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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.
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In New Audio Message, ISIS Spokesperson Abu Omar al-Muhajir Calls for Attacks in the West 

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April 19, 2022

Threat environment

On April 17, ISIS’s official spokesperson, Abu Omar al-Muhajir, released his second audio message since assuming his new role. The audio message, which is over 33 minutes long, began with a congratulatory note on the holy month of Ramadan then quickly became bellicose. Given the context in which the newest message was released, and the language it contains, the threat posed by ISIS followers may be elevated at this time.

Call to arms

After his congratulatory note, al-Muhajir announced the launch of the campaign “Revenge Incursion for the Two Sheikhs” (or “غزوة الثأر للشيخين” in Arabic) to avenge the deaths of the former ISIS leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurayshi, and his official spokesperson, Abu Hamza al-Qurashi. Al-Muhajir quoted both the Quran and the Hadith to validate the new campaign. He called to avenge the deaths of the former ISIS leaders by “painfully striking” the enemies of “al-mujahideen” and saying that if they kill, they should “kill by many.” This call was made to the group’s followers worldwide and asked them to remain patient, but also be ready when the “war” begins.

Al-Muhajir delivered greetings from ISIS’s newest leader, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, to all believers for their jihad and pledges of allegiance and the speedy manner in which they pledged their allegiance to him—all the way from “East Asia to West Africa, and from Europe in the north to Yemen in the south.” 

Related: ISIS Attacks, March 2022: Key Trends, Statistics, and Geographic Analysis

He also added special regards to ISIS fighters in West Africa for sustaining their fight and conquests against the “nonbelievers” and congratulating them on “breaking their cross.”

A few hours after the speech was delivered, fighters in Syria began an offensive against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the al-Busaira area. Pro-ISIS Telegram channels celebrated this attack and used the hashtag “#غزوة ــ الثأر ــ للشيخين” (“Revenge Incursion for the Two Sheikhs”).

The Five Messages

The audio release also included five messages addressed to current and former ISIS members, ISIS prisoners, and Muslims around the world, including Muslims in Europe and the United States. Overall, the five messages in the audio called for attacks on the group’s enemies, the so-called heretics and the nonbelievers.

Below are the main points highlighted in al-Muhajir’s five messages addressed to Muslims worldwide.

1) Message to the Prisoners

Abu Omar al-Muhajir addressed the imprisoned ISIS members, saying freeing them from their prisons is the group’s top priority and “an obligation and a debt.” He called on all fighters to spend time to plan, prepare, and execute operations to liberate all prisoners. He added that fighters should kill the prison guards and make them an example for the rest of the guards for violating the Muslims’ honor.

2) Message to Those Who Abandoned the Ranks

The second message was addressed to former ISIS fighters who left the ranks. Al-Muhajir strongly condemned their lack of effort to join in the battles and fight in the name of God and urged them to rejoin before they become prey for the enemy.

3) Message to the Muslim “Ummah”

The third message was addressed to the Muslim “Ummah,” or nation. Al-Muhajir called upon its people to look at their governments’ efforts to make peace with Israel, saying that these governments have always been partners with Israel secretly but now are demonstrating it openly and contradicting all the slogans they formerly used to liberate Palestine and Jerusalem. He added that Jerusalem will only be liberated by “al-Muwahideen,” a term ISIS leaders have used to describe the group and its followers.

He also said the group condemns the Abraham Accords, the Shias and their offense against Sunni symbols represented by Prophet Muhammad’s companions (known in Arabic as “al-Sahabah”), and women’s rights laws.

4) Message to Those Who Fight the State

The fourth message Al-Muhajir addressed was to all so-called nonbelievers and heretics who fight ISIS and its presence. Al-Muhajir said that ISIS and its fighters are in this war to raise the name of God above all and for God’s law to preside over human-made laws—they are not fighting to gain territory or a piece of land.

5) Message to the ‘Lone Wolves’

The fifth and last message was addressed to Muslims in Europe and the United States. Al-Muhajir called on them to follow the lead of past “lone wolves” who conducted operations that “filled [the United States and Europe] with terror.” He asked them to repeat these operations by stabbing, attacking, and ramming, and taking the recent attacks that took place in Israel in late March as an example to follow.

Al-Muhajir also urged fighters in the West to choose their targets carefully and observe them well, adding, “They are plenty and the opportunity is available before you now.” The spokesperson further noted that Europe is now divided and “the crusaders” are fighting each other, almost certainly in reference to the Russia-Ukraine war.

Perspectives on the Russia-Ukraine war

The ISIS spokesperson also said that the US and Europe are afraid of the Russia-Ukraine war, mainly because they are “forced to enter” it as Russia “attempts to restore the glory of the ‘Soviet Union.’” 

Al-Muhajir added that as the US and Europe enter this war “slowly,” they are also dragging other nations into it so as the consequences or losses caused by it are not endured by one country over another. 

ISIS’s spokesperson concluded his remarks on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war with a prayer saying “We ask God that they busy themselves with each other and divide their word and may they destroy each other.”

Reflections of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani

Similar calls to arms were made by ISIS’s first and perhaps most notorious spokesperson, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. In 2014 and 2015, al-Adnani was featured in messages in which he called explicitly for attacks on Western targets by use of unsophisticated tactics such as stabbings. Al-Adnani’s speeches were filled with charged language, and while causation cannot be ascertained, several jihadists subsequently conducted attacks in the West utilizing these unsophisticated tactics. For instance, in the United States, a couple shot and killed at least fourteen people and injured 21 in San Bernardino, California, in 2015. In Europe, at least 130 people were killed and 350 others were injured in a series of attacks in France following a coordinated effort by eight pro-ISIS fighters who carefully selected their targets across Paris.

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