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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 / VP Operations
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 partners with Flashpoint’s executive team to develop, communicate, and execute strategic initiatives pertaining to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). 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.
Brian Costello
SVP Global Sales and Solution Architecture
Brian Costello, a 20-year information technology and security solutions veteran, is responsible for leading the Global Sales, Solution Architecture, and Professional Services teams at Flashpoint. Throughout his career, Brian has successfully built security and cloud teams that have provided customers with innovative technology solutions, exceeded targets and consistently grown business year over year. Prior to Flashpoint, Brian led a global security and cloud vertical practice for Verizon. Brian also held senior leadership roles at Invincea, Risk Analytics and Cybertrust. Brian received his B.A. from George Mason University.
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 Customer Success
Jake Wells leads the company’s customer success team, serving 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.
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Flashpoint Introduces Innovative Approach for Use Case-Driven Intelligence

Reality Check: Real-Time Intelligence

Blog
May 24, 2018

The lofty goal of real-time intelligence in security is often misleading. In the context of Business Risk Intelligence (BRI), it’s an especially deceptive misnomer.

Data culled from breaches or Deep & Dark Web (DDW) chatter about vulnerabilities that is crafted into threat intelligence is meant to give decision makers inside the enterprise an advantage over potential adversaries and keep assets and people secure.

Real-time intelligence, information ready for consumption at the point in time malicious activity happens, however is a difficult challenge, and limitations in current offerings blunt how well they address threats. More is required, and here’s why:

Automation and IOCs Useful, but Limited

Automated data collections from DDW forums and marketplaces are only a segment of the complete picture required by the most successful intelligence programs whose outcomes rely on information about relevant events before they have an impact on business or people.

Many real-time intelligence offerings are automated collectors aggregating indicators of compromise (IoCs) such as IP addresses involved in an attack, malware signatures and more information that is relevant and useful, but by nature, strictly reactive.

IoCs are tactical and insightful only about malicious activity that has already occurred. They’re a great enhancement to network defenses and perimeter security tools but should never be regarded as a singular source of intelligence in any security program.

Little Value without Context

IoCs, which make up the bulk of today’s real-time intelligence offerings, are abundant in any large organization fending off thousands of attempted intrusions per day. Collecting IoCs is an important forensic activity, but they offer limited context and value to organizations trying to understand the why of an attack.

Assessing the full context and relevance of an IoC will likely require an analyst to conduct additional research and deeper analysis, which can be a time-consuming, inefficient process for many organizations.

For example, let’s say an IoC is the URL of a popular website that has been infected with malware. In many cases, this IoC would automatically trigger a countermeasure that prevents the URL from being accessed within an organization’s network. But what if the website is only infected with malware for a short amount of time? Or what if a company employee tries to access the website from a mobile network? Is blocking the URL indefinitely the most effective way to combat the threat? Since IoCs in and of themselves tend to be static and lacking in full context, they rarely provide enough insight into the full extent and potential impact of a threat.

Real-Time Intelligence Blurs Macro View of Risk

Real-time intelligence made up of IoCs provides organizations a micro view of risk, while often ignoring the macro view of threats and how enterprises may be affected.

It’s fairly straightforward to look through IoCs to understand what phishing campaigns are in the wild, but they can’t address strategic, risk-focused questions that could help a business raise awareness of phishing in a manner that strengthens the company’s overall security posture.

It’s crucial to remember that the most effective teams focus not just on aggregating IoCs and blocking threats, they strive to understand why these threats exist in the first place and what can be done to enhance the organization’s overall management of that threat moving forward.

Although real-time intelligence offerings can play a valuable role in an organization’s tactical network defense initiatives, they should never be viewed as a panacea to all threats. Organizations seeking to gain a true decision advantage over a broad spectrum of relevant threats and adversaries need to look beyond just IoCs and work to integrate intelligence that is finished, actionable, and relevant into their security and risk strategies.

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Josh Lefkowitz

CEO

Josh Lefkowitz is the Chief Executive Officer of Flashpoint, where he executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) derived from the Deep & Dark Web. 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.

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