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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 / VP Operations
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 client engagement and development team, which includes customer success, 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.
Brian Costello
SVP Global Sales and Solution Architecture
Brian Costello, a 20-year information technology and security solutions veteran, is responsible for leading the Global Sales, Solution Architecture, and Professional Services teams at Flashpoint. Throughout his career, Brian has successfully built security and cloud teams that have provided customers with innovative technology solutions, exceeded targets and consistently grown business year over year. Prior to Flashpoint, Brian led a global security and cloud vertical practice for Verizon. Brian also held senior leadership roles at Invincea, Risk Analytics and Cybertrust. Brian received his B.A. from George Mason University.
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
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.
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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.
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Flashpoint Introduces Innovative Approach for Use Case-Driven Intelligence

March 20, 2019

Company Uniquely Assesses Intelligence Requirements to Support Cybersecurity, Fraud, Insider Threat, Corporate & Physical Security, and Third-Party Risk Teams

New York, NY, March 20, 2019 — Flashpoint, the global leader in Business Risk Intelligence (BRI), today introduced a new use case-driven approach to its packaged solutions that allows organizations to more effectively consume and automate threat intelligence. These offerings support traditional cybersecurity and operations use cases, as well as fraud, insider threat, corporate & physical security, and third-party risk.

While every organization needs meaningful intelligence and information, not every organization consumes it in the same way. By working with the private and public sector to prioritize their intelligence requirements, Flashpoint can uniquely support different sized organizations in dozens of industries that have varying program maturity, and deliver relevant context to a broad range of teams. For example:

  • Cyber Threat Intelligence: Gain the context needed to quickly discern and take action on relevant alerts and indicators of compromise (IoCs) while reducing false positives; identify and mitigate imminent or existing threats; and initiate and shape protective measures to proactively mitigate threats and reduce organizational risk.
  • Corporate & Physical Security: Track conspiring actors and imminent threats across illicit communities at scale, to support physical security investigations, mitigation, and response efforts. For public-sector organizations, Flashpoint also supports counterterrorism missions.
  • Fraud: Identify and halt imminent fraud schemes and related threats, and monitor for relevant data leaks, and marketplace and payment-card shop offerings.
  • Insider Threat: Support insider threat investigations, mitigations, response, and forensics efforts. Share proven guidance for building an internal insider threat team.
  • Third-Party Risk: Provide deep analysis of third-party vendors to help support visibility into partners’ security controls and development processes.

“Intelligence programs are not ‘one size fits all,’ and pushing only automated feeds or indicators without context to a customer creates more noise than it creates solutions,” said Josh Lefkowitz, CEO and Co-Founder, Flashpoint. “Different teams analyze data differently based on their use cases, and the best way to help these teams is to focus solutions on use cases, not on a source of data or technology.”

Flashpoint’s use-case driven intelligence approach starts by including the following, which can be tailored according to organization size, industry, and team focus, to ensure contextual analysis and immediate action:

  • Flashpoint Intelligence Platform: Grants access to an expansive archive of finished intelligence reports, data from illicit forums in translated languages, marketplaces, chat services such as Telegram, technical indicators, and risk intelligence observables (RIOs) in a single, streamlined experience.
  • Curated Alerting: Relevant tactical analysis and risk assessments from illicit online communities, based on continual “human-in-the-loop” monitoring of alerts based on intelligence requirements (IRs).
  • Requests for Information: Direct access to Flashpoint intelligence analysts with specific questions to help teams fill intelligence gaps.

The company works with customers to create optimal search patterns, capture intelligence requirements, and prioritize keywords and identifiers. Multilingual intelligence analysts, with years of experience navigating illicit online communities, assess whether the risk poses a threat to the customer, help maintain a high signal-to-noise ratio, and provide additional context to foreign language content.

“Flashpoint stands alone when it comes to the diversity of its offerings, and the way that it can support different types of organizations, industries, and teams, in assessing and addressing their intelligence requirements,” said DJ Goldsworthy, Director of Security Operations and Threat Management at Aflac.

The next step is for organizations to determine how they want intelligence delivered and consumed, and can also choose an approach that includes:

  • Flashpoint API: Near real-time access to finished intelligence, forums, technical indicators, and RIOs, allowing users to enrich and enhance internal data with our targeted data acquired from highly curated services.
  • Industry Alerting: Tactical information derived from conversations from illicit communities in a customer’s respective industry. For customers without highly visible brands, industry alerting on trends can also keep them aware of potential threats against them, even if not mentioned by name.
  • Customer Success: Comprised of former analysts who have spent their careers serving various public and private organizations, our team brings industry-related experience, supporting operations in cybersecurity, fraud, and counterterrorism.

As organizations learn more about specific risks hitting their sector or use case, they can evaluate the following options that specifically address targeted threats, staff augmentation, or threat-actor tracking:

  • Executive Exposure Reports: Comprehensive evaluation of online risk exposure and threats targeting executives provides a narrative that identifies the areas of risk to executives and the business and includes human-derived analysis, as well as key takeaways and next steps to reduce risk.
  • Threat Response & Readiness: Prepare for, as well as quickly assess and respond to, a ransomware or cyber extortion attack. Flashpoint provides research to organizations impacted by attacks, and also directly engages with threat actors; includes access to cryptocurrency.
  • Insider Threat Assessment: Augments existing resources and expertise to enhance, or assess a need for an in-house insider threat function. The program is supported by Flashpoint’s seasoned insider threat experts, who have unparalleled experience building insider threat programs for Fortune 50 companies to federal government agencies.
  • Flashpoint Analyst Services Team (FAST): Fueled by Flashpoint’s robust technology, unmatched expertise, and industry-leading professional services, empowers customers with operational and tactical intelligence updates tailored to their requirements on a regular cadence. FAST analysts hunt for threats impacting an organization and proactively provide quick assessments, rapid actor engagement, and procurement and analysis of relevant data.
  • Actor Engagement: ​Flashpoint is able to securely and anonymously engage with threat actors on a customer’s behalf. The team is able to support objectives such as: procurement of relevant data, verifying the legitimacy, extent, and impact of a suspected attack or cyber-extortion situation, or evaluating the credibility of a suspected attacker’s claims.

According to Gartner, “[Threat Actor Tracking] is arguably one of the most advanced threat intelligence (TI) use cases, because it often requires an expensive list of staffing and technologies invested over a long time. However, it can produce large benefits, because, once you establish and have the TTPs correlated, actors’ behaviors appear and are often repeated. This is where TI can be proactive.”1

Flashpoint also recognizes that information sharing in the intelligence community is one of the most powerful tools. That is why all customers are provided with some level of access to its Flashpoint Collaboration (FPCollab), a cross-industry community that includes industry veterans across the company’s extensive customer base. This trust network provides a channel for collaboration and timely intelligence to facilitate more effective decisions around risk, and features live communication between more than 1,000 users as events unfold.

“Organizations and teams across every industry are having to assess and address a larger number of potential threats than ever before,” said Michael Antico, Chief Information Security Officer of a biometric company. “It is incredibly important to use a wide variety of unique data sources when evaluating these threats, but the true benefit of having a partner like Flashpoint is its ability to help us understand how we can immediately action them.”

Flashpoint delivers these products and services in several progressive packages, tailored to an organization’s size, industry, and teams. Learn the best fit for your organization.

1 Gartner, Market Guide for Security Threat Intelligence Products and Services, Craig Lawson, Ruggero Contu, Ryan Benson, 19 February 2019

About Flashpoint
Flashpoint delivers converged intelligence and risk solutions to private and public sector organizations worldwide. As the global leader in Business Risk Intelligence (BRI), Flashpoint provides meaningful intelligence to assist organizations in combating threats and adversaries. Through sophisticated technology, advanced data collections, and human-powered analysis, Flashpoint is the only intelligence firm that can help multiple teams across an organization bolster cybersecurity, confront fraud, detect insider threats, enhance corporate and physical security, improve executive protection, address third-party risk, and support due diligence efforts. Flashpoint is backed by Georgian Partners, Greycroft Partners, TechOperators, K2 Intelligence, Jump Capital, Leaders Fund, Bloomberg Beta, and Cisco Investments. For more information, visit https://www.flashpoint-intel.com/ or follow us on Twitter at @FlashpointIntel.

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