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.
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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Matthew G. Devost Joins Flashpoint Board of Directors

Interés de los cibercriminales en Latinoamérica por los métodos de pago sin contacto

diciembre 10, 2018

A diferencia de las tarjetas de crédito o débito tradicionales o en efectivo, los métodos de pago sin contacto permiten a los usuarios realizar compras con solo tocar o escanear su dispositivo móvil o tarjeta de pago en un punto de pago. Estos tipos de pago se han hecho particularmente populares en en Latinoamérica en los últimos años debido a su facilidad de uso, las tendencias bancarias regionales y los esfuerzos de expansión global de las instituciones bancarias. Sin embargo esta modalidad se ha vuelto en un foco de atención para los ciberdelincuentes que están siempre en la búsqueda de esquemas para cometer fraude.

Para los ciberdelincuentes los métodos de pago sin contacto generan un gran atractivo y conveniencia. Debido a que estos métodos generalmente no requieren que los usuarios envíen un formulario de identificación, ingresen un PIN o confirmen una firma para transacciones de bajo valor, permiten que los ciberdelincuentes minimicen su riesgo de exposición cuando realicen compras fraudulentas en algún punto de venta.

Por lo general cuando un estafador no tiene éxito en el uso de una tarjeta de pago tradicional al realizar una compra, intentará utilizar una tarjeta alternativa, lo cual usualmente puede alertar al vendedor quien podría considerar la transacción como sospechosa. Sin embargo, como los métodos de pago sin contacto, además de ser convenientes, son novedosos, las probabilidades que una transacción sea cuestionada son menos probables. Como consecuencia, este método facilita que los estafadores utilicen varias tarjetas de pago robadas si le es necesario.

Las conversaciones que se tejen en el ciberespacio relacionadas al tema de los métodos de pago sin contacto se centran principalmente en cómo se pueden explotar los 3 tipos de tecnología para facilitar el fraude. Éstas tecnologías incluyen:

Identificación de Radio Frecuencia (RFID)
Usualmente se usa en el manejo de equipaje en los aeropuertos y seguimiento de activos, la RFID es una tecnología que se viene usando por más de una década y permite comunicación inalámbrica en distancias hasta de 100 metros entre un lector RFID y una etiqueta RFID. La etiqueta es típicamente implantada en un dispositivo electrónico y tiene un número único que identifica cuando el dispositivo está transmitiendo información al lector. Muchos métodos de pago sin contacto utilizan etiquetas de RFID, pero la preocupación de robos y problemas de seguridad, han llevado al desarrollo e implementación de alternativas más seguras.

En las conversaciones entre los ciberdelincuentes en Latinoamérica se han encontrado discusiones sobre cómo obtener y usar lectores RFID y materiales relacionados para modificar los saldos de las tarjetas de transporte público basadas en RFID.

Near-Field Communication (NFC)
La NFC es un estándar de conectividad inalámbrica de corto alcance que permite la comunicación entre dispositivos a través de una red P2P (punto a punto). La NFC es considerada un método más seguro y conveniente que la RFID para temas de pagos sin contacto por dos razones, la primera es que las etiquetas NFC están incorporadas automáticamente en la mayoría de teléfonos inteligentes hoy en día, por lo que es fácil para los usuarios pagar a través de billeteras digitales y aplicaciones similares; la segunda es que los dispositivos NFC, como los lectores de tarjetas habilitados para NFC, los terminales POS y los dispositivos móviles solo pueden transmitir datos cuando están muy cerca unos de otros, lo que reduce el riesgo de fraude electrónico.

La mayoría de conversaciones entre ciberdelincuentes relacionadas a la tecnología NFC se han enfocado en la medida en que NFC puede permitir a los estafadores eludir las medidas de seguridad de Europay, Mastercard y Visa (EMV) al realizar compras con tarjeta. Los ciberdelincuentes también han estado compartiendo herramientas y tutoriales demostrando técnicas de clonado de tarjetas NFC para soportar varios esquemas fraudulentos.

Respuesta Rápida (QR)
QR es un método de comunicación sin contacto que funciona similar a los códigos de barra; el usuario escanea el código QR con una aplicación desde su teléfono móvil, se solicita una acción específica cómo abrir algún sitio web o enviar un pago. La tecnología QR es usada para métodos de pago sin contacto debido a que es muy conveniente. Tal cómo NFC, QR es rápida, fácil y no requiere contacto entre el teléfono móvil y el código QR.

Sin embargo, NFC se considera más segura y versátil que QR porque los códigos de QR y sus funciones permanecen estáticas una vez sean generadas, mientras que las etiquetas de NFC pueden almacenar información dinámica. Además, NFC permite a los usuarios realizar pagos casi instantáneos simplemente tocando su dispositivo móvil en un punto de pago, mientras que los códigos QR requieren que el usuario descargue y abra una aplicación QR en su teléfono inteligente, escanee el código QR y espere a que el teléfono reaccione al código.

La mayoría de métodos de pago sin contacto en Latinoamérica actualmente confían en la tecnología NFC o QR, y a medida que este tipo de tecnologías se siguen expandiendo en la región, los ciberdelincuentes continuarán buscando formas de aprovecharse de posibles vulnerabilidades o eludir las medidas de seguridad dentro de estos sistemas de pago.

Los analistas de Flashpoint anticipan que el interés de los ciberdelincuentes por la tecnología NFC y QR, así como el intercambio de herramientas relacionadas con el abuso de estos sistemas, probablemente aumentará.

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