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 / Chief Product Officer
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.
Donald Saelinger
Donald Saelinger is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Flashpoint’s growth and scale. In this role, Donald leads a broad portfolio including Marketing, Customer Success, Revenue Operations, Legal and related functions, and is focused on helping the company execute on a go-to-market approach that maximizes value to our customers. Prior to Flashpoint, Donald served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Endgame, Inc., an endpoint detection and response company acquired by Elastic N.V. in 2019, and where he led a range of teams focused on growth, scale, and legal and compliance matters. Donald also previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Opower, Inc. (NYSE: OPWR), a global provider of SaaS solutions to electric and gas utilities that was acquired by Oracle, Inc. in 2016. Donald graduated from Columbia University in 2000 and received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006.
Rob Reznick
SVP 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
SVP 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
SVP 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
SVP 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 sales, marketing, partnerships, customer success, and finance 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.
Matthew Howell
VP of Product
Matthew Howell leads the Product Management and Product Marketing teams for Flashpoint. He is responsible for developing a strong team that drives product adoption and user engagement through outcome based prioritization, continuous process improvement, and metrics driven development. Matthew brings a passion for diverse ideas, experience launching B2B SaaS products, building integration ecosystems, supporting five 9s SLAs, and leading distributed teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Virginia
Glenn Lemons
Executive Director, Strategic Accounts Engagement
Glenn Lemons is Executive Director, Strategic Accounts Engagement 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.
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.
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.
Matt Devost
Currently, Devost serves as CEO & Co-Founder of OODA LLC as well as a review board member for Black Hat. In 2010, he co-founded the cybersecurity consultancy FusionX LLC which was acquired by Accenture in August 2015, where he went on to lead Accenture's Global Cyber Defense practice. Devost also founded the Terrorism Research Center in 1996 where he served as President and CEO until November 2008 and held founding or leadership roles at iDefense, iSIGHT Partners, Total Intel, SDI, Tulco Holdings, and Technical Defense.

Insider Threat Programs Can Sniff Out Malicious Firmware

Business Risk Intelligence (BRI)
August 2, 2018

Last month, security researcher Mickey Shkatov posted a video demonstrating how he was able to install malicious firmware on a device in fewer than four minutes. Commonly known as an evil maid attack, such an attack is based on a scenario where someone breaks into a hotel room to gain physical access to a laptop left behind. Naturally, this type of attack isn’t limited to hotel rooms; it could happen anywhere.

On the surface, malicious firmware doesn’t really seem to be within the purview of an insider threat program (ITP), but it most certainly is. Many assume the term insider means that the scope of an ITP is limited to a company’s employees, contractors, suppliers, or anyone else with legitimate access to company assets or infrastructure. However, an ITP is also useful for detecting people who are external to your company, but use things such as malicious firmware, for example, to access and nose around your network posing as a credentialed user.

Years ago, when I was helping to establish my first ITP, an important part of this process was building relationships between my program and stakeholders across the company. I would tell members of other teams—data loss prevention, security operations, and human resources, to name a few—that my role was not to own controls around their processes, but rather to supplement their work by serving as a secondary, detective control. Sitting between a number of groups and combining their data, I explained, would provide me with unique insights that may even help make their lives a little easier and the company a little more secure.

These unique insights are exactly why malicious firmware and related threats should be within the scope of your ITP. The evil maid attack demonstrates how an ITP can be particularly useful for keeping devices secure during travel. For example, if a traveling user’s device is infected with malicious firmware, the attacker could then use the device to connect to your company’s network, harvest credentials and other data stored on the device for later use, and/or install malicious functionality that could lay dormant in the short-term before inflicting substantial damage later on.

The good news is that providing your ITP with visibility into your company’s travel policies, post-travel monitoring processes, and related datasets can help your company effectively combat malicious firmware infections, evil maid attacks, and similar threats. Here are a few examples that illustrate this concept:

Many companies aim to protect company-issued devices from malicious firmware infections by restricting or prohibiting device usage during travel, but such policies aren’t foolproof. When I was leading an ITP in the financial industry, I once observed a user who appeared to be located in China checking email from a company-issued laptop. At the time, this company had no employees located in China, no employees traveling in China for business purposes, and a policy that prohibited employees from bringing company-issued devices on vacation.

As a result, the company was quick to assume that a Chinese threat actor had penetrated the network. But because this company had previously provided its ITP, and therefore me, with visibility into travel-related and similar datasets, I was able to confirm that the user in question was not a Chinese threat actor, but rather an employee vacationing in China who was simply unaware of the travel policy.

Furthermore, many companies also block IP addresses from countries deemed high-risk, but this measure won’t prevent users—or, in the case of an evil maid attack, malicious actors with physical access to a user’s device—from accessing the company VPN while traveling in high-risk countries. VPNs obscure users’ locations, and although VPN administrators generally have access to data that includes VPN users’ identification, they are unlikely to have the demographic data necessary to identify VPN connections that occur from high-risk locations or are otherwise suspicious.

But in most cases, an ITP will have access to such demographic data, which, when combined with VPN data, can enable the ITP to identify VPN connections from countries that are foreign to the user. In fact, several years ago, I was asked to demonstrate this capability firsthand in order to justify the need for integrating VPN data into the company’s ITP. My demo revealed 12 different users with recent VPN sessions on unapproved devices from countries that were foreign to them. Needless to say, the company agreed to provide my team with access to VPN data moving forward.

There are a number of additional ways in which VPN data can reveal invaluable indicators when integrated with an ITP. In particular, it can identify concurrent logins that occur from geographically dispersed locations. This type of indicator could point to an outsider who accessed the network using credentials stolen from a legitimate user’s device during an evil maid attack, for example. Other datasets such as domestic traffic, atypical logins based on time or day, or unusual IP addresses can also help an ITP identify additional useful indicators. False positives, however, are not uncommon within any dataset, which is why it’s important for your ITP to evaluate the context and relevance of every resulting indicator and be prepared to triage accordingly.

Each example I described above underscores that in order to be truly effective, an ITP needs to be integrated with as many datasets and business functions as possible throughout an organization. And while my examples highlight the value of an ITP in the context of malicious firmware and travel-related security issues, you can apply the same basic principles to support countless other use cases across the enterprise.

But, before you set out to do that, be prepared to encounter what has become a difficult reality for many ITP practitioners. In most cases, integrating additional datasets into your ITP framework is fairly straightforward. Your biggest challenges, however, will likely stem from the bureaucratic and often siloed structure of many corporate environments. Obtaining the permissions, resources, and staffing you’ll need may feel like an uphill battle. This is why it’s so important to have patience, be collaborative, and clearly communicate the value that a new dataset will bring to your ITP, the data owners, and the company as a whole. And above all else, keep an open mind—remember that an effective ITP is always developing and never truly complete.


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