Inc Magazine Puts THE Critical Supply Chain Cybersecurity Company on 2024 Southeast Region’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies List 


ORLANDO, FL | March 1, 2024 – Fortress Information Security’s impressive growth over the last two years earned the company a coveted spot on Inc. Magazine’s coveted Inc. 5000 list of the Southeast region’s fastest-growing private companies.  


In the two years Inc. studied, Fortress’ revenues grew 77 percent. Fortress is the critical supply chain cybersecurity leader protecting nearly half of America’s power grid and national defense assets for three branches of the U.S. military from cyber threats. Fortress has worked with 45 utilities, 3 regional transmission operators, and 1 independent power producer while building a database of cyber information on more than 50,000 vendors.   


Over the past two years, Fortress has anticipated and met the immediate needs of critical industry customers by: 

  • Introducing the North American Energy Software Assurance Database (NAESAD) to ensure public and private energy companies can navigate new federal software regulations. 
  • Steering energy companies through new hardware guidelines from the North American Energy Reliability Cooperation North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). 
  • Teaming with the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) to provide a standardized means of evaluating cybersecurity for commercial off-the-shelf drones. 
  • Collaborating with other members of the Critical Infrastructure Consortium to address supply chain risk concerns and add value to security and compliance programs. 
  • Expanding its work with the Department of Defense (DoD) by providing vulnerability prioritization and orchestration as well as critical insight into weapons systems supply chains to comply with the latest guidance from NIST 800-161. 


“We are continuing to experience hyper-growth in 2024 as companies and governments recognize the urgent need to secure supply chains,” said Alex Santos, CEO and co-founder of Fortress. “This growth comes from our determination to keep our partners in the energy industry and other critical infrastructure sectors safe.” 


The company’s new brand, “Absolutely Critical,” reflects its commitment to securing the critical supply chain. Santos says this is just the beginning of Fortress’ expansion into other critical infrastructure sectors - gas, oil, water, minerals/mining, and transportation.  


“America faces cyber threats from around the globe and our adversaries have put a target on the critical infrastructure sectors,” said Santos. “We are determined to protect the critical industries that ensure our national and economic security.” 


About Fortress 
Securing critical supply chains and cyber assets from evolving threats. 
Fortress. Absolutely Critical. 


North American Energy Software Assurance Database (NAESAD): An industry-wide collaborative database to create and share Software Bills of Materials (SBOM) in products used by utilities across North America. NAESAD is led by several investor-owned utilities (including AEP, Southern, Xcel, and NiSource) and managed by Fortress Information Security to create a comprehensive SBOM library for common vendors and suppliers. 


More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regionals 


The 2024 Inc. 5000 Regionals are ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2020 and 2022. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2020. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2022. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2020 is $100,000; the minimum for 2022 is $1 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.   


About Inc. Media  
The world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. 


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