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Industry Veteran Seán McGurk Joins Flashpoint to Lead Advisory Services

Josh Lefkowitz

When we launched Flashpoint Advisory Services in January, we did it to support demand from customers seeking trusted advisors to help them develop Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) programs, as well as mitigate insider threat and physical security risks.

The demand for Advisory Services has since grown exponentially, a testament, of course, to this specialized intelligence team earning the trust of global organizations. We knew that in order to further scale these strategic programs, it was time to appoint a senior leader to take this team, and our customers, to the next level.

Séan McGurk headshot

That said, I’m thrilled to announce Seán McGurk as Executive Director of Advisory Services. Seán’s industry experience needs no introduction, as his accomplishments speak for themselves. He was most recently the Chief Security Officer of Data Center Operations for Amazon Web Services and has extensive experience in Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Sector Protection (CIKR), and National Security Operations Center management.

Seán was the perfect candidate for this Executive Director role, especially with his proven experience building and growing a robust security practice. During his time at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, he created the global practice for critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity, and spearheaded a pivotal shift that transformed the company’s security strategy from compliance- and forensics-centric to integrative and proactive.

I asked Seán why he chose Flashpoint specifically, and he laser-focused on our helping organizations glean critical intelligence that supports them across their enterprise, for multiple use cases, to help them determine if, how, and to whom they are exposed. “Having a view of what is out there enables preparation. Flashpoint provides the capabilities to look below the surface to find contextual intelligence; I have never before seen that kind of clarity provided by any organization,” he said.

As Flashpoint continues to gain traction in the public sector, Seán’s experience leading teams at top-tier government agencies will also be invaluable. His time as the first Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) will be especially valuable as we grow Advisory Services to support our customers in defense and intelligence, Federal and civilian agencies, and law enforcement.

I can’t emphasize enough how much our company and our customers will benefit from Seán’s renowned skills, leadership, and unique experiences. Please join me in welcoming him to the Flashpoint team!

If you’d like to learn how Flashpoint Advisory Services can support your organization, please contact us.

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About the author: Josh Lefkowitz

Josh Lefkowitz

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.