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.

How No-Code Automation Bridges the Security-Threat Intelligence Gap

July 20, 2021

The Future of Threat Intelligence is Automated

There’s a serious gap between insight and action for security teams today. While the strategic and tactical insight that threat intelligence generates is valuable, too often it remains locked in static reports or lost in the stream of feeds inundating SOC analysts.

This is where automation comes in: automation unlocks the full value of threat intelligence by shortening the time, steps, and resources needed to execute swift, effective action at every stage of the threat intelligence lifecycle. Now with the rise of no-code automation, security and intelligence teams can extend this value even further. As the name implies, no-code automation eliminates the need for custom software development and makes it easy for anyone to design and build automation into their daily tasks and team operations, without any prior programming or similar technical experience.

No-Code Automation Security Threat Intelligence Gap, 2021

Q&A with Flashpoint’s Chief Automation Officer

The threat intelligence applications of no-code automation are endless. To dive deeper into no-code automation, we sat down with Flashpoint’s own Chief Automation Officer, Austin McDaniel, to ask him about the current and future state of this emerging technology trend, how Flashpoint plans to leverage the value of this technology in its platform, and how all of this ultimately benefits security and intelligence teams in terms of tangible ROI.

1) What Is “No-Code” Automation? Isn’t It Just SOAR?

In short, no-code automation democratizes software engineering and custom software development. While security, orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) tools also connect disparate systems and applications similar to no-code, effective implementations often require significant professional services and training, with organizations ultimately exchanging security analysts for more engineers.

No-code automation enables all users—technical and non-technical alike—to design and implement automation into their daily tasks and workflows on their own without the need for extensive training and experience in coding. By overlaying intuitive user interfaces, anyone can build and design workflows making use of user-friendly features like drag-and-drop and visual process diagrams.

2) What Are Three Advantages of No-Code for Security and Intelligence Teams?

At Flashpoint, we’re embedding our no-code automation tool, Flashpoint Flow, deep into the core of our Intelligence Platform. Flashpoint Flow will enable even the lowest level analyst to automate threat collection, analysis, and remediation tasks without ever having to be a professional software engineer. Security and intelligence teams gain three major advantages from no-code automation and Flashpoint Flow:

  1. More efficient and streamlined intelligence operations. No-code automation can add value to essentially every intelligence use case, such as facilitating card fraud deactivations, accelerating account resets as part of compromised credentials monitoring (CCM), or initiating a variety of actions as part of threat alerting, triage, and remediation.
  2. Faster threat detection and mitigation. Security and intelligence teams can design multi-step workflows to ensure new threat alerts are evaluated at machine speed through pre-built decision trees and enriched context from other data sources. Meanwhile, once threats are verified, pre-built remediation workflows ensure new incidents and vulnerabilities are managed and blocked appropriately.
  3. Better ROI with tangible performance metrics. No-code automation brings with it meaningful improvements to operational performance and risk mitigation that inherently demonstrate the return on investment (ROI) of threat intelligence through relatable business metrics, such as FTE time saved.

3) What’s Your Favorite Early Flashpoint Use Case?

Flashpoint Flow has so many use cases, it’s hard to pick just one. One of my favorites is definitely the applying no-code to takedown requests based on reference lookups. 

In this use case, Flashpoint Flow receives a new suspicious threat event from Flashpoint’s proprietary collections engine, which then triggers several processes to evaluate the threat more holistically; simultaneously, Flashpoint initiates sentiment analysis of the event, looks up company information, scores the reputation of the associated account or domain owner. Based on the aggregated severity score of the threat, Flashpoint Flow either sends to analysts for further review or automatically issues a takedown request, completely automatically. 

This use case is so powerful. It demonstrates how organizations benefit from the integration of machine learning, process automation, and security threat hunting—all fused together for better, faster threat protection.

4) What Pitfalls Can We Avoid from Early Adopters?

A common pitfall we see is when users hyperfocus on one micro problem as opposed to one component of a much larger challenge. For example, one user chooses to automate a few of her common searches with all of the results dumped into an email. While this is a perfectly fine way to use no-code automation, it limits the benefits that she and her entire team could realize by applying a similar automation design more broadly. 

A second pitfall is to prioritize automation over everything else, especially at the expense of the intelligence that feeds and initiates the automation. When automations contain inaccurate and incomplete intelligence, it can cause more harm than good, amplifying the damage done through continual repetition. Or more simply put, doing something bad faster only makes it worse.

5) How Will No-Code Evolve the Security Industry Over the Next 2-3 Years?

It’s difficult to imagine that no-code will ever replace coding altogether, but I expect that we’ll see it embedded much further into the daily operations of security teams. For instance, in the same way that we’ve seen FaaS (Functions-as-a-Service) replace running code on servers, I believe no-code will increasingly address larger, more complex security and intelligence sequences, eliminating more manual touchpoints that needlessly take up analysts time.

Automate Threat Intelligence into Action with Flashpoint

Sign up for your demo today. See firsthand how Flashpoint can equip your team with actionable threat intelligence, and get early access to Flashpoint Flow, our no-code automator and design interface. Discover the many ways to automate your threat detection and response capabilities to rapidly mitigate the physical, fraud, and cyber threats targeting your organization.

Austin McDaniel Headshot

Austin McDaniel, Chief Automation Officer at Flashpoint

Austin’s background extends over 15 years in software engineering and more than 10 years in cybersecurity. Prior to joining Flashpoint, Austin was Co-Founder and CTO of no-code automation software provider, CRFT, which Flashpoint acquired and began embedding into its suite of threat intelligence solutions in late 2020.

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