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
SVP 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
SVP 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
SVP 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
SVP 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
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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Exclusive Interview with Iraqi Shiite Insurgents Usbat al-Thaereen

8月 3, 2020
By Evan Kohlmann

Tech-savvy Iraqi Shiite insurgents firing rockets at U.S. troops in Iraq are now announcing their operations in advance on Telegram. In an exclusive interview with Flashpoint, an Usbat al-Thaereen spokesman scoffs at skeptics who claim the group is an Internet fantasy, and touts the sophistication of its “locally developed” reconnaissance drones.

In the wake of a January 2020 American airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Shiite militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, U.S. military bases in Iraq–along with the U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone–have been subjected to a steady stream of reprisals in the form of Katyusha rocket attacks. While there is still some debate over precisely who is responsible for launching these rockets, many of the most recent such incidents have been claimed by a shadowy nascent armed Iraqi Shiite faction known as Usbat al-Thaereen. The administrator of the pro-Shiite “Sabireen News” Telegram channel–who assisted in connecting Flashpoint with representatives of Usbat al-Thaereen–asserts that the group is responsible for more than 90% of the Katyusha rocket attacks that have taken place in Iraq during the first six months of 2020.

During an exclusive interview with Flashpoint, an Usbat al-Thaereen spokesman explained that the group was “created by a group of mujahideen, following the targeting of the martyred leaders, al-Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis and Hajj Qasim al-Soleimani… we took it upon ourselves to take revenge and to expel the occupiers until our last breath.” It is squarely focused on expelling Western “occupation forces” from Iraq and, at least for now, has taken no role in battling against an ongoing ISIS resurgence: “The forces currently on the ground are sufficient to fight ISIS, and if there is a need, we will intervene.”

Usbat al-Thaereen first publicly emerged in March 2020, in the immediate aftermath of two deadly attacks on U.S. military forces at Taji Air Base in northern Baghdad. On March 11, Camp Taji was attacked with a barrage of 15 rockets that killed two U.S. nationals along with a British soldier, and left 14 other U.S. soldiers, contractors, and assorted personnel injured. Three days later, on March 14, Taji Air Base was attacked again–this time with more than 25 107mm Katyusha rockets–wounding a total of seven people, including five U.S. and coalition soldiers. In response to the rocket attacks, the U.S. military accused pro-Iranian Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah of responsibility and launched punitive airstrikes targeting sites “associated with” Kataib Hezbollah near the Syrian border town of Al-Bukamal and at Karbala International Airport. The U.S. military launched additional strikes targeting “the Nawar Ahmad rocket storage site… the Al Musayyib weapons storage site; and two locations at Jurf as-Sakhr, one for storage of improved heavy rockets and another for propellant production and storage of advanced conventional weapons.”

On March 14, 2020, the same day as the second incident at Taji Air Base, Usbat al-Thaereen announced its existence in an inaugural communique issued through the Telegram online chat service–referencing recent rocket attacks in Iraq and narrating how “the assassination of our martyred leaders ignited a fire in our hearts and compelled [us] to force the departure of the occupying forces in a humiliating and degrading manner. What rejoices us is the fear that exists in the hearts of the occupying enemy as a result of our powerful operations.” The communique vowed that the “resistance” would “terrorize the enemies of Islam and Muslims” and that attacks in March were “only the beginning.” It further explained that “in response to the request of our mujahideen brothers… we declare that this blessed operation (bombarding the occupation base) is ours, and we don’t fear anyone by announcing it… We say to the hypocrites among the agents of the evil embassy, ​​’Your days are numbered.’”

The timing of its public emergence led to speculation as to whether Usbat al-Thaereen was an actual independent organization, or whether it was merely a front for Kataib Hezbollah (or potentially another rival Shiite militia) seeking to continue carrying out attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq while maintaining sufficient plausible deniability to avoid further crippling U.S. airstrikes. Another rumor theorized the group was a splinter faction of Kataib Hezbollah that disagreed with the latter’s announced decision to temporarily halt further attacks on U.S. forces. When asked about Kataib Hezbollah and their unilateral ceasefire with the U.S. military, a spokesman for Usbat al-Thaereen would only respond, “We ask Allah to bless them as well, as long as they are resisting the American occupation. As it relates to their decision, they know their situation and conditions best.” With regards to another prominent Shiite militia in Iraq Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the Usbat al-Thaereen spokesman had similar comments: “We ask Allah that he blesses them, as long as they are on the path of resistance and are fighting the American occupation.” The spokesman insisted, “Despite our pride in and love for our mujahideen brothers, we do not have any relationships with them. We can say that what connects us to them is the unity of the principle and a shared goal, which is the resistance and getting the American occupation out of Iraq.”

On March 30, 2020, Usbat al-Thaereen issued their second official statement announcing that they had been planning a rocket attack on Ain al-Assad Air Base to coincide with “a secret meeting of the occupying forces commanders, including the Assistant Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, the Deputy Chief of the American Air Force, and a Pentagon representative” but that “the operation was canceled to the presence of several Iraqis near where the meeting was held.” The communique added, “our rockets do not miss their targets and the recent operations at Camp Taji are the best evidence.”

During the first week of April 2020, Usbat al-Thaereen released video footage allegedly showing reconnaissance drones flying over the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and Ain al-Assad Air Base in western Iraq. The footage appears to have been released by the group in order to embarrass U.S. officials who had spoken publicly of the air defense systems guarding both facilities–and to demonstrate the reach of their technical intelligence in planning rocket attacks aimed at these targets. The group threatened, “What you have seen from the footage of the embassy of evil was not our first reconnaissance operations, nor the last of them.” The Usbat al-Thaereen spokesman told Flashpoint that “our drones… are locally manufactured, and were developed to conduct different operations.” Asked how Usbat al-Thaereen has been able to fly drones over U.S. diplomatic and military facilities in Iraq despite well-publicized air defense systems, the group’s spokesman explained, “Every army has weak points and every defense system has blind spots. We work to identify these weak points and then target them. As mentioned earlier, our drones are locally manufactured… we have capabilities that the enemy would not expect.”

In June, Usbat al-Thaereen began to more forcefully claim credit for rocket attacks, officially taking responsibility for a June 8 attack on Baghdad Airport, an attack early on June 11 targeting the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, and additional attacks on Baghdad Airport on June 16 and June 22. To buttress these claims, the group released alleged video footage of the rocket launches. Usbat al-Thaereen also began to post threatening excerpts from Quranic verses on its Telegram channel specifically coinciding with the attacks. Following the Baghdad Airport attack on June 16, Usbat cited Surah Ad-Dukhan in a message on Telegram, “Then watch for the Day when the sky will bring a visible smoke.”

Although initially these threats were posted after the attacks had already occurred, by late June, Usbat al-Thaereen began to directly announce new attacks to their online supporters even before the rockets had actually been fired.
  • At 8:35pm on June 22 (Baghdad local time)–before the attack was launched–the group posted a quotation from Surah al-Fajr, “No! When the earth has been leveled – pounded and crushed.” Thirty minutes later, “Sabireen News” posted a picture of the Usbat al-Thaereen logo on Telegram and hinted, “The white Kia has been unloaded”–along with pictures of a white Kia truck and a Katyusha rocket. At 9:34pm, approximately one hour after the initial post by Usbat al-Thaereen on Telegram, the Iraqi military Security Media Cell announced that a rocket attack had indeed taken place targeting Baghdad Airport.
  • This element of attack forecasting became even clearer in relation to a Katyusha rocket attack targeting the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on July 19. At 8:48am (Baghdad local time), Usbat al-Thaereen posted a new message on Telegram again quoting Surah Ad-Dukhan, “The Day We will strike with the greatest assault, indeed, We will take retribution.” Over three hours later, at approximately noon, rockets began impacting in the Green Zone.
While this does not entirely negate the possibility that Usbat al-Thaereen is some type of Kataib Hezbollah offshoot, it is convincing evidence that the group is not to be dismissed outright as the make-believe creation of Internet-based copycats. When asked by Flashpoint what response they could offer to skeptics who suggest Usbat al-Thaereen is a figment of someone’s imagination and merely exists in online chatrooms, the group’s spokesman scoffed, “Usbat al-Thaereen’s operations were witnessed by our enemies before our friends.” As to why the group would rely on niche online chat services like Telegram in order to communicate, the response was, “Because we do not have other media platforms since the other media platforms are subject to the occupation and allies’ policies, as such we cannot upload our content to them.”

Despite launching attacks on “American occupation forces inside Iraqi territory”, according to the Usbat al-Thaereen spokesman, “we do not currently operate outside of Iraq. Nonetheless, he had harsh words for several of Iraq’s regional neighbors:

“Israel is raping various populations and is the source of terrorism… our opinion of it is the same as that of America. They both represents the hands that support terrorism in the world. As for Saudi Arabia and the UAE, we have clarified it previously, whoever is connected to America is an enemy and any country that supports American projects in the region is an enemy. As for Syria, it is not in a better position then us, due to its suffering from American interventions, and its creation, ISIS. We are aware that what caused the current situation in Syria are American policies in the region.”

The group’s spokesman was also highly critical of the Iraqi government. In regards to the U.S. airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, he insisted, “The Iraqi government’s response did not match at all the size of the heinous crime…there is no appropriate response yet. We consider the appropriate response to be finishing the path of the martyrs… which is to expel the occupying forces from Iraqi territory. Asked whether they had attempted to directly communicate their grievances to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the Usbat al-Thaereen spokesman told Flashpoint, “The truth is that we have no communication with him… we don’t consider the current prime minister to be up to the responsibility… our first and last goal is to get the occupation out. Whoever works to get it out is a friend, and whoever seeks to keep it, is an enemy. Our position is steadfast… our only language with the occupation is that of the weapon.” The only nation that has been singled out for praise as a desirable partner for Usbat al-Thaereen is Iran. According to its spokesman, the group “seeks good relations with everyone who shares our goals and principles including the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Surprisingly, Usbat’s spokesman denied any familiarity with other smaller like-minded armed Iraqi Shiite dissident factions that have sprouted over the past year (such as Ashab al-Kahf and Liwaa al-Muhandis). Conversely, the larger influential Shiite militias like Kataib Hezbollah, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba have conspicuously avoided publicly mentioning Usbat al-Thaereen, perhaps never once by name. Yet clearly, the former are at least aware of its existence–if not openly supportive of its activities. In April, al-Nujaba’s official media wing released a new propaganda poster created from Usbat al-Thaereen’s drone surveillance video of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad along with the caption, “Our eyes are watching your positions from above.”

While neither Al-Qaida nor ISIS have expressed any particular reticence in targeting diplomats and diplomatic facilities, Usbat al-Thaereen has been much more circumspect on the subject. When pressed about the legitimacy of rocket attacks on foreign embassies in Iraq, Usbat al-Thaereen’s spokesman defended them, insisted, “Our goal is clear, and we have previously mentioned it, taking revenge for the martyrs and expelling the occupiers. If this goal is achieved, then there will absolutely be no targeting of diplomats… All diplomats are welcome except those from the occupying countries.” According to the spokesman, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad is exempt from any kind of protective sanctity typically afforded to foreign diplomats because “it is a military base using a diplomatic cover.” Asked what message they would seek to deliver to the U.S. government and the Trump administration, the Usbat al-Thaereen spokesman replied, “You are too weak to remain [in Iraq], and we are too honest to remain silent. Your ending is guaranteed.”

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