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.

SolarWinds Cyberattack: Threat Intelligence Primer

December 27, 2020

Two Weeks in, Attack Continues to Expand Across Public and Private Sectors

Exposure to the SolarWinds cyberattack continues to grow in size and scope for companies of all sizes, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies. Given the scale of the attack—which targeted the company’s IT management platform, SolarWinds Orion—it’s clear that all organizations must take swift action to assess their own exposure and reevaluate the controls, processes, intelligence they use to mitigate third-party risk.

For a quick summary of where things stand two weeks after news of the attack first broke, here’s a brief recap of what we know:

  1. The U.S. government has blamed Russia for the attack: U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have publicly pinned the attack on Russia’s threat actor group APT29, also known as “CozyBear.” (Washington Post)
  1. This sophisticated third-party supply chain attack is one of the largest to come to light. By compromising SolarWinds Orion, an IT management platform widely used by tens of thousands of organizations, Russian hackers distributed their “Sunburst” malware to as many as 18,000 of SolarWinds’s more than 33,000 global customers. The attack was conducted with novel methods and techniques circumventing traditional security controls. (WSJ, FireEye)
  1. Targets of the Sunburst malware include US federal, state, and local agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, and critical infrastructure. SolarWinds notified 33,000 customer organizations and designated less than 18,000 of them as high-risk. The list of confirmed victims continues to grow and includes banks, federal agencies, municipal governments, hospitals, telecommunications providers, and public schools and universities. (WSJ, SolarWinds SEC Filing)
  1. Intruders remain active with fallout ongoing—it may take months to remediate impacted organizations. Some intrusions reportedly go as far back as March 2020, and it may take months for organizations to identify the malware, clean up and verify their networks, and ensure the attack has been mitigated. As new developments continue, organizations will learn more about the scope and scale of the attack and how to bolster security to prevent or mitigate such incidents in the future. (Washington Post).

SolarWinds: News and Events Timeline

December 8, 2020: FireEye discloses a significant security breach. Attackers successfully infiltrated FireEye networks and stole their proprietary suite of “red team” tools, a suite of software that the company uses in its penetration testing services to detect and remediate security flaws.

December 13, 2020: SolarWinds acknowledges its breach, formally disclosing it in a filing with the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) the following day. In an SEC filing, SolarWinds reveals that it had notified 33,000 customer organizations with around 18,000 SolarWinds customers using compromised versions of its software. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issues Emergency Directive 21-01 on the SolarWinds compromise.

December 14, 2020: The Washington Post confirms reports that Russian-sponsored APT29, “CozyBear,” is behind the cyberattack.

December 16, 2020: To coordinate their response efforts across US government agencies to the unfolding cyber incident, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI formed a new Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG).

December 17, 2020: Additional malware dubbed “Supernova” was discovered, along with strong indicators of a second threat actor, unrelated to APT29, also compromising SolarWinds.

December 18, 2020: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirms that Russia was behind the attack.

December 21, 2020: The SolarWinds victim list grows as new reports add more government agencies, tech giants, accounting firms, and Fortune 500 companies, among many others.

December 24, 2020: CISA says the cyberattack extends beyond federal agencies, hitting state and local governments, as well as critical infrastructure entities.

Continuing exposure: With intrusions still active, we can expect new information and events to continue well into 2021 and widen internationally. For instance, the US recently called for joint international condemnation of the intrusion during a meeting with international sharing alliance members, including Five Eyes countries Canada and the United Kingdom. 

Leveraging Threat Intelligence to Mitigate the Risk of the SolarWinds Hack

While the SolarWinds hack is extraordinary in its scale and sophistication, there are steps that security and intelligence professionals can take to safeguard their organizations and mitigate associated risks of these types of attacks. Actionable threat intelligence, in particular, can play the same critical role as it does in more targeted attacks: rapidly identify a threat’s impact to an organization, understand the organization’s exposure, take action to remediate the threat, and apply learnings to further bolster the organization’s security posture. 

Especially in cases like SolarWinds, where rapidly changing information and updates need to be validated, trusted external threat intelligence is essential. Through the painstaking work of vetting, validating, testing, and confirming the flood of inbound information and claims, external threat intelligence provides organizations a competitive edge as they stay laser-focused on their response and taking necessary action, rather than trying to keep pace with today’s nonstop news cycle. 

To help our customers rapidly mitigate the risks presented by the SolarWinds attack and the accompanying Sunburst and Supernova malware, Flashpoint offers a suite of intelligence tools to rapidly assess and address the hack:

  • Dedicated knowledge centers, hand-curated by Flashpoint analysts. For new, critical, and unfolding events, Flashpoint sets up Analyst Knowledge Pages in which Flashpoint analysts serve as human-readable touchstones for the latest news, happenings, technical information, and aftermath related to the hack. Likewise, Flashpoint debunks rumors and misinformation that lead to ineffective decision-making and wasted time. 

  • Peer-led collaboration and sharing via Flashpoint Collaborative Community. Especially with front-page news attacks affecting massive numbers of organizations, the Flashpoint Collaborative Community (FPCollab) jumps into high gear. In an incredible showing of that community, our customers share closed source information, indicators, and other intelligence with each other, often uncovering data and information not yet available in the public domain. In this way, our customers keep each other one step ahead of the news.

  • Continually-updated technical intelligence. By applying threat intelligence in vulnerability management processes, organizations can better address and prioritize known exposures automatically in the days, weeks, and months following the attack. Flashpoint’s malware experts develop, validate, and expand on known technical indicators providing unique context on the vulnerabilities sent through customer systems via our API and integration ecosystem.

  • Threat actor chatter and behavior monitoring. As the SolarWinds exploits continue to spread, there will surely be new threat actors who try to leverage the same vulnerabilities and tooling to execute subsequent cyberattacks. Through our industry-leading threat collection and monitoring of underground threat actor communities, discussion boards, and marketplaces, Flashpoint will continue to monitor and identify new related threats. In fact, just last week, Flashpoint identified an anonymous threat actor purporting to sell SolarWinds tools on the text storage site, Deep Paste, which prompted Flashpoint to run an immediate credibility assessment.

Where Do We Go from Here?

In the short term, the focus remains on identifying and remediating threats associated with the current SolarWinds cyberattack. Flashpoint will also continue to trace the attack’s influence through global threat actor communities and help organizations quickly identify and mitigate subsequent derivative attacks.

More broadly, it’s clearer than ever that no organization—no matter how small or well-protected—is immune from these massive supply-chain attacks. Third-party risk remains an intractable issue for public and private sector organizations alike. Since no IT or security provider has unfettered access to all the internal data, security, and intelligence of other organizations, the external perspective that threat intelligence provides is critical to stay ahead of unknown risks. And when attacks do occur, we deploy our skills, experience, and resources immediately so that organizations remain informed and able to take rapid, decisive action.

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