Former U.S. Congressman (R-NY) John Katko, joins the Advisory Board of Fortress Information Security (Fortress), the leader in critical supply chain cyber security. Katko, an original co-sponsor of the legislation that created the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a driving force behind the multiple increases in funding CISA received after its inception, offers a unique perspective on how policy and legislation can drive industry action on cybersecurity.
Earlier this year, Katko was named to the CISA advisory board by CISA Director Jen Easterly. He served four terms in the U.S. Congress from 2015-2023 and was the Ranking Member on the House Homeland Security Committee. Previously, Katko was an Assistant United States Attorney who led the organized crime division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse, NY.
“Our nation’s most critical assets face challenges that threaten our national security. Government and the private sector must collaborate to mitigate the risks posed by nation-state actors looking to inflict economic, physical, and societal harm,” Katko said. “Fortress provides a means for entire industries to team up and protect themselves from supply chain cyber threats and deal with newly emerging threats originated by the software supply chain and AI. I look forward to working with co-founders Alex Santos and Peter Kassabov, as well as the entire Fortress team.”
“There are few people who understand the cybersecurity challenges facing the federal government like former Congressman Katko. The distinguished Congressman is a trusted voice who can help Fortress and our clients navigate an ever-changing set of cybersecurity rules and regulations,” said Alex Santos, CEO of Fortress. “Furthermore, we add another top mind to our team of experts working to protect critical infrastructure supply chains operations from hostile nation-states and skilled threat actors.”
Katko joins Advisory Board members Norm Willox, Ben Miron, Emily Murphy, Brian Harrell, and Anna Cotton. The Board of Directors includes Santos, Kassabov, Linkun Wan, Alex Weiss, Vivek Shivananda, Rich Katz, Lisa Porter, and Joon Park.
About Fortress Information Security
Fortress secures North America's power and defense supply chains from cyberattacks on operational and critical enterprise technologies. Fortress' proprietary technology platform orchestrates North America's most advanced cyber supply chain risk management and vulnerability management programs. Fortress operates the Asset to Vendor network, which gives critical operators confidence that the products and services they obtain from others are cyber-safe. Fortress is a Goldman Sachs Portfolio Company.