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Theresa Payton

Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council

As White House Chief Information Officer from 2006 to 2008 -- the first woman ever to hold that position -- she administered the information technology enterprise for the President and 3,000 staff members. Prior to working in federal government, Payton held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

As founder of Fortalice, LLC, a security, risk, and fraud consulting company, she now lends her expertise to organizations large and small, helping them improve their security posture and protect against emerging, amorphous cyber threats. In 2010, she was named by Security Magazine as one of the top 25 "Most Influential People in Security." She is co-author of Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?