Theresa Payton

CEO and President, Fortalice Solutions LLC

Theresa Payton is an authority on Internet security and intelligence, cybercrime and fraud. As the first female White House CIO, she managed the IT enterprise for the president and staff of 3,000 persons. Prior to her time at the White House, Payton was a senior executive in banking, spending 16 years providing solutions. Payton founded Fortalice in 2008 and lends her expertise to government and private sector organizations to help them improve their security posture. Payton was also featured as the Deputy Commander of Intelligence Operations in the hit show CBS’ Hunted. Security Magazine named her one of the top 25 “Most Influential People in Security,” and she was recently named as the fourth most influential global security expert by IFSEC Global.

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