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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 leads the company’s client engagement and development team, which includes customer success, 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.
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, Client Engagement & Development
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.
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Threat Actors Shifting from Opportunistic to Targeted Ransomware

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April 9, 2019

By Mike Mimoso

CryptoLocker, WannaCry, and the hundreds of other ransomware families that indiscriminately infected businesses and government agencies worldwide have been studied and in some cases neutralized by researchers who figured out how to decrypt data locked down by the respective malware.

Nimble threat actors, however, have lately focused on a much more targeted approach to potential profits. While still largely relying on commodity exploits for known vulnerabilities or configuration weaknesses to gain access to a network, rather than dropping malware on certain machines, attackers have been hitting organizations hard by flooding ransomware onto endpoints and network shares and demanding drastically high ransoms in return for decrypted data.

This is an abrupt turn from what had been the norm for more than two years. Already, state and local government operations have suffered major incursions, with one of the biggest being the attack against the city of Atlanta one year ago. Victims in other industries, notably financial services, telecommunications, and health care, have also felt the brunt of these new targeted ransomware attacks.

Flashpoint Director of Intelligence Christopher “Tophs” Elisan will examine this transition from opportunistic to targeted ransomware attacks in much more depth during a webinar April 24 starting at 11 a.m. ET.

We invite you to register here.

Atlanta paid a steep $2.6 million to recover its systems, but did not pay the threat actors’ ransom demands. The money was spent on response costs, including forensics, consulting, and communications services, as well as remediation costs including address vulnerabilities and aging systems that may have been exploited during the attack.

Atlanta was infected, according to investigators, with the SamSam ransomware, which is spread via exploits rather than through shotgun-style spam or phishing emails. Threat actors behind SamSam have preferred brute-force attacks against exposed Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) services, and from there, are able to map internal networks and use stolen credentials to access more systems and drop more ransomware.

RDP is not the only means by which attackers are exploiting weaknesses to access networks. They’re also using known Windows internals tools such as PSEXEC or scripts to spread ransomware.

It’s a messy situation, one complicated by the abuse of these legitimate tools to evade detection. In many cases, RDP, for example, is not blacklisted and is treated as legitimate network traffic. This, in combination with known exploits and vulnerabilities, is putting more businesses and government agencies in line for attacks.

Some progress was made to halt the spread of SamSam last October when the U.S. Department of Justice indicted two Iranian nationals for their alleged involvement in spreading the malware. The indictments allege the malware was responsible for $30 million in losses to private- and public-sector organizations, and that $6 million in ransoms had been paid out.

As is the case with most malware families, copycats and knock-offs soon rise when other variants are eliminated. Ryuk is another ransomware family involved in targeted attacks since last August, and was likely responsible for the shutdown of network services in Jackson County, Ga., in March. The county paid a $400,000 ransom in exchange for the decryption key in order to get its systems and services back up and running.

Ryuk has been linked to the operators of the TrickBot banking malware, and numerous attacks have been initiated by TrickBot or Emotet another piece of banking malware. In the case of Jackson County, Ga., it was likely introduced to the county network via a phishing email.

We again invite you to learn more about targeted ransomware by attending Flashpoint’s April 24 webinar. Elisan, who recently spoke at the RSA Conference on the GandCrab ransomware, will cover how and why ransomware threat actors are maturing their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), the security and risk implications for public- and private-sector organizations, and also what defenders can do to better prepare for, mitigate, and respond to targeted ransomware attacks.

Flashpoint Intelligence Brief

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