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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
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 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.
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.
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 and Solution 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 Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Revenue Operations team 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.
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.
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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.

Q&A: Mike Smola on Bringing his Retail, Security & Intelligence Expertise to Flashpoint

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October 21, 2019

Mike Smola joined Flashpoint this month as our Director, Business Development, with a heavy focus on providing support and solutions to the retail industry. Why retail? He spent upwards of the last decade building and leading security teams at Walmart.

Overall, Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the operations and security field, also working for organizations like Foot Locker, Finish Line, and Starbucks

Read on for more about Mike, his impressive experience, and why he joined the Flashpoint team.

Q: You spent more than a decade of your security career at Walmart. What does it take to protect a Fortune 1 enterprise and global retailer?

A: Like many global enterprises, Walmart’s business model is very complex—far more complex and with far more assets, systems, and endpoints than most people realize. Prior to joining the company I had no idea of the extensive breadth of its retail verticals. As a security practitioner, it was important for me to learn about these verticals and understand what the key stakeholders in each of them were most concerned about and challenged by from a business perspective.

After I accomplished this, I was able to build internal capabilities tailored to the needs of each vertical and ultimately offer security as a service to the entire enterprise. One of the most important parts of this process was establishing a capability matrix that included a mix of internal resources augmented with the right external resources to meet enterprise security needs.

Q: While at Walmart you successfully started, developed, and led various security teams and programs. What advice would you give to other security practitioners in the retail industry who are looking to start initiatives or mature capabilities at their organizations?

A: First and foremost, do everything you can to identify and deeply understand your organization’s priorities from a business perspective. As a security practitioner, your top priorities initially may likely differ from the C-suite’s top priorities. However, once you align your objectives to the organization’s priorities, you can effectively build a capability matrix to align to any business vertical need.

If your CEO’s top priority is to become profitable in a new region, for example, ask yourself this: what security threats, challenges, or related issues might hinder our ability to be profitable in that region? And what can we do to mitigate the risks posed by those issues? Once you’ve asked and answered these sorts of questions, build your capabilities internally to address them. Not only can this approach help you achieve better alignment with—and buy-in from—the rest of the business, but it can also enable you to better prioritize your own objectives accordingly.

Another piece of advice that tends to be especially relevant for security practitioners in the retail industry is to operate based on a service offering model. This starts with viewing stakeholders at your organization as if they were your customers, because essentially they are. Rather than focusing solely on telling them what to do to achieve better security, (though that will likely always be necessary in certain situations) be collaborative. Ask them what their priorities and challenges are and then tailor and position security as a service that can help them fulfill those priorities and overcome those challenges. This approach is how you get stakeholders across the entire enterprise to view—and action—security as an enabler rather than a roadblock.

Lastly, staying agile, building transparency and rapport both internally and with trusted external partners, being mindful of budget and the return-on-investment of your budget, and being humble yet bold are all also crucial for taking just about any security initiative or capability from where it is to where you want it to be.

Q: The rise of e-commerce has rapidly and drastically changed retail. What have been the most significant security implications of these changes—for both defenders and adversaries?

A: The technology landscape has grown exponentially, and as a result, securing this landscape has become increasingly difficult. Since security has traditionally been seen as a roadblock to business operations and agility, many enterprises favor shadow IT efforts or seek to bypass security audits. Unfortunately, adversaries are aware of this and know the odds are in their favor in these situations. It is important for security functions to evaluate their own capabilities and evolve them to not only meet the needs of the business, but also to outpace adversaries. We must always aim to evolve at the same speed as—if not faster than—the adversary.

Q: What would you say is the most critical challenge facing security practitioners in retail? How does this compare to other industries?

A: Retail encompasses a broad range of business verticals to meet consumer demand. Margins are traditionally low, therefore volume, price, service offerings, and speed often matter significantly to the bottom line. Retailers rely on technology to optimize their operations in these areas. Technological innovation requires speed to meet consumer demand, but security must match this speed so that business owners will continue to be open to adopting security controls.

Q: Your background spans multiple security disciplines including cyber intelligence, physical security, and insider threat. How will your experience in each of these areas support your role as Director, Business Development at Flashpoint?

A: I have been fortunate in my career to work in a variety of roles across the operations and security spectrums. My goal is to bring real-world experience and match that with Flashpoint’s security offerings to help organizations leverage Business Risk Intelligence to meet their business needs. Although each organization’s needs are unique, there are always similarities. I’m hopeful that my experience will position me to understand and relate customers’ needs to Flashpoint offerings in a manner that helps them mitigate potential exposure and resulting risks more effectively.

Q: Why Flashpoint? Why switch to the vendor side of the industry?

A: I’ve known many members of the Flashpoint team for years and have always seen them as invaluable partners. Flashpoint also has an excellent reputation as a vendor with the expertise, dedication, and willingness to move as quickly as its customers need. The team understands that although they are providing much-needed product and service offerings, they prioritize relationships, trust, and confidentiality above all else. These characteristics are exceedingly unique in an industry where it seems like a new security vendor is being stood up everyday. Matching great offerings with an equally great leadership team and core values is something I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of.

Switching to the vendor side of the industry was an easy decision because that vendor is Flashpoint. I’ve always been passionate about helping other organizations protect their most valuable assets, and I wanted to represent a company that does this best and also aligns with my core values.

Q: What are your interests outside of work?

A: This may or may not count as “outside of work,” but I like to read any and all types of security publications. This industry never ceases to fascinate me! Beyond the world of security, I enjoy being with my family, spending time outside working on our property in Arkansas, and watching documentaries and sporting events. I’m also an avid fisherman. I love to participate in bass fishing tournaments and just about any kind of fishing. It’s exhilarating and also a great way to unwind in the outdoors.

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