Theresa Payton

Theresa Payton is one of America's most respected authorities on cybercrime, intelligence operations, and fraud mitigation. She is the co-author of two books and the author of Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth (Spring 2020 Release). As White House Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Executive Office of the President from 2006 to 2008 she administered the information technology enterprise, including security, for the President and 3,000 staff members. Theresa was the first female to hold that position. Prior to her time at the White House, Theresa Payton was a senior technology executive in banking, spending 16 years providing innovative and secure banking solutions. Payton founded Fortalice in 2008 and lends her expertise to government and private sector organizations to help them improve their information technology systems. She has received numerous awards including receiving the FBI Director’s Award in 2018 for her contributions to fighting cybercrime.