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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 / 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
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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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COVID Key Developments: July 3-17

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Juli 22, 2020

Government Responses:

Countries across the world continue to weigh the most appropriate ways to reopen economies and borders while also striving to minimize spikes in new cases.

EU leaders met on June 17 to initiate discussions on an aid package to help the member states begin recovery efforts. This was the first in-person meeting of the bloc’s leaders since the beginning of the pandemic. The proposed package will reportedly include 1.8 trillion euros in funding which will be allocated over the next seven years, with 750 billion euros set aside for a pandemic recovery fund.

Countries continue to evaluate how to ease border restrictions, and which foreigners may begin to travel to their countries. Canada extended its border ban for nonessential travel by US citizens until August 21, and the EU announced on July 16 that its ban on US travelers will remain in place as well.

Across the US, state governments are taking multiple approaches to reopening the economy. Many states are increasingly issuing mandatory mask requirements in public in an effort to stanch the rising number of cases across the majority of the country. Alternatively, a handful of states such as in Georgia, are placing prohibitions on local governments’ ability to implement mandates to wear masks. Some officials, including the Georgia governor, have cited a difficulty to reasonably enforce such measures, and the continued spread of misinformation about mask wearing (detailed below) has politicized the issue.

The US Government released reporting about what organizations received Paycheck Protection Program funding. Congress is also continuing to discuss a second coronavirus funding relief bill, which is expected to progress once it returns from recess next week.

Medical Research Developments:
Researchers across the world continue to pursue development of a vaccine against the coronavirus.

Researchers at Monash University in Australia have reported a new blood test that can detect coronavirus in twenty minutes. They have indicated this test can not only determine if someone is currently infected, but also if they have been infected in the past.

Moderna announced that its experimental vaccine had positive results in a clinical trial of 45 participants. According to the pharmaceutical company, the vaccine produced an immune response in every test subject, and it has been lauded as a positive step towards developing a vaccine against the coronavirus.

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) guidance reports that the disease is primarily transmitted from person-to-person interaction, hundreds of scientists signed a letter asking the agency to revise this guidance. According to the open letter, there is evidence to suggest that the disease is also airborne and can infect individuals who inhale air infected with droplets of the virus.

Cybercrime and Coronavirus:
Flashpoint analysts continue to track ways in which threat actors in illicit communities are exploiting issues related to the pandemic for fraudulent purposes.

On July 16th, 2020 the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released an advisory detailing the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Russian-intelligence linked threat actor group APT29 (aka „Cozy Bear“, „Dukes“). The report details the usage of previously unattributed custom malware „WellMess“ and „WellMail“ to target a number of organizations globally, including those involved in COVID-19 vaccine research.

Microsoft obtained a court order this month allowing the company to seize control of six domains that were used in phishing operations against Office 365 customers, including in campaigns that leveraged COVID-19 lures.

Actors continue to exploit unemployment programs and SBA loans, including the following examples observed by Flashpoint analysts:

  • An English-speaking threat actor posted a tutorial on the information needed to fraudulently file for unemployment. They also share states where applications are currently going through, and states to avoid. They also include some step-by-step instructions and warn that Movo can no longer be used for California, as that state sends a card to the physical address tied to the individual.
  • An English-speaking threat actor posted an image in a popular chat service channel that contained a list of the states that are continuing to provide pandemic unemployment assistance. They included links to the application sites, as well as the minimum and maximum payouts for these states. The list also included those states that are no longer providing such assistance, and which states can “get you in trouble” because they are tracking applications.
  • An English-speaking threat actor posted multiple images in a chat service channel showing them allegedly assisting another individual in fraudulently obtaining an SBA loan. Other users criticized the images, which appear to show that individual used a personal account to cash out the funds (which they imply is a poor decision because it would be flagged for fraud), but the actor claims that they “do credit in real life and got a financing business” and use the same methods for criminal and legitimate business purposes.
  • An English-speaking threat actor posted on a popular forum that they are seeking to purchase Emotet, Trickbot, or a similar malware that they wish to use to infect/spread ransomware. In the title of their thread, they claim this is for “coronavirus ransomware” but do not provide additional details about how they intend to exploit the coronavirus in their campaign.

Misinformation and Disinformation Narratives:
Misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 continues to spread on social media platforms and via chat services. Narratives and major developments observed by Flashpoint analysts include efforts to politicize the virus:

  • QAnon conspiracy theorists continued to target Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates, and others, accusing them of leading a deep-state operation to undermine the Trump administration. A viral image on Facebook showing former President Obama visiting an NIH lab with Dr. Fauci was captioned, “Dr. Fauci, Melinda Gates, and Barack Obama at the Wuhan Lab in 2015… where they paid the lab 3.7 million for a ‘bat’ project.”
  • Others claimed that the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the US is fabricated to “unseat a President in November.” 
  • The Trump administration has made false claims that infection figures in the US are artificially inflated because there is too much testing.

Misinformation continued to spread about virus-containment measures, including masks, testing, and social distancing:

  • Conspiracy theories claimed that the metal nose piece in surgical masks is actually a 5G antenna, and that COVID-19 test swabs are taken from the nasal passages because they are being used to “implant something.” Conspiracy theorists could not agree whether the swabs are implanting microchips or “seeding” the virus.
  • False information that the World Health Organization (WHO) no longer recommends social distancing spread via a screenshotted tweet, particularly in Canada and South Africa.
  • The debate on reopening US schools in the fall continued, with false and misleading claims on both sides. These include whether young people under the age of twenty can contract or transmit COVID-19 (they can), whether Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos claimed that “only” 0.2% of kids would die if schools are reopened (she didn’t), and that books were removed from a middle school because they were carrying the coronavirus (they weren’t). These dissonances reflect anxieties over the childcare needs of working parents.
  • Meanwhile, Chinese and pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts converged into an overlapping conspiracy theory claiming that the US “has deployed more than 200 military biological laboratories across the world.”

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