National Cyber Security Expert to Deliver Stevenson Address
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Leading expert and one of the nation’s most respected authorities
in cyber security and IT strategy Theresa Payton, will present an address as part
of the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center on the Illinois
State University campus.
In addition to her address, “Hype or Reality? Your Workplace and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency,
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & the Internet of Things,” Payton will host
a master class for students in the Hansen Student Center on Illinois Wesleyan University’s
campus (300 Beecher St. Bloomington) at 3 p.m. on Oct. 29.
The first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer, Payton oversaw
IT operations for former President George W. Bush and his staff from 2006 to 2008.
Currently the founder, president and CEO of cyber security consulting company, Fortalice
Solutions, LLC and co-founder of Dark3, a cyber security product company, Payton continues
to work with private and public sector organizations to strengthen their privacy and
cyber security. Previously, she held executive roles in banking technology at Bank
of America and Wells Fargo when she began her career in financial services.
Ranked number four on IFSEC Global’s list of the world’s Top 50 cyber security influencers
in security & fire 2017, Payton was also named one of the top-25 Most Influential
People in Security by Security Magazine. Star of the CBS TV series, Hunted, she is
also the author of several publications on IT strategy and cybersecurity including
the book, Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights,
and Protecting Your Family, which she co-authored with cybersecurity and privacy attorney
Ted Claypoole in 2014.
Payton holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Immaculata
University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in management information systems
from the University of Virginia. In her lecture, Payton will identify emerging trends
and techniques to help combat cyber threats, from the impact of the Internet of Things
to securing Big Data.
The Stevenson Lecture Series was established by a group of local civic leaders to honor the legacy of Bloomington
native Adlai E. Stevenson II, former governor of Illinois and U.S. Ambassador to the
United Nations, after his death in 1965. The series is co-hosted by Illinois State
University and Illinois Wesleyan.
This academic year, the lecture series will feature two distinguished speakers. Environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate Dr. Vandana Shiva will speak
at Illinois Wesleyan on April 15.