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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-19 Key Developments: Week of May 2-8

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maio 11, 2020

Government Responses:
Countries across the world are implementing measures to reopen economies and ease lockdown restrictions. These plans include multiple phases to avoid potential spikes in infection rates.

This week, White House officials announced plans for the Coronavirus Task Force to wind down its efforts, citing plateaus in the number of infections and deaths related to the epidemic. They later said the group would shift its focus to economic recovery.  

European countries continue to move to reopen, with some countries easing movement restrictions and allowing more employees to return to work and some schools to reopen. These measures have also been accompanied by social distancing regulations to help prevent a new spike in infections.

Greece has announced victory over the pandemic, and plans to reopen the country to tourism beginning in July.

The United Kingdom has not loosened its restrictions, but the government has announced it is working on a staggered plan to reopen the country gradually.

Australia’s government announced a three-phase approach to reopening the country: The first stage will allow restaurants to reopen, the second stage will allow other services such as gyms and movie theaters to reopen, and the third will allow office workers to return to physical offices and permit gatherings of up to 100 people. Officials will review results each week to evaluate when localities can move to subsequent phases.

Coronavirus and Cybercrime:
Threat actors continue to find new ways to leverage the coronavirus pandemic to carry out fraud schemes and malicious campaigns.

On May 5, 2020, the US Department of Justice announced that two individuals in Rhode Island have been charged with fraudulently seeking more than half a million dollars in Small Business Administration loans administered under the CARES Act. These were the first individuals charged with fraudulently attempting to obtain the funds disbursed through the act.

Iran-linked hackers have allegedly been targeting US-based drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. in recent weeks. Gilead has reported promising trials of a drug to combat the coronavirus. These attacks have reportedly included targeted phishing campaigns to steal employee passwords. Iran has denied the activities, and there is limited information available to confirm the reports.

Flashpoint analysts continue to monitor threat actor discussions of fraud activities exploiting the pandemic, including the following posts identified this week in our collections:

An English-speaking threat actor posted two government checks issued under the CARES Act for a total of $3,900, purportedly in an attempt to prove they have access to a supply of the checks.

An English-speaking threat actor posted an ad on an illicit marketplace that they have developed a new scam page that they claim can be used against multiple banks. They claim they have integrated additional features, such as requiring the user to enter security questions to advance. They also said the scam page appears as a custom Canada Emergency Response Benefit site that asks the user to provide name and social security number, and “checks their info, tells them how much they are entitled to receive and lets them choose from 16 banks where to deposit the money.”

An English-speaking actor operating under the alias posted on a paste site that they are selling a fifty-page ebook that provides tutorials for obtaining COVID-19 government stimulus funding, claiming there are a variety of methods to illegitimately obtain this money since safety checks are insufficient. According to the actor, they have twenty-five methods that apply to the following countries’ aid programs: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,  Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.

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

COVID-19 conspiracy “documentaries”: Flashpoint analysts observed several longer videos that spread conspiracy theories and unfounded narratives about COVID-19, often in a documentary style and sometimes with the participation of people who are introduced as scientific or medical researchers or doctors. Disinformation actors have a growing tendency of relying on doctors and researchers who are often disgraced in their own field to lend credibility to conspiracy theories.

These included a video produced by “Shake My Head Productions” that claims, based on intentionally misinterpreted information, that the pandemic has been “50 years in the making” by a global elite to take control over governments; a video produced by Dutch “crop circle researcher” Janet Ossebaard that spreads the 5G conspiracy theory; and an hourlong video titled “COVID 1984 Pandemic” that, using cropped footage from various videos (many of them showing Bill Gates), argues that the pandemic is a man-made scam that was brought about to implement a hidden agenda, namely “Event 201.”

Most important in the past week seemed to be a half-hour-long film titled “Pandemic,” made by Mikki Willis and featuring the anti-vaccination activist Judy Mikovits, that makes the unfounded claim that COVID-19 was caused by flu vaccines. Mikovits makes several misleading or false claims in the video, which was shot in a slick documentary style and benefited from weeks of building up “plandemic” as a social media hashtag on various platforms.

Surveys have shown that conspiracy theories linking vaccines to COVID-19 are already affecting people’s perception of a future COVID-19 vaccine, with a growing number of Americans saying they would refuse to be vaccinated against the disease. This could hamper efforts to defeat the virus and create security risks. Alex Jones, a known disinformation peddler, suggested “executing” Bill Gates in response to conspiracy theories that Gates is attempting to control the Earth’s population through a COVID-19 vaccine.

Disinformation about contact tracing: Campaigns on various extremist platforms have called on people to resist the compulsory contact tracing that will likely be a vital element of any lockdown exit strategy. Speakers identify contact tracing as an element of a deep state conspiracy.

Members of extremist communities are to a large extent primed to accept any pandemic-related policy as deep state conspiracy, but communication about “an army of contact tracers” probably did not help.

Since surveys show that most of the US population remains supportive of lockdowns, Flashpoint analysts currently assess the associated risk as low.

Questioning death figures: In parallel to narratives discounting the threat of the pandemic, disinformation claiming that authorities are tampering with death figures also proliferate. Viral posts spreading on Facebook claimed that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made 30,000 COVID-19 deaths “disappear.” A tweet claimed that New York’s death rate is 200 times higher than that of the world’s ten largest cities.

Disinformation narratives associated with political and business leaders:

A liberal satire website that aims to mislead Trump supporters created a story about the Democratic Party ostensibly trying to take away stimulus payments from members of the military.

Chinese and Russian bots attacked a Chinese businessman who has been critical of China’s COVID-19 response. Chinese government-linked accounts across social media criticized the United States for its pandemic response.

Various narratives accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of cooperating with the Wuhan Institute of Virology—which some called the source of the virus—or denying the beneficial effects of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug with no proven effects on the virus.

Actions by social media platforms: 
Platforms have continued to fight COVID-19-related disinformation.

Facebook announced the takedown of eight sets of accounts exhibiting inauthentic behavior, including from Iran, Russia, and the United States. The US accounts amplified “QAnon” conspiracy theorists who in recent weeks have pushed several COVID-19-related disinformation narratives.

TikTok added a feature to allow users to report COVID-19-related disinformation and misinformation.

The International Fact-Checking Network started a WhatsApp chatbot to send pandemic-related fact checks to users.

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