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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
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 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.
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.
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 and Solution 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 Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Revenue Operations team 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.
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.

Finished Intelligence: A Cornerstone for Effective Decision-Making

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August 29, 2019

By Matthew Howell

Producing timely, relevant, and actionable intelligence at scale is integral to the success of an intelligence program, but it simply isn’t feasible for many organizations due to the extensive resources, bandwidth, and subject-matter expertise it requires. That’s why finished intelligence is a core component of Flashpoint’s Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) offerings.

A view of the finished intelligence library within the Flashpoint Intelligence Platform. Users can find reports relevant to their team through our keyword search functionality and personalized topic filters.
A view of the finished intelligence library within the Flashpoint Intelligence Platform. Users can find reports relevant to their team through our keyword search functionality and personalized topic filters.

Unlike automated threat feeds or keyword alerts, finished intelligence is actionable reporting primed for stakeholder decision-making. And at Flashpoint, our finished intelligence is the product of our analysts’ specialized subject-matter expertise and our comprehensive collection strategy that spans illicit communities across the deep and dark web (DDW), encrypted chat services, and open-web sources. Based on their latest observations from within these communities—and in alignment with our customers’ intelligence requirements—our analysts publish dozens of finished intelligence reports each week, directly within the Flashpoint Intelligence Platform.

Report topics and categories generally include, but are not limited to, the following:

Tactics, Techniques, and Procedure (TTP) Insights

Since threat actors operate around the world and in a number of languages, producing comprehensive intelligence requires a team of specialized analysts who understand the native language and underground slang of adversaries in key regions in order to identify significant developments. Moreover, since many threat-actor communities are fraught with spam, false claims, and other noise, analysts must have a discerning eye and nuanced understanding of these communities’ inner workings and cultural dynamics in order to assess which information is credible, timely, and relevant.

Flashpoint’s analyst team has the specialized expertise needed to elicit these insights. By leveraging our collections across the underground communities where adversaries exchange advice, tutorials, compromised datasets, malicious tools, and other resources, our analysts provide customers with unique insights into evolving cybercrime TTPs. They help describe trends such as shifting attack methods and marketplace pricing trends in order to help teams anticipate and defend against evolving threats.

Flashpoint analysts report on a wide range of threat-actor TTPs, including the pricing of goods and services on DDW forums and marketplaces.
Flashpoint analysts report on a wide range of threat-actor TTPs, including the pricing of goods and services on DDW forums and marketplaces.

Malware Analysis

Indicators of compromise (IOCs) are still an essential tool to combat evolving malware threats, but on their own, they present an incomplete picture. That’s why Flashpoint analysts supplement IOCs (provided in CSV, MISP JSON formats via the Flashpoint API) with insight into the behavior of emerging malware, along with an assessment of the risk it presents and recommended mitigations for defenders.

In addition to publishing in-depth analyses of high-profile malware strains, Flashpoint also summarizes the week’s most-discussed families of malware—indicating which threat actors are selling them on which marketplaces and any recent updates to their functionality, features, or pricing—in a weekly report shared with customers.

Trending Vulnerabilities Reports

When it comes to risk-based vulnerability prioritization, one of the most important factors to consider is the extent to which threat actors are discussing a vulnerability. In addition to delivering nearly real-time visibility into these discussions through Flashpoint’s CVE Dashboard, we also provide customers with monthly Trending Vulnerabilities Reports that detail the most-discussed vulnerabilities of the past month, along with commentary on related threat-actor activities and an assessment of the potential impact of these vulnerabilities.

Threat-Actor Profiles

Whether you’re dealing with high-profile cybercriminals, state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) actors, or ideologically motivated extremist groups, understanding the adversary is critical. Our Threat-Actor Profile reports share analyst insight on prominent actors’ history, preferred tactics, targeting methods, underground presence, and known ties to other adversaries.

Geopolitical Developments

Volatile relations involving nation states and extremist groups can have profound implications for governments and private-sector businesses alike. Flashpoint analysts leverage their geopolitical expertise, linguistic capabilities, and visibility into the underground operations of politically motivated cyber and physical threat actors to deliver ongoing reporting on developments of interest to our customers.

Flashpoint analysts report on a wide range of geopolitical developments, including ongoing, Iran-related tensions in the Middle East.
Flashpoint analysts report on a wide range of geopolitical developments, including ongoing, Iran-related tensions in the Middle East.

Flash Assessments

Finished intelligence comprises the core of Flashpoint’s business risk intelligence reporting. But these reports take time to curate and produce, and in the minutes and hours following an alleged breach, physical security incident, or other significant event, defenders need answers right away. That’s why Flashpoint supplements its finished intelligence reporting with timely flash assessments, which provide customers with relevant details as soon as they’re available, along with analyst commentary. As more information about a threat is discovered, Flashpoint analysts (and customers) share updates through Flashpoint’s FPCollab information-sharing community.

Daily Standups

Open-source news sites are a valuable resource for keeping up with which threats are making headlines, but digging around for articles relevant to your organization can be a time-consuming distraction. That’s why Flashpoint provides customers with Daily Standup briefings that provide concise summaries of the latest headlines, supplemented by insightful analyst commentary and links to dig further into a story.

As an integral component of our BRI offerings, Flashpoint’s finished intelligence library works in tandem with our other offerings—including our community and marketplace datasets, Flashpoint Professional Services, API, curated analyst alerts, and our request for information (RFI) service—to provide defenders with the nuanced knowledge they need to make smart decisions.

To learn how Business Risk Intelligence can help your team address its own unique needs and challenges, contact us here.

 

Matthew Howell

Senior Director of Product

Matthew Howell is the Senior Director of Product for Flashpoint, where he brings a passion for new ideas, outcome-based prioritization, continuous process improvement, and metrics-driven development. Matthew has experience launching commercial products, building integration ecosystems, supporting five 9s SLAs, and leading distributed teams.

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