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Theresa Payton

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Episode 05: Theresa Payton

Welcome to My Office with Carey Lohrenz

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.


14 Jun 2021

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17: Distorting the truth: The roots of online political disinformation campaigns, with Theresa Payton and Nick Biasini

Security Stories

On today's episode we’re heading into the murky waters of online manipulation campaigns, and particularly how they’re used to try and influence political elections.  To do that, we welcome back Theresa Payton, the first female CIO of the White House and author of 'Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth'. We also welcome for the first time, Nick Biasini. Nick is a threat researcher within Cisco Talos and recently published a paper called ‘The Building Blocks of political disinformation campaigns’, which is part of Talos’ hands on research into election security.    We chat about some of the things that shocked Theresa when she was doing her research into manipulation tactics, as well as the amplification methods that are being used to spread certain lies online. Plus, we talk about what can be done to curb these campaigns with only a few weeks to go until the United States general election. This is a really fascinating discussion, and whilst it highlighted the huge challenges that we’re facing at the moment, Nick and Theresa shared a lot of great information on how we can overcome them.Also in this episode, Ben Nahorney shares his latest research on current threat trends. This time we rank the Indicators of Compromise that organizations have encountered grouped by particular topics, including ransomware, credential stealing, and looking at the top operating system IoCs.Link to Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth' Link to ‘The Building Blocks of political disinformation campaigns’


18 Oct 2020

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The Summit Is The Halfway Point. A Story About Reaching Extreme Goals And Coming Back To Tell Us About It. With Theresa Payton And Alison Levine


We asked our co-host, Theresa Payton, to bring a fantastic guest; she got one of the most badass guests you could ever find: Alison Levine.We tried to summarize in a few paragraphs the stories she recounted, but they are just too many — Furthermore, unless you hear them from her, you wouldn't believe us. Here, to get the story started, are some facts about Alison:History-making polar explorer and mountaineer.Team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition.Climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which only twenty people in the world have achieved.In January 2008, she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole.She made history again in 2016 when she completed two first ascents: Hall Peak in Antarctica and Khang Karpo in Nepal.Earned an MBA from Duke University.Finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become Governor of California.Adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.Wrote a book called “On The Edge,” where she shares the leadership lessons she learned by leading a team on Mount Everest and other extreme environments, and she translates them into what we all need for both our personal and professional lives.In 2019, she was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor — one of the USA's most prestigious awards — for her accomplishments and inspiring national service.Wife, dog mom to Scout and Trooper.Overall Badass.Not only does she have beautiful stories to tell, but she tells them beautifully. Our job is to bring amazing peoples' stories to you; and this time around, we felt like we were captured by Alison's adventures ourselves—we are listeners just like you.We loved speaking with her so much that we asked her to come back to tell us more about the upcoming documentary she is producing and her previous adventures reaching the South Pole. She said yes, and we cannot wait.Join us now by listening to this one and stay tuned for the next one. We will let you know when, but we know it cannot be soon enough!"Because really, that mountain is just a pile of rock and ice. It's really all it is, right? You can always go back. But if you do something dumb up there, if you make a bad decision, you may not have the opportunity to go back. So that's why you have to think about how every single move you make is going to affect everybody else around you. It doesn't matter how much blood, sweat, and tears you personally put into something if the conditions aren't right, you pull the plug,  you walk away, and you know that you can always come back another day." —Alison Levine"There are people that forget that the summit is not the goal. The summit is the halfway point because you have to be able to get yourself all the way back down. So people die on a mountain every year, because, typically, most people die after they've reached the summit when they're on their way back. They use everything they've got left in them to get themselves to the tippy top, and then they don't have enough energy reserves to get themselves back down." —Alison LevineGuest(s)Alison LevineCo-Host(s)Theresa PaytonResourcesAlison's website: http://www.alisonlevine.comAlison's book, On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mt. Everest and Other Extreme Environments: https://www.amazon.com/Edge-Leadership-Lessons-Everest-Environments/dp/1455544876/The documentary film The Glass Ceiling: http://www.theglassceilingmovie.com/This Episode’s Sponsors:If you’d like to sponsor this or any other podcast episode on ITSPmagazine, you can learn more here: https://www.itspmagazine.com/podcast-series-sponsorshipsFor more podcast stories from Unusual Gatherings: https://www.itspmagazine.com/unusual-gatheringsAre you interested in sponsoring an ITSPmagazine Channel?https://www.itspmagazine.com/podcast-series-sponsorships


21 Sep 2020

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Theresa Payton, CEO Fortalice Solutions

The Communicators

Theresa Payton, a cybersecurity firm CEO, discusses her book, “Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth.” Ms. Payton was White House Chief Information Officer for Pres. George W. Bush. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


5 Sep 2020

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GWBC Radio: Theresa Payton with Fortalice Solutions

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Theresa Payton made history as the first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer and currently helps organizations in both the public and private sectors protect their most valuable resources. Managing cybersecurity risk is what Payton knows and does best. Before overseeing IT operations as CIO for President George W. Bush and his […]The post GWBC Radio: Theresa Payton with Fortalice Solutions appeared first on Business RadioX ®.

20 May 2020

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3: Protecting democracy, and how to spot manipulation tactics online with Theresa Payton

Security Stories

In the latest episode of Cisco's Security Stories, we have the incredible fortune to speak to Theresa Payton, who was named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine and is one of the most respected authorities on security and intelligence operations. Theresa was the first female CIO of The White House, taking up the post in George W Bush’s second term. We chat about what life was really like working in the White House. She also starred in CBS’ ‘Hunted’ TV series which gives ordinary citizens to chance to try and evade police capture , running the intelligence operations side.  Theresa is also very passionate about protecting people’s right to privacy, and has co-authored two books focused on helping others learn how to protect their privacy online.  Her third book is called ‘Manipulated: Inside the cyberwar to hijack elections and distort the truth’ which is coming out on 22nd April, and we talk in quite a bit of detail about the topic of hijacking elections, and what people can do to protect their voting rights.Also in this episode, our ‘On this day’ feature takes us back to 1993 to discuss the announcement of the ‘Clipper chip’, which was designed to enhance the security of communications devices.  It’s a really interesting story that addresses people’s right to privacy and the balance with survelliance, so stay tuned for that.And Ben chats to us about 'credential dumping', an increasingly popular technique whereby an attacker scours a compromised computer for credentials in order to move laterally and/or carry out further attacks. To learn more, visit https://blogs.cisco.com/security/stealing-passwords-with-credential-dumping

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13 Apr 2020

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32 - Interview with Theresa Payton

Life of a CISO with Dr. Eric Cole

Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy. As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Theresa is a proven leader and influencer who works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats.


12 Oct 2019

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25 - Follow Up Interview with Theresa Payton

Life of a CISO with Dr. Eric Cole

Today's episode is a little different -- we recorded this one live in order to take your pressing cyber security questions! I brought back one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy, the great Theresa Payton, back on to continue our great conversation from last time. If you haven't heard that episode yet, check out my first interview with Theresa, #13. As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Theresa is a proven leader and influencer who works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats.


17 Aug 2019

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Theresa Payton has protected our money, our President and now our most at-risk children


InSecurity Podcast: Theresa Payton has protected our money, our President and now our most at-risk children What if I told you that there are awful people out there exploiting children and using high end technology to cover their tracks? What if I told you that they are getting away with it? What if I told you that there are people out there with the experience, knowhow, technology… and most importantly, the will… to find these people What if I told you that they ARE finding these scumbags What if I told you that can help… Theresa Payton is currently the CEO of Fortalice and co-founder of Dark Cube. She started her career in the financial sector before moving on to public service. She once worked in a big white building you might recognize. In today’s episode of InSecurity, Matt Stephenson speaks with Theresa about her journey from the banking business in Florida… to becoming the CIO of the White House… to starring on a hit show on CBS… to playing a role in finding exploited children. Her journey is incredible and you won’t want to miss it. About Theresa Payton Theresa Payton is President and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, co-Founder of Dark Cubed, former White House CIO, star of the CBS hit show Hunted, and best-selling author of the book Privacy in the Age of Big Data. Payton is one of the nation’s most respected authorities on information security, cybercrime, fraud mitigation, and security technology implementation. As White House Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Executive Office of the President from 2006 to 2008, Payton administered the information technology enterprise for the President and 3,000 staff members. Prior to her time at the White House, Theresa Payton was a senior technology executive in banking, spending 16 years providing banking solutions using emerging technologies. Payton founded Fortalice in 2008 and lends her expertise to government and private sector organizations to help them improve their information technology systems. In 2010, Security Magazine named her one of the top 25 "Most Influential People in Security." About Matt Stephenson Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Security Technology team at Cylance, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and host of CylanceTV Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Stephenson to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come before. Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, Matt interviews leading authorities in the security industry to gain an expert perspective on topics including risk management, security control friction, compliance issues, and building a culture of security. Each episode provides relevant insights for security practitioners and business leaders working to improve their organization’s security posture and bottom line. To hear more, visit: ThreatVector InSecurity Podcasts: https://threatvector.cylance.com/en_us/category/podcasts.html iTunes/Apple Podcasts link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/insecurity/id1260714697?mt=2 GooglePlay Music link: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Ipudd6ommmgdsboen7rjd2lvste


8 Oct 2018

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Securing the president's technology (feat. Theresa Payton)


Episode 24: We spoke with Theresa Payton, former White House CIO in the George W Bush Administration and current CEO at Fortalice Solutions. We discuss securing the president’s technology, keeping our voting booths secure, and much more.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/besttechie/support


21 Aug 2018