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Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with the fastest, most comprehensive coverage of threatening activity on the internet. 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 Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Camacho leads the company’s global sales team, which includes solution architecture, business development, strategic integrations, partnerships, and revenue operations; he is also the architect of Flashpoint’s 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.
Donald Saelinger
President
Donald Saelinger is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Flashpoint’s growth and scale. In this role, Donald leads a broad portfolio including Marketing, Customer Success, Revenue Operations, Legal and related functions, and is focused on helping the company execute on a go-to-market approach that maximizes value to our customers. Prior to Flashpoint, Donald served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Endgame, Inc., an endpoint detection and response company acquired by Elastic N.V. in 2019, and where he led a range of teams focused on growth, scale, and legal and compliance matters. Donald also previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Opower, Inc. (NYSE: OPWR), a global provider of SaaS solutions to electric and gas utilities that was acquired by Oracle, Inc. in 2016. Donald graduated from Columbia University in 2000 and received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006.
Rob Reznick
SVP 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 Strategy and 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 Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Revenue Operations team at Flashpoint, aligning sales, marketing, partnerships, customer success, and finance 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.
Paul Farley
VP APAC Sales
Paul Farley is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of Flashpoint's international business, including Australia, Japan, and Singapore. In his role at Flashpoint, Paul is executing growth-oriented sales strategies across multiple countries and vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial. Paul has extensive experience leading regional sales for both pre-IPO growth businesses and large organizations such as RSA, EMC and DELL.
Steven Cooperman
VP Public Sector Sales
Steven Cooperman is responsible for Flashpoint’s strategy and sales growth of its public sector business. He also supports the development of a robust partner ecosystem for public sector business to deliver value added offerings and innovation focused to the mission of government. Steven has an established and diverse career in the Public Sector, holding leadership positions at a number of successful enterprise software companies and Federal System Integrators, including ServiceNow, HP, Oracle and Northrop Grumman. He holds an MA in Analytic Geography from the State University of New York - Binghamton, and received his BS in Geology from the State University - Oneonta.
Matthew Howell
VP 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
Glenn Lemons
Executive Director Strategic Accounts Engagement
Glenn Lemons is Executive Director, Strategic Accounts Engagement 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.
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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.

ISIS Attacks, Sept 2021: Key Trends and Geographic Analysis

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October 4, 2021
    • The following analysis is compiled by Flashpoint’s Physical Security & Counterterrorism Team. This monthly report provides the community with a detailed view of ISIS and ISIS-related activity; it’s intended to spread a broad awareness of the types of actionable intelligence that can help organizations track and mitigate risk.

    Key Takeaways: ISIS-Claimed Attacks, September 2021

  • ISIS activity has sharply increased in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s conquest of the country in August. ISIS-claimed attacks in Afghanistan increased 45% from August (16) to September (23). These attacks appear to be mainly targeted at rival Taliban fighters.
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  • Afghanistan has taken on new significance for the Islamic State as a whole, both as a potential base for future ISIS operations as well as providing ideological inspiration to recruits around the world. 
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  • ISIS activity in Syria appears to have cratered in recent months; it is unclear what exactly this dramatic decline can be attributed to. While the group continues to mount operations in the country, it is a feeble shadow of what the territorial caliphate once was.

ISIS attacks - September 2021
Iraq remains the overwhelming focus for ISIS. Recently, the lion’s share of ISIS operations in Iraq appear to have palpably shifted eastward from the Anbar and Saladin Provinces and towards Kirkuk and Diyala. 

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  • ISIS activity remains persistent in northeastern Nigeria, accounting for 16% of ISIS claims of responsibility. In particular, activity occurred near the internal borders of Nigeria’s Borno and Yobe States; and adjacent to Nigeria’s external borders with Cameroon and Niger. 
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  • Attacks by ISIS-affiliated militants have continued to escalate in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They appear to have also shifted northwards towards the DRC’s Ituri Province, away from their previous territorial focus in North Kivu Province.
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  • In Q3 2021 (June, July, August), ISIS claimed 403 attacks across the following countries, with nearly 45% occurring in June (180): Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, DRC, Egypt, Cameroon, Syria, Somalia, Philippines, Pakistan, Mozambique, and Niger.

Attacks Claimed by ISIS in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Sept. 2021
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Afghanistan was the second-most frequently targeted country by ISIS—accounting for 19% of global ISIS attacks (23) in September 2021—based on tallies of ISIS’s official statements of responsibility.

  • The Afghan city of Jalalabad alone accounted for 12% of claimed ISIS attacks worldwide, the most targeted single location around the globe for September.
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  • ISIS attacks took place more frequently in Afghanistan during September 2021 than in Pakistan, Somalia, the Philippines, Syria, and Egypt combined. Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province ranked second to only Diyala Province in Iraq as a focused hotbed for ISIS activity.
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  • All of the 23 attacks claimed by ISIS in Afghanistan during September 2021 allegedly targeted rival Taliban militants.

  • Likely in an attempt to capitalize on the focus on Islamic State Khorasan Province (IKSP) and Afghanistan overall, ISIS now attributes attacks carried out in Pakistan—or at least certain parts of the country, including major cities like Peshawar—to ISKP. ISIS previously attributed attacks in Pakistan to its Islamic State Pakistan Province (ISPP).
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  • The rise in the significance of the battlefield in Afghanistan can be measured in recent ISIS propaganda releases, which have put heavy focus on activities in the “Khorasan” region despite the complete departure of U.S. military forces. ISIS dedicated a full page in its weekly newsletter to highlight its attacks in Afghanistan over a 5-day period in September.
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  • In mid-September, Morocco’s Bureau Central d’Investigation Judiciaire (BCIJ) announced the arrest of 3 ISIS suspects in the city of Errachidia who were allegedly “in the process of preparing to carry out terrorist operations.” According to the BCIJ, the suspects became enamored with the ISIS branch in Afghanistan and sought to travel there under the belief that Afghanistan has become a “new haven” for terrorist organizations.
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  • This idea was evidently spurred by the August 26 suicide bombing at Kabul Airport that killed 13 U.S. soldiers, which the 3 men in Errachidia allegedly expressed their “support and blessings” for.

ISIS-Claimed Attacks in Iraq and Syria: Sept. 2021

  • Based on tallies of official statements of responsibility, Iraq was the most frequently targeted country by ISIS—accounting for 40% of global ISIS attacks in September 2021 (49 incidents).
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  • 2 of the top 5 provinces worldwide featured in ISIS claims of responsibility during August 2021 were in Iraq. The most frequently targeted province across the globe by ISIS is Iraq’s Diyala Province (15%), followed in fourth place by Kirkuk Province (10%).  However, there was a sharp, noticeable drop in the number of claimed ISIS attacks in Iraq’s Saladin Province, which only last month was the most frequent targeted province-sized area around the world (dropping from 16% of the total global aggregate to only 5%).

ISIS claimed 52 attacks in Iraq (49) and Syria (5) in September 2021, illustrated below:

Map of ISIS-claimed attacks in Iraq and Syria

Geomaps of ISIS attacks in Iraq over the past 4 months appear to show a shift in ISIS operations to the northeast away from Anbar and Saladin and towards Kirkuk.

  • However, Syria only accounted for 3% of ISIS operations in September (4 attacks total).  The drop is sudden and dramatic, particularly as Syria was viewed not long ago as the crux of the ISIS territorial caliphate.  This is the second month in a row that ISIS has carried out less than 5 attacks in Syria, signaling that this is likely a longer-term trend.
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  • Examining the overall timeline of ISIS claims of responsibility for attacks in Syria over the past 5 months (totaling 95), there is a clear decreasing trend visible over time. It is not fully clear if the lagging efforts by ISIS in Syria can be attributed to actions by the Syrian government and its allies, the U.S. government and its Syrian rebel allies, the Iraqi government and its militias, and/or other factors altogether.

ISI attacks in Iraq and Syria

ISIS-Claimed Attacks in Nigeria: Sept. 2021

  • Nigeria was the third most targeted country by ISIS in September—behind only Iraq and Afghanistan—accounting for 16% of ISIS claims of responsibility.  Nigeria’s Borno State was the third most targeted province by ISIS worldwide, accounting for 11% of ISIS attacks.
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  • The most frequently targeted location worldwide by ISIS in August was the town of Mallam Fatori, near the border with Niger, which was attacked 6 times in a row. ISIS launched at least 3 more attacks on Mallam Fatori in September. ISIS operations appear to be concentrated in three areas: 
    1. — on the Niger/Nigeria border;
    2. — on the Cameroon/Nigeria border; and
    3. — along the provincial border between Borno and Yobe States.

ISIS attacks Nigeria - Sept 2021

ISIS-Claimed Attacks in DRC: Sept. 2021

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) accounted for at least 8% of attacks claimed by ISIS worldwide for September 2021. Notably, the town of Komanda in the Ituri Province of the DRC was attacked at least 3 times by ISIS-affiliated militants during September.
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  • In recent months, attacks by ISIS-affiliated militants have been heavily concentrated in regions near the internal border between DRC’s North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, including the Oicha area north of Beni. Ituri Province has taken the lead over North Kivu and was the location of two thirds of claimed ISIS attacks in the DRC during September.
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