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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.
Jennifer Leggio
Chief Marketing Officer / VP Operations
Jennifer Leggio is responsible for Flashpoint’s marketing, customer acquisition, and operations. Ms. Leggio has more than 20 years of experience driving marketing, communications and go-to-market strategies in the cybersecurity industry. She’s previously held senior leadership roles at Digital Shadows, Cisco, Sourcefire, and Fortinet. She’s been a contributor to Forbes and ZDNet, and has spoken on the importance of coordinated disclosure at DEF CON and Hack in the Box, and on threat actor “publicity” trends at RSA Conference, Gartner Security Summit, and SXSW Interactive.
Chris Camacho
Chief Strategy Officer
Chris Camacho partners with Flashpoint’s executive team to develop, communicate, and execute strategic initiatives pertaining to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). 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.
Lance James
Chief Scientist / VP Engineering
Lance James is responsible for leading Flashpoint’s technology development. Prior to joining Flashpoint in 2015, he was the Head of Cyber Intelligence at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. James has been an active member of the security community for over 20 years and enjoys working creatively together with technology teams to design and develop impactful solutions that disrupt online threats.
Brian Costello
SVP Global Sales and Solution Architecture
Brian Costello, a 20-year information technology and security solutions veteran, is responsible for leading the Global Sales, Solution Architecture, and Professional Services teams at Flashpoint. Throughout his career, Brian has successfully built security and cloud teams that have provided customers with innovative technology solutions, exceeded targets and consistently grown business year over year. Prior to Flashpoint, Brian led a global security and cloud vertical practice for Verizon. Brian also held senior leadership roles at Invincea, Risk Analytics and Cybertrust. Brian received his B.A. from George Mason University.
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 Customer Success
Jake Wells leads the company’s customer success team, serving 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.
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Cybercrime Economy: An Analysis of Cybercriminal Communication Strategies

Blog
April 19, 2017

Malicious actors’ widespread preference for encrypted tools and services continues to fuel the ongoing debate over encryption. While jihadist groups such as ISIS first drew public attention to the issue during the high-profile battle between the FBI and Apple over the mobile phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters in 2015, various threat actor groups have long relied on encryption to conceal their illicit activities and conversations. Cybercriminals are one such group. Not only does their ubiquitous usage of encrypted communication tools further perpetuate the “encryption debate”, it presents countless challenges for organizations seeking to gain visibility into the cyber threat landscape and combat cybercrime.

Cybercriminals will always seek to evade third-party detection. Despite the increased adoption of robust cybersecurity and threat intelligence programs, threats ranging from low-level fraud and phishing to large-scale ransomware extortion campaigns and DDoS attacks continue to emerge and yield damage across the enterprise. Although more organizations are recognizing the critical need to safeguard their critical systems, infrastructure, stakeholders, and data from cyber threats, most of these threats remain under-the-radar until they emerge from the exclusive confines of the Deep & Dark Web. These vast, difficult-to-access regions of the Internet encompass illicit marketplaces, invite-only forums, and yes — password-protected communication channels supported by applications that employ varying levels of encryption.

Indeed, Flashpoint’s newest research paper titled, “Cybercrime Economy: An Analysis of Cybercriminal Communication Strategies,” acknowledges that cybercriminals’ use of various encrypted communication tools presents countless challenges for organizations seeking to combat cybercrime. This research examines data collected between 2012 and 2016 from cybercriminal communities spanning seven different languages: Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Persian/Farsi and English. Flashpoint analyzed trends pertaining to these communities’ use of communication tools including ICQ, Skype, Jabber, PGP, AOL Instant Messenger, Telegram, WeChat, QQ, WhatsApp, and Kik.

The results of this study address the following questions:

• Which nation state is the trendsetter in selecting communication tools, based on prominence and track record, and why?

• The widespread popularity of which application demonstrates that convenience often outweighs both sophistication and operational security?

• Which application was most popular among English-speaking cybercriminals in 2012 and what do those results look like today?

• How can organizations direct intelligence-led initiatives while cultivating an increased understanding of the complex variables driving cybercriminal behavior?

Analyzing cybercriminals’ tactics, tools, and procedures provides necessary context for understanding their communications methods. Especially in today’s day and age of complex and relentless cyber threats, organizations should recognize that effectively bolstering security measures to address these threats requires comprehensive visibility into all factors contributing to their threat landscape. While even the most robust, well-equipped security teams may never be able to detect and protect against each and every threat proactively, Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) derived from the Deep & Dark Web can provide organizations with additional visibility and critical insights that not only shed light on cybercriminals’ communication strategies but also help address cyber threats, inform strategic decisions, and mitigate risk across the enterprise.

For more information regarding cybercriminal communication strategies, download the paper here.

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