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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 / 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.
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.
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 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
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 Marketing and Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Marketing and Revenue Operations teams 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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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Q&A: Erich Huwar, Director, U.S. Public Sector

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December 5, 2019

Ever since joining Flashpoint earlier this year as Director, U.S. Public Sector, Erich Huwar has leveraged his extensive experience in information technology and federal government account management to provide tailored solutions that support critical missions and drive strategic growth among agencies in the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community.

Erich recently spoke with us about his career path, the unique needs and challenges of public-sector intelligence programs, and how Flashpoint’s collections coverage, subject-matter expertise, and innovative technology help address those needs and challenges.

Q: Why Flashpoint?

A: Prior to joining Flashpoint, I spent nearly a decade at one of its reseller partners as an Account Manager supporting U.S. federal defense and intelligence agencies. During that time I had the opportunity to be briefed by the Flashpoint team on the company’s extensive work in the public sector and solutions for clients like mine, and I was immediately impressed.

I could tell right away that many of the illicit online communities Flashpoint’s analysts were in harbored data that would be invaluable—but likely otherwise largely inaccessible—to many of my clients, as well as to similar federal agencies.

And having been closely following the threat intelligence space for a number of years, I could also tell that Flashpoint’s offerings easily outpaced competitors’ in terms of expertise, collections coverage, and overall relevance for public-sector defense and intelligence missions. Unlike the practically ubiquitous threat feeds and raw-data offerings I frequently saw misleadingly marketed as intelligence, it was easy to see that Flashpoint’s claims of providing true, and truly actionable, intelligence were (and still are) indisputably accurate.

Eventually, as more of my clients began consuming and actioning Flashpoint’s data and intelligence, I found myself interacting with the Flashpoint team more often and more closely. The more I worked with them and had the chance to see firsthand the immense value in what they were providing, the more I wanted to join them and become a Flashpoint employee myself.

Q: Given that public-sector intelligence programs are widely known for their expertise and tradecraft, what do they usually look for in an external provider such as Flashpoint?

A: Typically, these programs seek a provider that is able to access communities and collect data that they are unable to access and collect themselves. Although the U.S. federal government does have extensive intelligence resources and capabilities, these primarily pertain to various forms of classified intelligence. Meanwhile, open-source intelligence (OSINT)—especially that which originates in the sorts of private, invitation-only online communities Flashpoint covers—is where public-sector programs are more likely to face gaps in terms of both collections coverage and subject-matter expertise.

Flashpoint helps fill in these gaps, thereby enabling programs to gain a more complete intelligence picture; and this is critical given the missions many such programs support.

While most (though certainly not all) intelligence consumed in the commercial sector focuses on malicious activity that could lead to or exacerbate revenue losses for a business, intelligence consumed in the public sector frequently pertains to matters that could impact the safety, wellbeing, and/or livelihood of the nation and its constituents. Specific missions and objectives vary across operations, departments, and agencies, but in many cases the stakes are much higher. Rather than loss of revenue, for example, they might include damaged critical infrastructure, deteriorated diplomatic relations, weakened national security, or even loss of life.

This also means that by supporting intelligence programs with these types of high-stakes missions, Flashpoint is truly helping to make the world a safer, more-secure place for all of us.

Q: A recent blog post from Analyst Abigail Showman looks at the rise of mail services as a vector for fraud. Why is this type of research so important for the public sector?

A: This type of research is invaluable for public-sector intelligence programs because it provides insight into an emerging threat facing their constituents and can ultimately help them to mitigate this threat more efficiently and effectively.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s common for such programs to have less visibility into the online communities from which threats such as those examined in Abigail’s blog post emerge. But by arming them with this visibility, Flashpoint also arms them with the crucial insights they need to combat this threat.

It’s also important to recognize that especially when it comes to nonviolent threats that directly, and often indiscriminately, target members of the general public, education and awareness are absolutely imperative. And in order for education and awareness trainings and outreach efforts to be effective, they need to be shaped and informed by timely, accurate, and actionable intelligence—which is exactly what Flashpoint provides.  

Q: Flashpoint has customers throughout the public sector. What are the most important use cases our offerings support for federal civilian, law enforcement, and defense agencies?

A: Although federal civilian, law enforcement, and defense agencies have different missions and thus different objectives and priorities when it comes to their intelligence programs, there is considerable overlap in a few areas in which Flashpoint is exceptionally strong and impactful.

Insider threat is a perfect example of this. On the defense side, Flashpoint helps agencies monitor for, detect, and mitigate threats posed by inside actors seeking to abuse their internal privileges in a manner that could potentially harm national security.

And on the law enforcement and civilian sides, the use cases are essentially the same: our analysts help these agencies to proactively identify and mitigate insider threat activity. The difference lies in the type of activity, its potential impact, and the extent that these factors align with each type of agency’s objectives, jurisdiction, and mission.

Another example of a truly crucial use case for all three types of agencies is cyber threat hunting. Flashpoint’s subject-matter expertise and collections coverage with respect to cybercriminals, hacktivists, fraudsters, and state-sponsored actors enables these agencies to rapidly identify and take action against cyber threats that fall within their jurisdiction—and often before these threats are detected by automated tools or indexed by open-source databases.

The reason I say rapidly is because speed and timeliness are truly essential here; the longer it takes to detect, respond to, and mitigate the impact of such a threat, the more damaging that impact is likely to be. Hours, minutes, and even seconds can make all the difference, especially given the rate at which adversaries’ tactics and motivations have been known to evolve, attacks transpire, and new vulnerabilities identified and exploited.

All of Flashpoint’s offerings—from the multiple finished intelligence reports our analysts publish every single day, to our continually-expanding datasets that are always easily accessible and searchable within our platform, to our extensive integrations ecosystem that enables these datasets to be seamlessly integrated with leading SIEM, TIP, and data analysis tools—are designed to empower our public- and commercial-sector users alike with the speed, usability, and actionability they need in order to fulfill their objectives, service their constituents or stakeholders, and carry out their missions.

Q: What are your interests outside of work?

A: I enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and cooking.

Want to learn more about how Flashpoint supports the public sector? Click here to request a demo.

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