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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.
Brian Costello
SVP Global Partnerships and U.S. Public Sector
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 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.

Flashpoint’s Use Case-Driven Approach to Intelligence Fuels 2019 Company Growth and Market Evolution

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April 2, 2019

By Josh Lefkowitz

The threat intelligence market has significantly evolved since we started Flashpoint in 2010. At that time, our founding team focused on applying what we had learned from our work supporting the public sector.

Initially, we primarily provided intelligence gleaned from scouring the deep and dark web for malicious activity to cyber threat intelligence (CTI) teams, many in the financial services industry. It didn’t take long for us to start expanding to CTI teams in other verticals—which is now at a count of 22—and also realize that we had an opportunity to do much more for organizations than supporting only the cyber security teams.

Building on that foundation and seeing the relevance of our work to other teams, we endeavored to make our vision of Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) a reality. BRI is unique in our industry in that it provides intelligence and data to not only CTI teams but also to diverse teams across the organization.

Fast-forward a few years, and an ever-growing number of customers are requiring support across diverse teams and use cases — in addition to CTI, Flashpoint now supports fraud, insider threat, corporate & physical security, third-party risk, and M&A teams with intelligence they can automate and easily consume to mitigate business risk.

The market is following this mantra, further evidenced by recent research from Gartner that advises customers to look at use cases before looking at technology in order to best mitigate risk. In my opinion, the days of pushing only automated feeds or indicators without context to a customer are limited. The industry needs fewer false positives and more focused use cases.

Indeed, this observation of use case-driven intelligence is largely what drove both Flashpoint’s record-breaking first quarter of 2019, as well as the innovation and value we delivered to customers.

Delivering BRI Worldwide

I am extremely proud of our sales organization as it once again exceeded its quarterly bookings target, resulting in the largest Q1 in company history! It was inspiring to see so many satisfied customers renew their business with us in 2019, as well as to meet so many new customers who also believe in our vision of BRI and how it can help their organizations.

Our continued global growth was once again supported by our channel partners, a phenomenal network of resellers, distributors, solution providers and systems integrators worldwide. I’d like to especially welcome our newest partners, SPECTRAMI in EMEA and emt Distribution in Asia Pacific, and acknowledge the robust go-to-market they have already built with our team.

Delivering More Value to Customers

Our product and engineering teams raced into Q1 with exceptional energy, releasing a bevy of new features to our platform delivering substantial customer value. A highly improved API that now includes our high value technical indicators in addition to our Risk Intelligence Observables (RIOs), forums, finished intelligence, and other data, enables customers to develop more easily on our platform and better leverage our data in integrations. All these enhancements complement our more refined use case-driven intelligence packages, which are designed to maximize the value organizations get from our intelligence and data.

Customers agree with the results of our innovation thus far:

“Flashpoint stands alone when it comes to the diversity of its offerings, and the way that it can support different types of organizations, industries, and teams, in assessing and addressing their intelligence requirements,” said DJ Goldsworthy, Director of Security Operations and Threat Management at Aflac.

“Organizations and teams across every industry are having to assess and address a larger number of potential threats than ever before,” said Michael Antico, Chief Information Security Officer of a biometric company. “It is incredibly important to use a wide variety of unique data sources when evaluating these threats, but the true benefit of having a partner like Flashpoint is its ability to help us understand how we can immediately action them.”

While customer satisfaction is the most important measure of our business, we are also honored to have been named as a finalist for “Best Threat Intelligence Technology” in this year’s SC Awards US, which occurred last month, as well as in SC Awards Europe, which take place in London in June.

Delivering Groundbreaking Research and Analysis

Our intelligence analyst teams continued to unearth and share critical insights that earned well-deserved recognition from our customers and the industry in Q1. Most notably our Director of Research, Allison Nixon, received the “Most Important Researchers in the Last 30 Years Award” in the SC Media 30th Anniversary Awards presented at RSA Conference. Allison and her team’s initial work tracking and attributing the Mirai botnet also earned Flashpoint the “Most Important Cybersecurity Discoveries by a Company Research Team” award from the same program.

Also during RSAC, our Director of Intelligence, Christopher “Tophs” Elisan, and our Director of Americas Research & Analysis, Ian Gray, presented new research during the conference’s emerging threats track. Tophs dug into GandCrab as part of “Exploit Kits, Malware ROI and the Shift in Attack Vectors,” presented with Lior Ben-Porat and Daniel Frank, security researchers at Microsoft and F5 Networks, respectively. Ian presented with Carles Lopez-Penalver of Chainalysis on “Bitcoin Por Favor: Cybercriminal Usage of Cryptocurrency in Latin America.”

Noteworthy contributions also came from principal researchers Joshua Platt and Jason Reaves. Their reporting on DMSniff, a previously unseen point-of-sale malware, as well as on a new attack panel and malware samples linked to notorious cybercrime gang FIN7, was not only hailed for its utility across the industry—it was also featured in numerous top-tier publications ranging from ZDNet, to Politico, to Forbes.

Other research and analysis highlights from Q1 include:

Senior analyst Cheng Lu’s overview of threat-actor chatter surrounding the recent WinRAR vulnerability and the implications for CVE prioritization;

Director of Americas research & analysis Ian Gray’s reporting on the use of encrypted messaging applications among cybercriminals in Latin America;

Senior analyst Aaron Shraberg’s examination of how geopolitical issues and economic tensions shape cyber threat activity in Asia Pacific;

Director of research Allison Nixon’s observations of the DDoS-for-hire landscape;

Principal advisor Eric Lackey’s reporting on the rise of insider threat as a vector for economic espionage.

It has been a tremendous start to 2019 for Flashpoint. I’m extremely proud of the impact our team has been able to make on the industry in the myriad ways we support our customers’ needs. In both our partners and our customers, we find passionate individuals who continue to share in our mission of providing and applying BRI across an organization to combat threats and adversaries. As the market continues its evolution of recognizing how intelligence can benefit teams across organizations, Flashpoint intends to be at the forefront of helping our customers take advantage of the best intelligence and data every step of the way.

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Josh Lefkowitz

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Josh Lefkowitz is the Chief Executive Officer of Flashpoint, where he executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) derived from the Deep & Dark Web. 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.

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