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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.
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.
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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.

Flashpoint’s Road to Becoming an Indispensable, Trusted Partner

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January 6, 2020

By Josh Lefkowitz

For 10 years, Flashpoint has been on a steady upward trajectory, establishing itself as not only the foremost provider of business risk intelligence (BRI), but also entrenching itself as a trusted partner to its valued customers. That’s a legacy borne out of a commitment to growing alongside clients, adapting to vigorously serve organizations in varied industries, and strategically positioning the company to meet future challenges.

As we hit our second decade, we do so with unprecedented momentum. We exit 2019 on the shoulders of our strongest year to date, superb validation of the progress we made throughout the year in bolstering our platform with new capabilities, developing pivotal technology integrations, and establishing new partnerships with service providers. All of this secures Flashpoint’s position as an indispensable ally against the internet’s biggest threats.

Now that we’ve flipped the calendar, I’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the milestones Flashpoint reached in 2019:

Products and Partners, Data and Dashboards

The trust forged with our customers begins with our vigilant and continual assessment of the dynamic nature of attacks and visibility into the corners of the internet where threats to businesses, extremism, and other illicit activities are hatched. We craft that information into finished, contextual intelligence to help organizations make informed decisions, as well as share the technical data that our analysts use on a daily basis.

To better serve our customers’ needs, we made strides on a number of fronts in 2019, starting with additions to our platform that included new dashboards and analytics, expanded datasets, chat services and communities, and enhanced industry alerting to help organizations consume data and automate intelligence.

—Dashboards: Our new card shops, vulnerabilities, and risk intelligence observables (RIOs) dashboards provide a one-pane view into information and technical data to help organizations prioritize incident response. This is especially relevant with regard to our CVE dashboard, which organizations may use to bring order to patch management and address vulnerabilities in a timely, efficient manner. Visibility into threat-actor discussions about particular CVEs enables the proper allocation of resources in order to patch bugs that are critical to the business.

—Chat and Communities Data: Recognizing that cybercriminals and extremists don’t exclusively operate on closed and invite-only parts of the internet, we made a concerted effort to ramp up collections against chat services platforms, as well as social news aggregation and discussion sites. Access to around-the-clock conversations within threat-actor chat channels are essential to monitor and gain insights across threat-actor communities. The same goes for our enhanced collections from social news aggregation and discussion websites leveraged by both open and deep and dark web communities.

—Integrations: We also announced significant integrations in 2019, bringing our contextualized technical indicators and intelligence to leading SIEM solutions such as IBM QRadar and Splunk, while enhancing existing relationships with threat intelligence platform (TIP) providers ThreatConnect, ThreatQuotient, and Anomali.

—Partnerships: In December, Flashpoint announced an expansion of our capabilities for managed security services providers (MSSPs), designing and launching an offering that brings technical data and intelligence to core service provider offerings such as log monitoring, vulnerability management, incident response, and threat hunting. Our intelligence and technical data complements an MSSP’s traditional network monitoring and detection solutions by filling critical information gaps.

People and Peer Validation

Flashpoint’s commitment to mitigating threats and managing risk in critical industries requires amazing talent with invaluable experience. 2019 was an important year for Flashpoint and we are thrilled to have welcomed hires  such as former Walmart senior director of CTI Mike Smola, longtime security sales executive Ian Schenkel, and veteran financial services security and intelligence professional Curtis Gartenmann.

The industry also took notice of Flashpoint’s leadership and innovation in 2019, bestowing upon the company a number of awards and recognition, including:

Associate Company of the Year designation by the Retail and Hospitality ISAC

• American Security Today’s ASTORS Homeland Security Award for Best IT Threat Intelligence Solution for the Flashpoint Intelligence Platform

• A spot on CRN’s Women of the Channel list for the second time for senior director of worldwide channels and partnerships Ayesha Prakash, as well as Channel Partners’s Top Gun 51 Channel Executives list

• SC Media’s Reboot Leadership “Rising Star” Award given to associate product manager and former intelligence analyst Amina Bashir

Delivering Indispensable Research and Services

While our technical data addresses our customers’ and partners’ needs on many fronts, our analysts and researchers were also at the forefront of mission-critical work in 2019. Not only did they deliver important and insightful research derived from our access to threat-actor communities on the internet, but also in service of our customers dealing with threats gripping businesses of all sizes, most notably, ransomware.

Ransomware took a decidedly targeted turn in 2019, with state and local governments front-and-center, along with the education sector, financials, and healthcare. Proudly, Flashpoint was able to help many victims navigate these attacks and restore systems and operations to working order.

Fraud activity also turned a nefarious corner with SIM swapping and account takeover elevated to mainstream concerns. SIM swap in particular emerged as more and more victims were falling victims to these decidedly non-technical attacks that instead blend a devastating cocktail of social engineering, malicious insiders, and fraud to leave victims in dire straights. Flashpoint director of research Allison Nixon remains in a pivotal role identifying SIM swap campaigns and the evolution of this threat to businesses and consumers.

And while new threats emerge every year, some such as credit card fraud maintain their viability among threat actors who buy and sell stolen payment card information. Joker’s Stash remains the internet’s largest and busiest card shop, and Flashpoint’s research into its activity was a vital, trusted instrument for fraud teams in 2019 in order to analyze breaches and curtail their impact. This research in tandem with our new card shops dashboard brings Flashpoint’s customers essential visibility into this activity.

Looking Ahead

Flashpoint turns 10 years old in 2020 and we couldn’t have asked for a better launchpad than our strongest year to date. We’ve expanded long-term engagements with a number of customers across industries, all of whom demonstrated their vision and belief that Flashpoint is the trusted partner they can rely upon to deliver timely intelligence that informs decisions that protect employees, customers, and the business from threats on the internet.

We’ll continue to expand those relationships with our customers and partners, and invest in the development of our platform’s capabilities, expansion of our data collections, and continue to engage and support customers worldwide. We’re eager and excited to share this journey with them.

Josh Lefkowitz

Josh Lefkowitz

Chief Executive Officer

Josh Lefkowitz is the CEO of Flashpoint, which delivers Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) to empower organizations worldwide with meaningful intelligence and information that combats threats and adversaries. Lefkowitz has worked extensively with authorities to track and analyze terrorist groups. He has also served as a consultant to the FBI’s senior management team and worked for a top tier, global investment bank. Lefkowitz holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Williams College.

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