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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 leads the company’s client engagement and development team, which includes customer success, 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.
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, Client Engagement & Development
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.
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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.
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Flashpoint Engineering: Heroes of Innovation

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September 13, 2017

If there’s one adjective I can consistently use to describe Flashpoint, it is the word “unique.” From our offering, our highly-skilled intelligence analysts, our breadth of customers across 20 industries, and our talent, we have created a very special approach to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) and how we grow the company.

I’ve written in the past about our exceptional executive team and the accolades earned by our very well-known analyst team. However, Flashpoint would not be what it is today without its quiet heroes. By nature they tend to remain largely behind-the-scenes, yet our progress and upward momentum wouldn’t be possible without them: our engineering team.

Flashpoint, at its heart, is a technology company that mixes sophisticated engineering and proprietary innovation with its human-powered intelligence. As we continue to aggressively recruit and grow our top-notch engineering organization, I took some time to sit down with three members of the team to get to know them better and help our customers and industry friends do the same. They are, indeed, a fascinating, highly-accomplished bunch, and I’m very proud to have them as part of our team.

Ruth Fombrun, Software Engineer

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I’m grateful to be able to work on high-visibility assignments that allow me to invest in Flashpoint’s future while contributing to my own professional development. I also love collaborating with the other engineers as well as our subject matter experts, all of whom have helped me grow into a better software engineer and become well-versed in matters of security, intelligence, and the many threats and challenges we help our customers address.

Above all else, though, are Flashpoint’s people. Everyone here is intellectually curious, yet they all strike this perfect balance of learning while actually getting things done and solving problems. The company culture and community aspect are fantastic. At the end of the day, we all enjoy being around one another and having a good time. Not to mention that FP Ladies’ Night outings are a blast!

How has working in security and intelligence shaped your perspective as a software engineer?
As someone whose professional background spanned chemical engineering, B2B sales, and beauty before arriving at security and intelligence, I’m continually fascinated by computers, protocols, and the Internet because in many ways, they’re relatively new to me. Being so immersed in this space has helped me come to really appreciate the importance of doing things like upgrading my laptop’s operating system, being cautious of how and with whom I share my personal information, and changing my passwords regularly. While working at Flashpoint has certainly opened my eyes to how dangerous certain threats, actors, and vulnerabilities can be, it’s also taught me that there are so many small, easy steps we can all take to better protect our organizations and ourselves.

What have been your favorite side projects?
I’ve really enjoyed working on projects for the hackathons Flashpoint has hosted this year. For one hackathon, my team’s project entailed using video and image content analysis tools to watch thousands of YouTube videos that shared Candy Crush hacks. By using the software to read the clocks displayed on the phone, tablet, and desktop screens, we were able to figure out the most popular time of day when Candy Crush hackers typically film these videos.

During another hackathon, my team created a type of two-factor authentication that required the user to solve a Dance Dance Revolution dance challenge before unlocking access to a website. It was awesome.

What are your interests outside of work?
Outside of work, if I’m not exploring a Brooklyn hipster scene, then I’m tinkering with Python code in an open source project. These sorts of projects have really grown my skills and enabled me to answer questions like, for example, ‘what happens in an SSDP amplification attack?’

Recently, I received a used quadcopter drone as a gift, and it’s definitely been keeping me busy! I spent the past weekend shopping for the drone’s missing parts and soldering on PCBs where necessary to hopefully get it flying soon. Once I successfully fly it manually, I’ll attempt an autopilot flight. After that, my goal is to try loading software like SkyJack onto the drone’s operating system to see how I might “hack” it to do something interesting.

Can you tell me a fun fact about yourself?
I speak Haitian Creole fluently.

 

Tony Moulton, Director of Engineering

What piqued your interest in Flashpoint?
As a previous client of Flashpoint, I had insight into its capabilities and had long been impressed by the sorts of use cases that the company’s tools, intelligence, and subject matter experts were helping customers address. Given that my background is in information security and software engineering, I joined Flashpoint because it seemed like the perfect opportunity to dive in and tackle some very fun and interesting problems. Boy, was I right!

What sorts of technology challenges excite you?
I get excited about any challenge that involves a lot of data, distributed systems, machine learning, natural language processing, or knowledge representation. I especially love building tools that help introduce architectures and domains to engineers with minimal effort.

What’s your favorite aspect of being Flashpoint’s Director of Engineering?
I love being a part of developing technology that provides our analysts and customers alike with the tools to research and better understand global events and ongoing trends. Being responsible for managing our engineering team and driving the architectural vision across the company means that I have a unique opportunity to work directly with amazing people, maintain constant access to amazing datasets, and develop some incredible tools.

What are your interests outside of work?
When I’m not working, I enjoy getting involved in hobby electrical engineering, building and flying quadcopters, lighting, flame effects engineering, partially homomorphic encryption, cooking and wine. Whenever there’s a maker faire going on, you’ll likely see me there!

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I spent seven years of my life as an artist learning blacksmithing techniques and working in mediums of steel, fire, and light. My work is featured in multiple permanent art installations in locations including Reno, NV, and Seattle, WA.

 

Ben Turner, Engineering Lead

Developer Ben Turner

Why Flashpoint?
Flashpoint is the perfect outlet for my varied professional interests. Previously, I served in the U.S. Army as a cryptologic analyst and Arabic linguist focusing on counterterrorism. I then worked doing social media monitoring and analysis for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center.

This work piqued my interest in online jihadi recruitment, which is how I found out about Flashpoint. I had been following the company’s founders for years because I was impressed with their research and expertise on terrorists’ use of the Internet.

Eventually, I decided to become a straight-up software developer and spent several years as a student, intern, and junior developer. So when Flashpoint contacted me about an opening for a web developer, I jumped at the chance to join the company whose founders I had long admired.

What sorts of technology challenges do you most enjoy tackling?
I am most interested in speed, scaling, and reproducible infrastructure as force multipliers for developers. From query optimization and profiling, to containerization leading to scaling within clustered resources, to infrastructure as code — I love to see faster run times and lower times to deploy.

Working through challenges like these helps us become better developers who are more willing to experiment, build tests, and construct properly-modular building blocks leading to more complex applications and emergent behavior.

Are you working on any side projects?
My long-term side project has been to build an open-reputation algorithm platform with a text-based gaming component. I grew up on the Internet playing text-based MUDs, which let me express my interests in world-building and creative writing far more than graphics-based worlds ever did.

I also loved the idea of measuring the tension between the quantification of a person through data and that person’s perceptions of self as well as the perceptions of others. How closely do your actions align with your reputation and your self-perception? And does that matter? And how can that be reproduced into a virtual character in an online world?

What’s the best part of being on Flashpoint’s engineering team?
I am grateful for the rare opportunity to build core systems and add new technologies. These are the types of projects that I would have never had the chance to explore at larger, older companies where the problems have already been solved and expertise has already been siloed. As a result, my education as a developer at Flashpoint has never waned.

At the same time, I appreciate how I’m able to apply the solutions our team builds toward fascinating datasets in the rapidly-evolving worlds of cybersecurity, physical security, online jihadism, and countless other use cases for Business Risk Intelligence. This means I come to work everyday with a sense of purpose, urgency, and deeper familiarity with the wild stories we read in the news and the broader trends that shape our society.

Do you have any hobbies?
I am an avid professional basketball and tennis fan, if only for the fans’ and athletes’ colorful personalities and for my rooting for periodic underdogs, Cinderella stories, and upsets. I also love to read non-fiction and biographies because I’ve always been fascinated with what people decide to do with their short time on Earth.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I think most people I meet are surprised by just how much I care about Keanu Reeves’s established status as a great actor. He has an impeccable filmography and trains diligently for his roles, but perhaps he has an even better reputation off-screen amongst his acting peers. Plus, I’d say he has defined the Hollywood role of outsider and personified reflection of a flawed community. Sometimes I use Keanu’s lightning rod acting status as a litmus test for someone’s capability to empathize with that which he dislikes. This quality is especially crucial in an intelligence career!

 

Flashpoint Engineering is hiring! Learn more our open roles here.

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