SSW Episode19

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Opening Discussion

This week on Startup Security Weekly Paul and Michael interview Josh Lefkowitz the CEO of Flashpoint.

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Interview: Josh Lefkowitz, CEO of Flashpoint and Chris Camacho, Flashpoint

Chris Camacho, Flashpoint

Josh Lefkowitz is the CEO of Flashpoint, the global leader in Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) from the Deep & Dark Web. He has worked extensively with authorities to track and analyze terrorist groups. Lefkowitz also served as a consultant to the FBI's senior management team and worked for a top tier, global investment bank. Lefkowitz holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Williams College.

Josh Lefkowitz, CEO Flashpoint

Chris Camacho partners with Flashpoint's executive team to develop, communicate, and execute strategic initiatives. With over 15 years of cybersecurity leadership experience, he has led initiatives across Operational Strategy, Incident Response, Threat Management, and Security Operations to ensure cyber risk postures align with business goals. 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.

  • What is unique about running a security startup?
  • How about moving from a services/consulting company to a product company?
  • What are some unique things investors are interested in when talking to security startups?
  • Where are the best opportunities in the market for security startups?
  • What advice do you have for those who may have an idea and want to create a security startup?
  • What are some of the most exciting security startups in the industry right now and why?
  • What advice do you have for enterprises looking at solution and considering (or not) a solution for a security startup?

Startup Stories

Michael's Stories

  • Foolish And Focused ==> Look at the focus. And then look at the taking risks. And then contrast those. Then read the next one.

Paul's Stories

Startup & Security Notes

SECDO develops a cyber security platform that offers contextual investigation, alerts validation and response remediation services for organizations.

Kenna Security is a risk intelligence and vulnerability management platform that enables organizations to measure and monitor security services.

Optiv Inc is being acquired by KKR, adding to it's infosec company lineup of Darktrace, Ping Identity, and Cylance Inc. (and the IPO was canceled).

The Startup Grind: updates

Michael's Straight Talk Framework

  • Engaging in more conversations, learning what is actually important about the Straight Talk Framework
  • Working with more teams; tweaking the Straight Talk Experience course
  • Planning for some new stuff in January, and something exciting in Q1
  • Getting back into the writing groove -- check it out, engage, and help me spread the word
  • Always looking for more Straight Talk conversations - hit me up with your challenges, questions, and success stories! Keep 'em coming!

What I published this week

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