Theresa Payton

Theresa Payton

Cybersecurity Authority & Expert on Identity Theft and the Internet of Things

In the wake of recent, debilitating cyberattacks at Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and Target, Theresa Payton remains the cybersecurity expert companies turn to regarding efforts to strengthen cybersecurity measures and understand the impact of the Internet of Things and the importance of securing Big Data. Named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine, she is one of America's most respected authorities on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation.

The first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer, Payton oversaw IT operations for the President and his staff from 2006 to 2008. Previously, she held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo, facilitating her broad knowledge of cybersecurity risks and measures in the financial services industry. Currently, as the founder, president and CEO of leading security, risk and fraud consulting company, Fortalice, LLC, she remains the expert who organizations go to for help understanding and improving their IT systems.

Payton collaborated with IT expert and attorney, Ted Claypoole, to author two books focused on helping others learn how to protect their privacy online, after receiving a number of pleas from friends and strangers regarding account hacking. Hailed as ‘must-reads,’ Privacy in the Age of Big Data and Protecting Your Internet Identity, outline peoples’ rights, as well as tips and strategies for building and maintaining a positive online image.

Recognized as a 2015 William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service, Payton captivates audiences with a fascinating narrative on the world of cybersecurity, including insight and methods critical to protecting organizations and information from rapidly evolving cyberattacks.

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