Theresa Payton is the first female White House Chief Information Officer, a leading cybersecurity and intel expert, best-selling author, reality TV star, news contributor, and was named one of Business Insider’s Top 50 People to Follow.
Before overseeing IT operations as CIO for President George W. Bush, she held executive roles in banking technology. After serving in the White House, she went on to co-found Dark3, a cybersecurity product company, and Fortalice Solutions, a world-class cybersecurity consulting firm.
She is the author of several publications on IT strategy and cybersecurity, including the non-fiction best-seller, Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth, released in April of 2020.
Payton is sought out by media news outlets to explain complex security issues and help viewers understand how to protect their privacy. She draws on her experience as a veteran cybercrime fighter and entrepreneur, masterfully blending memorable anecdotes with cutting-edge insights.