Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with the fastest, most comprehensive coverage of threatening activity on the internet. 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 Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Camacho leads the company’s global sales team, which includes solution architecture, business development, strategic integrations, partnerships, and revenue operations; he is also the architect of Flashpoint’s 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 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 Strategy and 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.
Paul Farley
Paul Farley is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of Flashpoint's international business, including Australia, Japan, and Singapore. In his role at Flashpoint, Paul is executing growth-oriented sales strategies across multiple countries and vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial. Paul has extensive experience leading regional sales for both pre-IPO growth businesses and large organizations such as RSA, EMC and DELL.
Steven Cooperman
VP Public Sector Sales
Steven Cooperman is responsible for Flashpoint’s strategy and sales growth of its public sector business. He also supports the development of a robust partner ecosystem for public sector business to deliver value added offerings and innovation focused to the mission of government. Steven has an established and diverse career in the Public Sector, holding leadership positions at a number of successful enterprise software companies and Federal System Integrators, including ServiceNow, HP, Oracle and Northrop Grumman. He holds an MA in Analytic Geography from the State University of New York - Binghamton, and received his BS in Geology from the State University - Oneonta.
Matthew Howell
VP 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.

With Kaseya Ransomware Attack, REvil Dismisses Mounting Global Scrutiny with More Large-Scale Targets

July 9, 2021

REvil Ransomware Group Takes Down Kaseya in Massive Supply Chain Attack

On July 2, 2021, the Russian ransomware extortionist threat group “REvil” (aka, “Sodinokibi” or “Sodin”) launched a ransomware attack against the technology provider, Kaseya, compromising and distributing malware through Kaseya’s VSA remote software and patch management tool. REvil initially made a $70M demand—later lowered to $50M—for a universal decryptor, as well as ransoms for individual organization victims of between $50,000 to $5M, based on organization size. 

Following the attack, Kaseya shut down its software-as-a-service (SaaS) servers and provided a detection tool for clients to check their systems for indications of compromise. Due to the immense scale and complexity of the attack, REvil failed to delete many victims’ backups and/or steal their data. As a result, relatively few victim organizations have opted to pay the ransom so far. 

As of this posting, both ransomware negotiations and efforts to recover locked systems remain ongoing with Kaseya. Despite multiple setbacks, Kaseya again reset its timetable to restore the SaaS version of Kaseya VSA on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Third-Party Ripple Effects Extend Victim Count 

According to Kaseya, approximately 800 to 1,500 organizations were effectively compromised by the ransomware either directly or via their managed service providers (MSPs), which provide third-party IT security and technical support to other small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). 

Sweden appears to be one of the hardest-hit countries, with the ransomware attack forcing the retail chain Coop to close its 800 stores for several days and an ongoing recovery effort that will likely take weeks to be fully operational once again. The attack has reached at least seventeen countries known to date. 

Zero-Day Use Signals Escalating Ransomware Attack Sophistication

An uncommon tactic in ransomware campaigns historically, REvil operators made use of a zero-day vulnerability, now identified as CVE-2021-30116 to successfully carry out the attack on Kaseya. In the attack chain, REvil’s dropper hijacks a legitimate Windows Defender process to launch a malicious dynamic-link library (DLL) file, using exceptions granted to Kaseya’s working folders to avoid detection.

The time, technical skills, and resources that are required to identify and leverage previously unknown exploits are costs that most financially motivated ransomware collectives aren’t willing to commit—and why most zero-day attacks are carried out by nation-state threat actors. This is also why some see the attack on Kaseya as “a revolution in sophistication” for ransomware operations.

Learn more about Flashpoint Threat Response and Readiness to prepare and manage your response to ransomware attacks whenever they strike.

July 4th Timing and Russian Protectionism Contrast Intensifying Global Scrutiny

The REvil ransomware attack occurred less than two weeks after US President Joe Biden issued a stern warning to Russia and President Vladimir Putin that the US would begin to hold Russia responsible for ransomware attacks emanating from Russia.

The possible symbolic timing of the attack on Friday, July 2, 2021, coinciding with the beginning of the long weekend for the U.S. national holiday that celebrates the country’s Independence Day on July 4th also did not go unnoticed. In fact, one REvil spokesperson known as “Unknown” responded with the words “Happy Independence Day” to a user’s post on the forum XSS that shared an article about the attack.

REvil Coded Ransomware to Avoid Russian and Former USSR Systems

According to a detailed analysis by Trustwave published on July 7th, REvil made concerted efforts to safeguard regional entities and former Soviet Union countries in coding and preparing this ransomware attack on Kaseya. These efforts included purposefully written code to ensure the associated malware would bypass and avoid any systems using Russian—or any of seventeen other related languages and dialects, including Belarusian, Romanian, and Ukrainian—as the primary default language. While safeguarding tactics like this are far from novel, employed in attacks for at least several years at this point, they can help further contextualize the intent and implications of the attack and the attackers.

US CISA and FBI Issue Joint Advisory for MSPs Following the Attack

On July 4th, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and FBI issued a joint advisory for MSPs, advising MSPs to enforce multifactor authentication for both inside and customer-facing accounts, implement allow-listing, and protect administrative interfaces of remote monitoring and management (RMM) by placing them behind firewalls or virtual private networks (VPNs).

More Recent REvil Ransomware Activity

REvil has been responsible for several high-visibility ransomware incidents in recent months, including the following events and Flashpoint coverage: 

  • REvil successfully extorts Brazilian meat supplier, JBS, for $11M. In late May 2021, the ransomware group successfully carried out a ransomware attack against JBS, taking down its global operations. Ultimately, this attack resulted in the company paying the $11M ransom to REvil in June 2021.
  • Popular cybercriminal forums ban ransomware groups (including REvil). With global scrutiny of ransomware intensifying following a series of high-profile attacks, many of the most popular cybercriminal forums—including XSS, Exploit, and Raid—all opt to ban the discussion and advertisement of ransomware on their channels.
  • DarkSide ransomware holds strong links to REvil ransomware. DarkSide’s close links to REvil emerge in the aftermath of DarkSide’s ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, which took offline more than five thousand miles of its gas pipelines systems in the US in May 2021.
  • Flashpoint covers REvil’s escalating attack and extortion techniques. As part of its ongoing Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) operations, REvil made a series of announcements in February and March 2021 about new capabilities it was adding to its ransomware arsenal. These new offerings included new or enhanced support for English-language negotiations, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, phoning extortion services, and access to “tier 1” networks with revenue greater than $1 billion USD.
  • In a cybercriminal forum Q&A, REvil discusses its business and move to RaaS. In a lengthy, Q&A-style interview on October 24, 2020, a REvil spokesperson opened up about the ransomware collective, its operations, and its business rationale for switching to a license-based selling model to achieve better economies of scale for the ransomware tools that it offers.

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