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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
President
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
VP APAC Sales
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.
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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.
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.
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Even Without a Major Escalation, Cyber Risk Remains a Primary Concern in the Russia-Ukraine War. Here’s Why

Cyber Threat Intelligence 101
May 12, 2022

Assessing risk exposures

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Flashpoint has been hosting a regular Community Call to provide timely updates on the war, including a Q&A session with our analysts who are regional experts. In each call, there are two questions that are most commonly asked: 

  • How might decisions made by Western governments and commercial entities, such as economic sanctions, lead to an escalation in cyberspace and the physical world?

 

  • Which sectors would be targeted and through what types of attacks?  

As the war inches towards the three-month mark, the answers to these questions, however fluid, will continue to be of the utmost importance to security teams at organizations across the globe. In this article, Flashpoint analysts lay out several potential escalation scenarios, current to the time of this publishing.

State-sponsored APT groups

It’s no secret that Russia has used Ukraine as a corridor of chaos, staging such destructive and disruptive attacks like BlackEnergy against Ukrainian critical infrastructure in 2015, and NotPetya against businesses with a Ukrainian presence in 2017. The greatest risk of escalation likely stems from a state-sponsored APT group, like “Sandworm.”  

The Russian state-sponsored threat group dubbed “Sandworm” similarly sowed disruption in 2008 during Russia’s campaign against Georgia, and Ukraine. The Justice Department helped disrupt Sandworm’s botnet “Cyclops Blink,” severing their ability to communicate with bots. The takedown did not prompt any observable escalation, though it may have disrupted Sandworm’s ability to take further actions on objectives. 

Sandworm is known for targeting industrial control systems (ICS). Russian state-backed groups are known to have explored critical infrastructure systems in Western countries: In 2018 CISA warned of Russian state-backed threat actors targeting energy companies, water supply, and other critical infrastructure facilities in the US. In the same year, German intelligence blamed a campaign against energy companies on “Berserk Bear,” a Russian APT. 

DOJ indictments

In March 2022, the Department of Justice unsealed two indictments of four Russian nationals targeting the global energy sector. In April 2022, the Department of State offered a $10 million reward for the identification of six Russian military officers associated with Sandworm. 

Financial risk

Western sanctions have taken a significant toll on Russia’s economy, leading some to speculate that Western financial services sector may be disproportionately targeted as retribution, due to its role in enforcing sanctions. Taking a cue from other sanctioned countries, Russia may also use proxies or state-sponsored adversaries to attack financial services in an attempt to bypass sanctions. Judging from previous state-sponsored attacks, disruption is a more likely scenario.

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Russian state-backed activity has so far focused on Ukrainian banks (Privatbank and Oschadbank were targeted before the February invasion), likely with the purpose of diminishing trust in the Ukrainian financial sector both in the Ukrainian population and among Western partners. The likeliest form of attacks include those that were used against the Ukrainian banks—DDoS attacks, self-propagating wiper attacks, or attacks leveraging banks’ compromised email infrastructure—as well as attacks focusing on cyberespionage with the purpose of aiding sanctions evasion.

Russian-speaking financially motivated threat actors (i.e. cybercriminals) have traditionally focused on Western financial institutions—as opposed to state-backed groups, which have primarily focused on industries like energy, critical infrastructure, and state institutions. As a result, attacks may include active cooperation between state-backed actors and financially motivated actors, who may already have access to a financial institution but have not exploited it or would be reluctant to exploit it due to the risks incurred. 

Russia Vs. Ukraine: A war on many fronts

Despite Russia and the West’s long-standing protracted conflict in cyberspace, the real battlespace remains within Ukraine’s besieged borders. Russian cyberattacks remain focused on Ukrainian entities with occasional spillovers.  

In all likelihood, Russian attacks will continue targeting Ukrainian networks with the purpose of causing disruption and gathering information. The most evident targets, which have faced attacks before, are Ukrainian state institutions, military communication networks, and the Ukrainian financial sector. Tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) would be similar to the ones already used: spear-phishing campaigns to gain initial access, privilege escalation, the use of commonly available post-exploitation frameworks, data exfiltration, and destructive wiper malware. 

Related reading: Russia’s War in Ukraine Has Complicated the Means Through Which Cybercriminals Launder Funds. Here’s How They’re Adapting

Western financial institutions may face a risk proportionate to their exposure to these institutions—for example, WhisperGate targets reportedly included a Lithuanian organization with exposure to Ukraine. Russia will likely continue targeting these Ukrainian institutions, and any cyberattacks may go beyond such targeting. 

Cyber attacks are happening, but remain covert in nature

On April 5, speaking before Congress, General Nakasone, the commander of US Cyber Command, commented on the support to Ukraine stating that CYBERCOM and NSA together provided intelligence on the threat, bolster Ukraine’s resilience, and supported network defense activities.

In a separate talk at Vanderbilt University this month, Gen. Nakasone highlighted that although there may have not been any significant attacks observed against the West, Russia has levied attacks against satellite modems in Ukraine, disrupting internet connectivity. This attack was recently attributed to Russia by the Department of State. 

The absence of major destructive or disruptive cyberattacks could in part be a sign that the Russian military command is not prioritizing this kind of attack right now. The focus of the invading troops is targeting civilian infrastructure and destroying Ukraine’s military industrial complex in order to strengthen Russia’s position in case of protracted warfare. 

Related reading: How Russia Is Isolating Its Own Cybercriminals

Gen. Nakasone also commented that Ukraine has strengthened its cyber defense capabilities over the past years with the help of the US. At the same time, hacktivist attacks on Russian networks, including distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, data exfiltration attacks and defacement attacks directed against state institutions, state-owned companies and contractors of state entities, have forced Russia on the defensive.

A number of Russian entities have been compromised since the start of the invasion. Prior to the invasion, few adversaries had targeted Russian companies since there was an unspoken—though not universally respected—rule amongst Russian-speaking cybercriminals that you should not target Russian entities or entities in countries with close links to Russia. However, Russia had typically turned a blind eye to attacks targeting the West. This mentality changed following the invasion, as now hacktivists, cybercriminals, and other adversaries have increased targeting of Russia. It is possible that this has led to Russia adopting a more defensive position for the time being.  

Loaded rhetoric

The Russian government has also left several other escalation possibilities open rhetorically. President Vladimir Putin talked about “consequences greater than any you have faced” for countries intervening in the war, stopping short of defining what “intervention” means. He later said that he regarded economic sanctions as “an act of war.” 

A deliberate escalation in cyberspace—either more substantial attacks on Ukrainian systems or attacks on Western entities—supported or started by Russia would be most likely if and when it brings benefits either to the ongoing invasion or in the context of negotiations from a tactical point of view. In the context of the ongoing invasion, a cyber escalation could occur if the Russian military command decides to integrate cyber elements to help the ongoing military campaign on the ground, such as by frustrating Ukrainian communication channels. In the context of negotiations, the goals of a cyber escalation could include demoralizing the Ukrainian population or impacting decision-making or public opinion in EU and NATO countries (such as to push back against sanctions or to prompt the West to push for the acceptance of Russian terms in peace negotiations). 

Putin has left open the possibility of cyber conflict, and it may be an avenue to escalate the war outside of physical fighting. However, continued support from US and NATO countries will likely defend against future attacks, at the risk of further escalation. 

Overall assessment

It appears that Russian state-sponsored adversaries may have the opportunity and capability to attack Western critical infrastructure, but lack the intent as a particularly disruptive attack may trigger a commensurate response from either Ukraine or the West, depending on the target. 

At this stage of the war, however, it remains unlikely that Russia will carry out major disruptive or destructive attacks against Western critical infrastructure via cyber means. However, the energy, financial services, and information technology sector make for likely targets based upon previous incidents. 

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Throughout the war, the West has remained reticent to provide any grand gestures of support to Ukraine. However, US and NATO countries have progressively provided Ukraine with economic aid, weapons, and military intelligence, while further restricting Russia from the international financial system. The US has stopped short of providing equipment like fighter jets, and actions like staging cyberattacks against Russia for fear of potential escalation. As a result, the potential flashpoints for escalation are unclear, taking cues from oft convoluted rhetoric, but remain a threat to prepare for nonetheless.

Following this, analysts have not observed significant, successful attacks on Western entities in the context of the war, although, notably, cyberattacks are covert in nature and may not yet be known, or divulged. However, this does not mean that such attacks are going to be unlikely as Russia’s war on Ukraine continues. 

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