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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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Hackathon V: A Retrospective

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April 12, 2018

Flashpoint’s regularly scheduled internal hackathons have evolved into popular events where employees get to stretch their hacking and tinkering muscles, innovate a little, as well as break some stuff too in the name of collaboration and fun. The most recent, Hackathon V, was held March 8-12 and employees from across all departments participated in projects ranging from physical hacks to code writing.

“The Hackathon brings out the underlying hacker culture that you always sense is at Flashpoint,” said research developer Max Aliapoulios. “It’s all about breaking things and putting them back together, thinking about problems differently, learning something totally new, or working really well as a team that you haven’t had the opportunity to be part of previously. Since Day One, Flashpoint introduced me to this hacker culture, and I am really grateful for that.”

Software engineer Ruth Fombrun said she appreciates how colleagues are curious about the physical things around them, and how hackathons provide a departure from spending days writing code and working with abstract concepts. “Like most kids, we still find it fun to take something apart, tinker with it, and experiment to figure out how it works,” she said.

All Flashpointers are encouraged to participate in our hackathons. “The collaborative spirit definitely reflects Flashpoint’s culture of innovation, ingenuity, and teamwork,” says IT administrator Rachel Viniar. “Participating in a hackathon is a ton of fun and really good for me as a person who loves expanding my skills however I can.”

Max, Ruth, and Rachel were members of the winning Hackathon V team, alongside senior intelligence analyst Ken Wolf, director of product Gene Radin, and software engineer Greg Busanus. For Greg, who works remotely from Delaware and traveled to Flashpoint’s New York headquarters to participate in Hackathon V, the competition was an especially valuable opportunity to collaborate with colleagues he doesn’t normally interact with.

“I’m really glad that I came into the office for this hackathon,” says Greg. “Working remotely means that I don’t end up discussing anything unrelated to work with my colleagues, so it was really nice to hang out with some of the people that I work with regularly like Gene and Max. It also was a great opportunity to get to hang out with people that I haven’t had much of an excuse to talk to, like Ruth and Rachel,” he adds.

Going Inside the Hack of a Connected Appliance

Inspired by an episode of Silicon Valley where a character uses a brute-force login attack to hack his way into a smart refrigerator, this all-star team set out to break into an IoT-connected appliance in Flashpoint’s office. The team saw this endeavor as a particularly poignant project given the increasing importance of IoT security as technologies become increasingly interconnected.

Before beginning, the team took precautions to avoid electrocution and a plumbing disaster. They also disconnected the Ethernet cable to avoid tipping off the manufacturer to any tampering, and kept a detailed changelog of their activities in order to avoid doing anything they wouldn’t be able to undo.

The team opened the back panel of the machine using a thick plastic straw from a novelty Halloween cup borrowed from intelligence analyst Liv Rowley. After sorting through some shoddy assembly, the team learned the appliance’s touch screen was an Android tablet connected to an Arduino board that connected to the internet as well as the appliance’s physical components. An unused USB port allowed the team to connect a keyboard and monitor and eventually by pressing alt+esc, the team was able to display the tablet’s home screen.

Image 1: The lockpicking tool used to open the appliance.
Image 1: The lockpicking tool used to open the appliance.

The appliance was running a native Android app, leading the team to download the Android Debug Bridge in order to connect to the device, communicate with it, download the app to a team member’s Macbook and convert it from an APK file to a .smali file.

Image 2: Simple diagram of how the Android tablet connects to the internet and the appliance’s physical components via an Arduino board.
Image 2: Simple diagram of how the Android tablet connects to the internet and the appliance’s physical components via an Arduino board.

Using an Android emulator for macOS, the team sifted through thousands of lines of code to figure out how to get the tablet to display their code changes. Trial and error resulted in many changes working in the emulator, but installing a modified version of the app onto the tablet proved to be a roadblock without uninstalling the existing app controlling the appliance. Despite being able to remotely control the appliance from the Macbook, the team decided not to risk destroying the appliance by installing their version of the app.

The exercise did bear some fruit; the tablet was running on an outdated version of Android that had not been patched since December 2015 and it contained up to 234 documented vulnerabilities. After concluding their experiment, the team did some network sniffing and was able to confirm that that no indication of unusual activity was sent to the appliance manufacturer meaning that they had succeeded in avoiding detection.

Real-World IoT Security Implications

The winning team’s efforts illustrated some real-world implications of faulty IoT security starting with the lack of patches and authentication measures, to the unnecessary presence of USB outlets, a camera and microphone, all of which allowed for unfettered access and tampering by third parties. This underscores the importance of proactively considering security during the early stages of product development. An IoT security incident could have led to significant reputational damage, so retailers are encouraged to work closely with manufacturers to establish and uphold stringent security standards.

An Exercise in Creative Problem Solving and Team Building

Hackathons provide technically minded Flashpointers with an opportunity to demonstrate their hands-on approach to creative problem solving.

“In theory, we could have spent all day googling things to figure out how to reset the appliance, put it into test mode, or get it to do wonky things, but it’s more fun to just plug different cables into different ports and see how the device reacts,” said Ruth. “I use an iPhone, Macbook, and iPad. I’d been team Apple for years and never really played with Google Android devices. After realizing it was an Android tablet, we realized we could leverage what we know about how Android tablets work to hack our way into it.”

Greg views the hackathons as a reflection of Flashpoint’s commitment to fostering personal and professional development. “The fact that Flashpoint allows us to spend a few days working on projects that are interesting to us, but may not directly benefit the company shows that they trust us not only to not break anything too badly and get our real work done, even if we spend a few days experimenting around in different areas.”

Other team members also emphasized the team-building value of deviating from their typical responsibilities to collaborate on experimental projects. “In the daily grind of GSDR [Getting Stuff Done Right], you may not realize how many hidden talents your colleagues have up their sleeves,” adds Max. “It feels good to succeed with a fresh team that you just started collaborating with a few days ago. I really enjoy watching when everyone is able to quickly establish their role within a team and succeed collectively.”

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Mike Mimoso

Editorial Director

Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.
Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.
Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. 

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