More than 100 years combined experience building and running world class Cybersecurity and Business Continuity companies.

The Fortress Difference

Fortress Availability Services Limited (FortressAS) was formed specifically to answer the Cyber and Operational Risk and Resilience needs of modern business.

We had a blank sheet of paper and, after consulting with over 200 London companies, designed services and solutions that reduce the risk of cyberattack and mitigate the impact of crises on businesses.

With significant investment and support from industry veterans, FortressAS management and executives bring a combined heritage of over 100 years of cybersecurity and business continuity knowledge and experience.

Financial Strength and Leadership

FortressAS is unique in the industry in that the entire business and even the Recovery Centre are debt free. There are no bank loans or leases. The entire company is funded by investment.

Further investment is earmarked for upcoming expansion to new services and solutions planned for 2019.

Innovation and Customer Service

FortressAS has built the most advanced work area recovery facility in the UK. Our innovative and flexible recovery services have this centre as the foundation.

Our Recovery Centre infrastructure is underpinned by the latest hardware, software and technology to enable us to recover Customers to our site within just 8 minutes.

We have also used our drive for innovation to develop cybersecurity services that address key challenges of the day. This includes developing Managed Security Services to enable companies to take advantage of the latest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology without the need to build out their own infrastructures or teams.

Finally, Customer Satisfaction is the driving force behind our team’s work and we are very pleased to announce that we won the CIR Specialist Provider of the Year 2019 as a result of Customer commendations.

Fortress Leadership Team

Andrew Lawton – Founder and CEO

Andrew has successfully built and lead businesses for 20 years. He has learned in that time that customers gravitate to and stay with suppliers that deliver value and are good people to do business with.

Andrew’s broad experience spans senior positions in large companies, such as HP and IBM, and in smaller, fast growing companies, such as Safetynet, Guardian, and ISS (Internet Security Systems).

He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to develop a vision and execute on that vision, enthusing, mentoring and guiding teams to over performance.

“It was clear to me that the huge amount of consolidation in the business continuity market in London over the past decade had left customers with very little choice. They were also unhappy with those choices and so we have worked hard at Fortress to address those customer needs, and to deliver quality and value”, explains Andrew.

Paul Barry-Walsh – Chairman

Paul was an early groundbreaker in the business continuity market in the UK with his founding of Safetynet in 1985. This grew to be one of the UK’s leading and most innovative providers of BC and was sold to Guardian dr for £170M in 2000.

Paul has since invested in and grown a number of successful businesses and founded Fredericks Foundation, a charity to help young and underprivileged entrepreneurs.

“I am really excited about the way Fortress is disrupting a stagnant market in which the incumbent players have gone to sleep. The company is delivering more relevant and modern work area recovery services.”, Paul comments.

Christian Sookool – Operations Director

Christian is a very experienced technical and operational leader driving and delivering customer excellence across all Business Continuity Recovery Services. He has built and operated work area recovery facilities many times across the UK, Europe and India.

Christian has over 26 years experience and direct involvement with over 140 invocations and 2000 customers DR Tests.

He is also a popular team leader with the ability to motivate, lead and enthuse teams and build strong loyalty.

“We were lucky that we had a clean sheet of paper when designing the facilities and infrastructure. The result is the fastest recovery possible, anywhere,” says Christian.

Keith Tilley – Non-Executive Director

With close to 40 years of business operations and sales leadership experience Keith Tilley was most recently (until Oct 2017) Executive Vice President and Vice-Chair of Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS).

Keith brings huge experience in market strategy, marketing, channels and consulting. He will provide non-executive sponsorship for major customers and prospects, focusing on driving the growth and success of the company, while ensuring the company delivers to meet its customers’ business objectives.

Laura Symons – Marketing Director

Laura was Head of Sales and Marketing for a leading Recruitment Software Vendor for 15 years. In this time, she was fundamental to the impressive growth of the company’s global client base.

Laura focuses on FortressAS brand awareness and lead generation through Social Media, Digital Marketing, Events and Partner engagement.

More than 100 years experience building and running world class Cybersecurity and Business Continuity companies.

The Fortress Difference

Fortress Availability Services Limited (FortressAS) was formed specifically to answer the Cyber and Operational Risk and Resilience needs of modern business.

We had a blank sheet of paper and, after consulting with over 200 London companies, designed services and solutions that reduce the risk of cyberattack and mitigate the impact of crises on businesses.

With significant investment and support from industry veterans, FortressAS management and executives bring a combined heritage of over 100 years of cybersecurity and business continuity knowledge and experience.

Financial Strength and Leadership

FortressAS is unique in the industry in that the entire business and even the Recovery Centre are debt free. There are no bank loans or leases. The entire company is funded by investment.

Further investment is earmarked for upcoming expansion to new services and solutions planned for 2019.

Innovation and Customer Service

FortressAS has built the most advanced work area recovery facility in the UK. Our innovative and flexible recovery services have this centre as the foundation.

Our Recovery Centre infrastructure is underpinned by the latest hardware, software and technology to enable us to recover Customers to our site within just 8 minutes.

We have also used our drive for innovation to develop cybersecurity services that address key challenges of the day. This includes developing Managed Security Services to enable companies to take advantage of the latest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology without the need to build out their own infrastructures or teams.

Finally, Customer Satisfaction is the driving force behind our team’s work and we are very pleased to announce that we won the CIR Specialist Provider of the Year 2019 as a result of Customer commendations.

Fortress Leadership Team

Andrew Lawton – Founder and CEO

Andrew has successfully built and lead businesses for 20 years. He has learned in that time that customers gravitate to and stay with suppliers that deliver value and are good people to do business with.

Andrew’s broad experience spans senior positions in large companies, such as HP and IBM, and in smaller, fast growing companies, such as Safetynet, Guardian, and ISS (Internet Security Systems).

He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to develop a vision and execute on that vision, enthusing, mentoring and guiding teams to over performance.

“It was clear to me that the huge amount of consolidation in the business continuity market in London over the past decade had left customers with very little choice. They were also unhappy with those choices and so we have worked hard at Fortress to address those customer needs, and to deliver quality and value”, explains Andrew.

Paul Barry-Walsh – Chairman

Paul was an early groundbreaker in the business continuity market in the UK with his founding of Safetynet in 1985. This grew to be one of the UK’s leading and most innovative providers of BC and was sold to Guardian dr for £170M in 2000.

Paul has since invested in and grown a number of successful businesses and founded Fredericks Foundation, a charity to help young and underprivileged entrepreneurs.

“I am really excited about the way Fortress is disrupting a stagnant market in which the incumbent players have gone to sleep. The company is delivering more relevant and modern work area recovery services.”, Paul comments.

Christian Sookool – Operations Director

Christian is a very experienced technical and operational leader driving and delivering customer excellence across all Business Continuity Recovery Services. He has built and operated work area recovery facilities many times across the UK, Europe and India.

Christian has over 26 years experience and direct involvement with over 140 invocations and 2000 customers DR Tests.

He is also a popular team leader with the ability to motivate, lead and enthuse teams and build strong loyalty.

“We were lucky that we had a clean sheet of paper when designing the facilities and infrastructure. The result is the fastest recovery possible, anywhere,” says Christian.

Keith Tilley – Non-Executive Director

With close to 40 years of business operations and sales leadership experience Keith Tilley was most recently (until Oct 2017) Executive Vice President and Vice-Chair of Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS).

Keith brings huge experience in market strategy, marketing, channels and consulting. He will provide non-executive sponsorship for major customers and prospects, focusing on driving the growth and success of the company, while ensuring the company delivers to meet its customers’ business objectives.

Laura Symons – Marketing Director

Laura was Head of Sales and Marketing for a leading Recruitment Software Vendor for 15 years. In this time, she was fundamental to the impressive growth of the company’s global client base.

Laura focuses on FortressAS brand awareness and lead generation through Social Media, Digital Marketing, Events and Partner engagement.

More than 100 years experience building and running world class Cybersecurity and Business Continuity companies.

The Fortress Difference

Fortress Availability Services Limited (FortressAS) was formed specifically to answer the Cyber and Operational Risk and Resilience needs of modern business.

We had a blank sheet of paper and, after consulting with over 200 London companies, designed services and solutions that reduce the risk of cyberattack and mitigate the impact of crises on businesses.

With significant investment and support from industry veterans, FortressAS management and executives bring a combined heritage of over 100 years of cybersecurity and business continuity knowledge and experience.

Financial Strength and Leadership

FortressAS is unique in the industry in that the entire business and even the Recovery Centre are debt free. There are no bank loans or leases. The entire company is funded by investment.

Further investment is earmarked for upcoming expansion to new services and solutions planned for 2019.

Innovation and Customer Service

FortressAS has built the most advanced work area recovery facility in the UK. Our innovative and flexible recovery services have this centre as the foundation.

Our Recovery Centre infrastructure is underpinned by the latest hardware, software and technology to enable us to recover Customers to our site within just 8 minutes.

We have also used our drive for innovation to develop cybersecurity services that address key challenges of the day. This includes developing Managed Security Services to enable companies to take advantage of the latest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology without the need to build out their own infrastructures or teams.

Finally, Customer Satisfaction is the driving force behind our team’s work and we are very pleased to announce that we won the CIR Specialist Provider of the Year 2019 as a result of Customer commendations.

Fortress Leadership Team

Andrew Lawton – Founder and CEO

Andrew has successfully built and lead businesses for 20 years. He has learned in that time that customers gravitate to and stay with suppliers that deliver value and are good people to do business with.

Andrew’s broad experience spans senior positions in large companies, such as HP and IBM, and in smaller, fast growing companies, such as Safetynet, Guardian, and ISS (Internet Security Systems).

He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to develop a vision and execute on that vision, enthusing, mentoring and guiding teams to over performance.

“It was clear to me that the huge amount of consolidation in the business continuity market in London over the past decade had left customers with very little choice. They were also unhappy with those choices and so we have worked hard at Fortress to address those customer needs, and to deliver quality and value”, explains Andrew.

Paul Barry-Walsh – Chairman

Paul was an early groundbreaker in the business continuity market in the UK with his founding of Safetynet in 1985. This grew to be one of the UK’s leading and most innovative providers of BC and was sold to Guardian dr for £170M in 2000.

Paul has since invested in and grown a number of successful businesses and founded Fredericks Foundation, a charity to help young and underprivileged entrepreneurs.

“I am really excited about the way Fortress is disrupting a stagnant market in which the incumbent players have gone to sleep. The company is delivering more relevant and modern work area recovery services.”, Paul comments.

Christian Sookool – Operations Director

Christian is a very experienced technical and operational leader driving and delivering customer excellence across all Business Continuity Recovery Services. He has built and operated work area recovery facilities many times across the UK, Europe and India.

Christian has over 26 years experience and direct involvement with over 140 invocations and 2000 customers DR Tests.

He is also a popular team leader with the ability to motivate, lead and enthuse teams and build strong loyalty.

“We were lucky that we had a clean sheet of paper when designing the facilities and infrastructure. The result is the fastest recovery possible, anywhere,” says Christian.

Keith Tilley – Non-Executive Director

With close to 40 years of business operations and sales leadership experience Keith Tilley was most recently (until Oct 2017) Executive Vice President and Vice-Chair of Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS).

Keith brings huge experience in market strategy, marketing, channels and consulting. He will provide non-executive sponsorship for major customers and prospects, focusing on driving the growth and success of the company, while ensuring the company delivers to meet its customers’ business objectives.

Laura Symons – Marketing Director

Laura was Head of Sales and Marketing for a leading Recruitment Software Vendor for 15 years. In this time, she was fundamental to the impressive growth of the company’s global client base.

Laura focuses on FortressAS brand awareness and lead generation through Social Media, Digital Marketing, Events and Partner engagement.

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