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Our highly-skilled practitioners are trained to meet clients where they are – whether that be in the midst of a crisis or proactively seeking cybersecurity services.

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What is Fortified Security?

Fortalice was founded to be the security company that was lacking when we were in senior levels of government and industry. Fortalice is defined as a small fort, fortified house, or outwork of fortification. Informally around Fortalice, we have two inside jokes – first, it’s “Fort-a-liss"… not “Fort-alice” or “Fort-a-leeeese"; second - the verb form of Fortalice is “Fortified”. + READ

Are You

We believe preparation is the best strategy to protect an organization.


Offensive Perspectives

Over on our Vimeo, Fortalice Director of Offensive Cybersecurity Operations (OCO) Matt Shirley talks the red team's perspective on cyber threats and exploiting them on behalf of our clients. + READ


We transform a reactive security model into a proactive, results-based model.


Election Security and Cybersecurity Best Practices

CEO & Founder Theresa Payton spoke to Julie Mason, Host of the Press Pool with Julie Mason on SiriusXM, following the historic 2020 election. Theresa and Julie had a general catch-up covering election security and cybersecurity best practices. + READ


We protect and strengthen against cybercrime and predict where crime is going.


Theresa Payton
Theresa Payton
CEO and Chief Advisor

Theresa Payton remains the cybersecurity and intelligence operations expert people and companies turn to. From the boardroom to the server room, she unceasingly and passionately protects her clients from the cyber world’s worst adversaries and gives them an understanding of the risks threatening their organizations’ cybersecurity.

Melissa O’Leary
Melissa O’Leary
Chief Strategy Officer

An unflappable results-driven executive, Melissa O’Leary leads Fortalice's corporate strategy while also advising high-profile government and industry clients on cybersecurity issues, trends, and best practices. By balancing the company’s “big picture” vision and values with sound, tailored decision-making, Melissa steers Fortalice toward achieving goals that meet its public and private sector clients’ diverse needs.

Bridget O’Connor
Bridget O’Connor
Chief Operating Officer

Bridget O’Connor is a seasoned operations and management professional responsible for Fortalice's operations and recruiting. For Fortalice, Bridget serves as a stabilizing force managing the organization’s growth objectives, including employee hiring and retainment, while representing the firm to clients and business partners with her dynamic, personable, and professional “white glove” style.