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 / 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 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.
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 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
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 Marketing and Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Marketing and Revenue Operations teams 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.
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.
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.
Matthew Howell
VP of 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
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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COVID-19 Key Developments: May 23-June 5

Juni 10, 2020

Medical Developments:
Across the world, medical research is being conducted for dozens of different vaccines for the coronavirus. Some countries, such as China and Russia, hope to have a vaccine in use later this year, but many experts continue to caution that a vaccine may not be widely available until 2021.

An Italian doctor working in the epicenter of the outbreak in Italy claimed in late May that the coronavirus was losing potency and “in reality, from the clinical point of view, the virus no longer exists.” However, the statement has caused a controversy in Italy and elsewhere across Europe as other medical officials across the globe have disputed the statement. The WHO responded to the statement with a warning that the virus remains a very real and significant threat.

Three authors of a study retracted their findings about risks associated with anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus. The use of this drug has been a controversial topic, with some proponents—such as US President Donald Trump—vouching for its effectiveness, while other countries banned its use as a treatment option due in part to this study’s findings. The researchers claimed in the notice that they could no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary sources in the study.

Government Responses:

New reported cases globally have continued to rise at a rate of approximately 100,000 per day since late May, sparking concerns about possible spikes in infection as economies begin to reopen and lead to greater interaction among individuals.

Worldwide, many of these cases are concentrated in densely populated countries across Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. For example, on Friday, June 4, India reported the largest single-day increase in the country, a concern as the country works to reopen portions of its economy.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday, June 5, that payroll employment rose by 2.5 million, and unemployment declined to 13 percent for the month of May. The Labor Department attributes this to resumption of economic operations across the country. Some researchers have also attributed these promising figures to the effectiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program distributed through the CARES Act, whose loan forgiveness measures were further eased in a bill signed by President Trump on Friday. The agency’s report did include a note regarding a “misclassification error” where some individuals were incorrectly classified as employed. If that error had not occurred, the overall unemployment rate would have been 16.3 percent for May, which still shows an improvement over April’s figures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated it is working to correct the calculation discrepancies.

As protests against racial injustice continue across the United States (and solidarity demonstrations take place in other areas across the world), there are some concerns that the close contact of participating individuals could result in the spread of COVID-19. However, as of this writing, there have been no reports from medical institutions indicating this has occurred.

Cybercrime and Coronavirus:

BleepingComputer reported that threat actors continue to exploit employees working from home. In a recent campaign, Microsoft Office 365 customers were targeted by a phishing campaign that used messages camouflaged as legitimate notifications to update the VPN configuration they use to access company assets while working from home. The messages actually sent victims to a landing page to steal credentials.

Multiple actors discussed the functionality and vulnerabilities of Australia-based application CoVIDsafe, a digital contact-tracing app announced by the Australian government on April 14. The app is based on the BlueTrace protocol developed by the Singaporean Government, and was first released on April 26. A threat actor shared two GitHub links that allegedly provide the source code of CoVIDsafe.

Criminals have continued to target unemployment across various US states. Recent examples of threat actor discussions within Flashpoint datasets include:

An English-speaking threat actor lists a number of states in a popular chat services channel and asks other actors to direct message them if they have “clients” in those states. The actor appears to be looking for partners in these states to carry out unemployment fraud methods they have previously advertised.

A vendor posts an advertisement that they have fresh “fullz” sourced from Washington state. They claim the profiles can be used to obtain unemployment assistance of $1,000 per week, and provide the fields of information that are included in the purchase.

The administrator of a popular chat service channel posts that they continue to profit from state unemployment fraud schemes, and appear to claim that their method can provide a next-day payout. They also posted a screenshot of an email from the Texas Workforce Commission for their registration to receive electronic communications about unemployment assistance, likely as proof of their ability to use their method against that state’s system.

Misinformation and Disinformation Narratives:
Misinformation and disinformation continues to spread on social media platforms and via chat services. Narratives and major developments observed by Flashpoint analysts include: Narratives attacking restrictive measures and tracing:

As lockdowns are eased across the United States and measures such as contact tracing to facilitate reopening the economy are more widely discussed in the media, Flashpoint analysts have observed an uptick in disinformation narratives attacking restrictive measures:

  • A video from early March showing Dr. Anthony Fauci saying that Americans should not wear masks was recycled without a time stamp. A social media post wrongly claimed that businesses could not legally oblige patrons to wear a mask. Another viral post wrongly claimed that masks cause hypercapnia.
  • A series of disinformation narratives has attacked contact tracing and contact tracing applications in various countries. Given the early stage of development of these applications and the uncertainties associated with contact tracing, it is natural that there is suspicion about their use. However, some of the narratives clearly qualify as disinformation. In the United States, One America News made the unsubstantiated claim that the Democratic Party is using contact tracers to help Joe Biden’s campaign. DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero—a prolific conspiracy theorist—said she would go „undercover“ to find out the „truth“ about contact tracing. Several videos tell people how to make sure their phone does not have a contact tracing app. In France, several disinformation sites have published the rumor that StopCovid, the country’s contact tracing app, is going to be installed on phones automatically.

Conspiracy theories attacking Bill Gates or 5G technology (or both) have continued producing new disinformation content.

A new 5G-related conspiracy theory video claimed that 5G technology impacted blood cell permeability. Disinformation videos focusing on 5G continue spreading on TikTok, despite the platform’s efforts to empower users to report these.

“Plandemic,” a disinformation video masquerading as a documentary, which has had significant exposure in recent weeks aided by shares and reuploads by members of extremist communities, has reportedly been translated into various languages. The First Draft research organization found the video spreading in Facebook groups in German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tagalog, and less widely spoken languages including Armenian. First Draft also warned that the original, English-language video was spreading in African countries. The geopolitical debate about nation-state actors supporting disinformation continued. Researchers of the BBC found a pro-China network of more than 1,000 social media accounts across various social networks promoting pro-China COVID-19-related disinformation and criticism of the United States.

The EU’s foreign policy arm, the External Action Service, was criticized after it launched an internal investigation to determine how an email on toning down a report criticizing China-based disinformation was leaked. The case raised the question of whether the EU, which has a history of calling out Russian disinformation efforts, was applying the same set of standards on China.

The OpenDemocracy website revealed that US taxpayer money was used, through the State Department, to fund a news site in Armenia that spread COVID-19-related disinformation.

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