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Episode 05: Theresa Payton
June 14, 2021
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Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton takes a seat in Carey’s office this week. Theresa is America’s most respected authority on security and intelligence operations and was the first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer during the Bush Administration. These days Theresa runs a world-class cybersecurity consulting company and in 2020 she was named the Cybersecurity Crusader of the Year. Theresa and Carey discuss the current state of cybersecurity, how to handle disinformation online, the best cyber practices that every organization can do, and the importance of giving people grace and space.
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leads the effort to enhance the security, resiliency, and reliability of the Nation’s cybersecurity and communications infrastructure.
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About Theresa Payton:
Theresa Payton is the leading authority on cybersecurity. She helms a team of the world’s best white hat hackers and intelligence analysts who have dedicated their lives to avenging the crimes committed by the most notorious cybercriminals. Before founding her company, Fortalice Solutions in 2008, she was the first female Chief Information Officer at the White House under the George W. Bush administration, overseeing over 3,000 executive members and spearheading the Capitol’s adoption of innovative technology and security. Her extraordinary work has earned her many accolades including FBI Director’s Community Service Award in 2018, IFSEC Global named her #4 of the top 50 cybersecurity professionals, and Security Magazine featured her as “25 Most Influential People in Security”. Additionally, she has authored or co-authored three books: “Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth”, “Protecting Your Internet Identity,” and “Privacy in the Age of Big Data.” She is also a patent holder for what is easiest to describe as anonymized threat sharing.
She keeps cybercriminals up at night, and most are convinced that she never sleeps. Just be glad that she and her team are a force for good. As a working mom of three, she considers criminals who buy and sell children, those who attack businesses and livelihoods, criminals who exploit the most vulnerable, and internet trolls that meddle in elections and damage company and individual reputations to be the vilest. It’s her mission to catch the worst offenders and hold them accountable for their transgressions, no matter what it takes.
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