Fortalice Solutions CEO and Founder, Theresa Payton has announced the promotion of Bridget O’Connor and Melissa O’Leary to the position of Partner of Fortalice Solutions.
Bridget O’Connor is a seasoned operations and management professional responsible for Fortalice's operations and business development. Bridget serves as a stabilizing force managing the organization’s growth objectives, while representing Fortalice to clients and business partners with her dynamic, personable, and professional white glove style.
Melissa O’Leary is an unflappable results-driven professional. Melissa 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 vision and values with sound, tailored decision-making, Melissa steers Fortalice toward achieving goals that meet its public and private sector clients’ diverse needs.
“Our mission is to bring together the sharpest minds in cyber security to protect people, businesses and Nations from the world’s most sophisticated adversaries. I am excited to announce this important milestone at Fortalice Solutions” said CEO and Founder, Theresa Payton. “Bridget and Melissa have proven to be exceptional executive leaders who have utilized their experience and expertise to serve Fortalice clients and help protect them from cybercrime.”
During the course of our investigative work, Fortalice has observed an increasing and alarming trend: personal email compromise is leading to business email compromise. Threat actors will leverage weaknesses regarding executives’ or board members’ personal cybersecurity hygiene to gain access to their business accounts. Extortion also remains a top cybersecurity threat, with organized criminals overseas routinely targeting corporations and the people who support them.
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was shuttered early this month and had its deposits seized in the largest U.S. bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis. Although it may seem like SVB’s collapse will only impact its direct customers and depositors, it is far more complicated. Like vultures to roadkill, cyber scammers often wait to exploit and target victims after tragedy strikes, or bad news arises. A perfect storm of stress, uncertainty, and urgency for customers and vendors alike during this time can impair someone’s judgement when they click links and open emails they otherwise would ignore or delete. Fortalice has outlined a few different ways cybercriminals social engineer their victims during times of extreme distress and insecurity.