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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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What the Taliban’s Victory in Afghanistan Means for Al-Qaeda and ISIS

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August 25, 2021

With the fall of Afghanistan into Taliban hands, two key questions have emerged in relation to physical security and international terrorism:

  1. 1.   Given the Taliban’s close ties with Al-Qaeda over the last two decades, will the Taliban victory allow for a resurgence by Al-Qaeda and its jihadi allies?
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  3. 2.   How will rival militants from ISIS respond to the departure of Western troops and the ascension of a Taliban government?

Below, citing a variety of primary sources, including data drawn from Flashpoint’s collections, we detail evidence of the continuous, evolving relationship between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. We also provide insight into how the Taliban victory in Afghanistan may impact the activity of Al-Qaeda factions in the region, as well as ISIS.

The Taliban & Al-Qaeda: Tracking Recent Ties

While the Taliban may insist that times have changed since 9/11, when Afghanistan was a safe haven for Al-Qaeda—and that their connections with Al-Qaeda are no longer the same—there is good reason to treat those assertions skeptically. Given a new sanctuary and oxygen to fuel its recruitment in Afghanistan, it is possible that Al-Qaeda’s “recession” might only be short-lived.  Even if Al-Qaeda has been rendered somewhat toothless in recent years, this appears to have had no measurable impact on its relationship with the Taliban. 

There is ample evidence that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda remain actively committed to each other and work together. In May 2019, Al-Qaeda official As-Sahab Media released a video purporting to show footage from an ambush of an Afghan army convoy in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province.  The video explains that the ambush had been jointly planned by a group of Afghan and foreign fighters “under the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” i.e. the Taliban.  

According to former Taliban governor Abdul Salam Hanafi, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have closely collaborated on the latter’s peace negotiations with the United States. “Al-Qaeda trained the Taliban for the talks,” said Hanif. “It’s a bond that cannot be broken.” 

Last October, after the U.S. and the Taliban signed a deal, Edmund Fitton-Brown, the coordinator of the UN’s Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, and Taliban Monitoring Team, confirmed that recent peace talks had “not substantively” harmed the Taliban’s relationship with Al-Qaeda. “The Taliban were talking regularly and at a high level with al-Qaeda and reassuring them that they would honor their historic ties,” he told the BBC. “Al-Qaeda are heavily embedded with the Taliban and they do a good deal of military action and training action with the Taliban, and that has not changed.”

A May 2020 report by Fitton-Brown’s United Nations team explained how the Taliban/Al-Qaeda relationship is “based on friendship, a history of shared struggle, ideological sympathy, and intermarriage.” The report cited evidence that “Al-Qaeda and the Taliban held meetings over the course of 2019 and in early 2020 to discuss cooperation related to operational planning, training, and the provision by the Taliban of safe havens for Al-Qaeda members inside Afghanistan.” The UN report also mentions six meetings between Al-Qaeda and Taliban senior leadership held over the prior 12-month period. 

The most notable of these was a meeting in spring 2019 that took place in Sarwan Qal‘ah District of Helmand Province, at which Sadr Ibrahim, Mullah Mohammadzai, and former adviser to Mullah Mohammad Omar, Gul Agha Ishakzai, reportedly met with Hamza Usama Muhammad bin Laden to reassure him personally that the Islamic Emirate would not break its historical ties with Al-Qaida for any price. 

Hamza Bin Laden was the son of Al-Qaeda founder Usama Bin Laden and—at the time of this alleged meeting—was also widely considered to be his father’s heir-apparent as the leader of Al-Qaeda. The UN monitoring team cited evidence contributed from an unnamed United Nations Member State showing “that the regularity of meetings between Al-Qaeda seniors and the Taliban ‘made any notion of a break between the two mere fiction.’”

Widespread Celebration Among Taliban, Al-Qaeda Factions, Supporters

Word of the Taliban victory over the Afghan government and the seizure of the Afghan capital was quickly and enthusiastically welcomed by key forces within Al-Qaeda factions.

On August 10, Iyad Ghaly, the leader of Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), released a video in which he addressed several issues, including congratulating the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) on their victories.

On August 18, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), arguably the group’s single most important remaining faction, quickly issued a statement declaring, “Two decades of jihad, steadfastness, and willpower in the struggle with the Crusader West and infidel forces around the world have culminated in complete victory in the proud land of Afghanistan——and the defeat of America.”  

On August 23, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen released a joint statement congratulating the Taliban, noting that the Taliban’s victory is a vindication of the group’s steadfastesness. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) released a similar statement.

On August 23, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) released a statement congratulating the Taliban. GIMF is a media logistics unit affiliated with al-Qaeda.

A video posted on a Pakistani Taliban (TTP) Telegram channel (Umar Media) shows militants and other alleged foreign fighters rumored to be from Al-Qaeda being freed by the Taliban from Afghan government jails. 

The former deputy commander of the TTP has likewise issued his public “congratulations to the Muslim Ummah on the release of many prisoners including mujahideen” and has directly offered his “thanks to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”

Flashpoint Intelligence Shows ISIS Activity Quieting 

Twenty year after the U.S. first invaded Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are no longer the only players on the field. The “Khorasan” branch of ISIS remains very active. It has claimed responsibility for at least 105 military operations inside Afghanistan since May 1, 2021. ISIS has been surprisingly open about its loathing of its jihadi rivals and has proudly boasted of killing “apostate” Al-Qaeda and Taliban members. In the last two months alone, the Islamic State has claimed credit for six different assassinations and raids targeting the Taliban. 

ISIS attacks in Afghanistan were a near daily occurrence in 2021—that was, until August 14, when everything suddenly stopped dead.  

Map of ISIS attacks in Afghanistan
ISIS attacks in Afghanistan, May 1 – Present. (Image credit: Flashpoint)

Quite obviously, the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has had a significant impact on ISIS operations in the country, although it is not clear yet whether this merely reflects a transitional honeymoon period or a deliberate strategic decision on the part of ISIS. It is worth noting that since May, Flashpoint Intelligence shows that at least 25% of all ISIS attacks in Afghanistan took place in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad and at least 45% of them took place across surrounding Nangarhar Province more broadly. 

Graph of ISIS attacks in Afghanistan by area

Given that it was also August 14-15 when Taliban forces seized control of Jalalabad and Nangarhar, it appears that the moment the Taliban took control of their main area of operations in Afghanistan, ISIS went totally quiet. The only ISIS attack anywhere nearby that has taken place since the Taliban seizure of Nangarhar Province was an August 20 assassination of accused Pakistani intelligence spies in the Mamuzai area of Pakistan’s Orakzai Agency. Mamuzai is located about 20 miles south of the Afghan border—and on the other side is Nangarhar.

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