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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.

Three Must-Haves for Your Insider Threat Program

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July 31, 2018

For every massive data breach… well, honestly there just isn’t a comparable number of incidents that can be traced back to a malicious insider. Regardless, that facet of a security program must not be ignored. Insiders have access, and some have privileged access, which puts a disgruntled or careless person inside the firewall and perilously close to a headline-making incident that shareholders will be asking about.

These rising concerns are again giving birth to discussions about building insider threat programs. The ideal composition of such a program, however, sometimes remains unclear and misunderstood among security practitioners. While there is overlap with the information security team, insider threats cannot be fully handed off to the same analysts and engineers running the network like a hot potato.

There are important differences that gold-standard insider threat programs I’ve had the privilege of working closely with understand in order to keep data safe and infrastructure up and running and available. The best, in fact, share three important characteristics:

1. Information Security Foundational to an ITP

Insider threat programs that succeed understand the nuances between ITP and traditional external threat protection. They also understand the dependencies between the two.

One such dependency lies in the objectives of an ITP, which are to deter, detect, and respond to insider threats. Deterrence rests on the shoulders of the ITP through policy and awareness training, while detection would fall under the information security team through technology implementation and monitoring. Response would be a joint venture between the two entities along with related stakeholders after an investigation and analysis of an incident.

Without these overlaps and dependencies, an organization would be susceptible to what would otherwise be preventable malicious or accidentally harmful behavior from an insider. Working together keeps undue and unproductive burden from landing on the shoulders of the ITP.

2. A Comprehensive Framework

ITPs tend to rely on an operational framework that includes three crucial components:

1. A programmatic function is arguably the most important component. In addition to specifying the objectives, resources, priorities, and roadmap of an ITP, this function ensures all aspects of ITP investigations are clearly documented, repeatable, consistent, and follow all necessary legal and compliance protocol.

Despite its importance, however, the programmatic function is perhaps the most frequently overlooked component of an ITP. Especially for organizations that are eager to get their ITP off the ground as quickly as possible, this function can be perceived as a lower priority. Although this mindset is understandable, it can be problematic. Without an adequate programmatic function, an ITP will lack the direction, prioritization, and processes it needs in order to be effective.

2. ITP resources and tools aim to identify behaviors and events that could potentially signal an existing or imminent insider threat. This component of an ITP requires access to the widest range possible of datasets that offer visibility into employee behaviors across the organization. Suitable examples include VPN, proxy, email, and badge datasets.

ITPs also require tools that can synthesize, discern, and provide notice of pertinent findings from within these datasets. User-behavior analytics (UBA) tools, for example, employ data science techniques to identify user behavior that might warrant further investigation within the context of the ITP, such as if an employee exports larger-than-usual amounts of data or frequently accesses the network outside of normal working hours. ITPs then use these types of outputs to help initiate and inform subsequent investigations and response efforts.

While ITPs tend to rely on numerous, extensive datasets and highly sophisticated tools, they also recognize that these resources comprise only one component of the ITP. A common mistake is perceiving these resources—particularly UBA tools—as “one-and-done solutions” for insider threat. Despite often being marketed as such, no tool or resource can serve as a suitable replacement for the other components of a comprehensive ITP.

3. An investigative function synthesizes and examines the outputs of ITP tools to determine the extent to which they might indicate a potential insider threat. This function is especially important because in most cases, the output of tools does not tell the whole story about a user’s behavior. For example, if an ITP tool reveals that a user has been exchanging emails with a competitor, does it mean that an insider threat is imminent? Not necessarily—there are numerous possible explanations for this behavior, and it’s up to the ITP’s investigative function to dig deeper.

An ITP investigation is an intricate and multi-level process that requires different protocols, types and depths of analysis, and stakeholders depending on the behavior observed and the estimated risk. When the result of such an investigation suggests that an insider attack could be imminent, this function works with the programmatic function—and in many cases also with relevant stakeholders from other departments—to verify and attribute the threat as necessary.

3. Enterprise-wide Integration

One of the most distinguished characteristics of a top-notch ITP is integration across the entire enterprise. Although ITPs often exist as standalone functions, the most effective ITPs rely on datasets and resources from IT, legal, HR, compliance, third-party risk, and numerous other functions. Many ITPs have designated representatives from each business function who serve as liaisons between their teams and the ITP. Having the support and cooperation of decision-makers and stakeholders throughout the organization will not only support the development and operations of an ITP, but it will also help raise widespread awareness of the risks and consequences of insider threat.

Conclusion

As I mentioned, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with experts from gold standard ITPs over the years. These experiences have helped me recognize that while combating insider threats will likely always be a confusing and challenging area for many organizations, there are steps we can take to more effectively prevent, deter, detect, and respond to these threats.

The above list is meant to serve as a starting point for organizations looking to do so, but it is neither comprehensive nor prescriptive. Higher-level ITPs are dynamic, intricate, and tailored to their organization’s unique needs and challenges, which is why organizations looking to initiate ITPs are encouraged to work with trusted third-parties for additional expertise and support throughout this process.

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Josh Lefkowitz

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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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