According to the actor, another individual on Jabber is using the alias to sell logs, but is actually a ripper. The threat actor shares their contact information and takes the opportunity to re-advertise their offerings, namely coronavirus phishing methods that they have previously touted for their efficacy.

Misinformation and Disinformation Narratives: 

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

Narratives About COVID-19 and Protests: Narratives spreading on various social media platforms in the past two weeks claimed that since “Black Lives Matter” protests have been allowed take place without the same pushback, on public health grounds, as the criticism anti-lockdown protests had received earlier, this must be proof that COVID-19 was a hoax or that the medical community is politically biased.

Some of these narratives returned to the conspiracy theory of a “deep state conspiracy” related to COVID-19 e.g. by falsely pretending that leading officials did not warn people about the health risks of the protests (this claim originated on Instagram and spread to other platforms).

Ahead of a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of president Donald Trump, far-right disinformation actors as well as the Fox News television channel alluded that recent protest movements are proof that the lockdowns across the country were not necessary.

Narratives Attacking Mass Testing and Masks continued spreading: These narratives often claim that testing and contact tracing are a part of a totalitarian or deep-state takeover. Since according to previous experience of countries withdrawing lockdown restrictions both compulsory mask wearing and mass testing is likely to be an important requirement to reopen economies, the spreading of these narratives may cause delays in reopening efforts.

At the same time, malicious attacks on testing and masks often mix with legitimate privacy concerns about contact tracing apps.

  • Some social media posts and videos have reflected on recent developments to argue that local or state governments deliberately introduce highly restrictive measures, which are sometimes harmful (e.g. mask-wearing, which some posts have labeled harmful and some ineffective) in order to experiment on people before launching a statist takeover or ushering in a “new world order.”
  • Some of the material in this category builds on earlier narratives (which are still actively shared) that claim that the “real” mortality rate of COVID-19 is much lower than “official” figures. Similarly to narratives attacking mask wearing, this type of content benefits from the constant evolution of the science around COVID-19.

New Content from Fake Whistleblowers: The pandemic has given rise to a number of influencers who have often appeared in videos spreading misleading information or disinformation and who have attained an almost cult-like following in anti-vaxxer circles and extremist communities by virtue of their appearing as authoritative figures. An example is Judy Mikovits, an anti-vaxxer who appeared as a whistleblower in the “Plandemic” video. In the past weeks several of these fake whistleblowers continued posting content, which quickly spread in social media groups, primarily on Facebook and on extremist platforms. They included:

  • Two videos by Rashid Buttar, a known disinformation influencer, one purporting to show incriminating “undercover footage of the World Health Organization (WHO)”, and one, in which Buttar claims that social distancing guidelines are a government plot to control citizens with military satellites.
  • A video featuring Marie Olszewski, a traveling nurse and anti-vaxxer who worked in New York’s Elmhurst Hospital and claimed that the hospital intentionally inflated the COVID-19 death count. Olszewski’s video highlights the risks of conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers going “undercover” as contact tracers, which DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero, a congressional candidate proposed.

African Narratives: As COVID-19 has spread in Africa, so did misleading content about the actions of authorities and fake cures. Flashpoint analysts do not actively monitor all of these narratives, but below are two narratives that Flashpoint observed spreading on the French-language internet:

  • Several sites and posts on social media platforms claimed that French President Emmanuel Macron said he would forbid the entry of all Africans to Europe if they refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The claim is completely false and has been debunked, but even a fact-checking video has become the means of a disinformation campaign after it was deceptively cut and re-uploaded to various social media platforms.
  • Medical misinformation about the alleged beneficial effects of the herbal tonic presented by the president of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, spread across Africa, especially in French-speaking countries. The story has led to further misinformation narratives about an ongoing debate between Madagascar and the WHO. The newest strain of misleading content claimed that the tonic successfully cured dozens of people in Chad.

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