InSecurity Podcast: Theresa Payton on Incident Response

Both the government and the private sector have been under scrutiny for their handling of security incidents like sensitive data loss and exposure, and we are seeing large organizations with ample resources struggle to provide an adequate response to security incidents.

In this episode of the InSecurity Podcast, host Shaun Walsh is joined by special guest and former White House CIO Theresa Payton to discuss how government incident response is different from the private sector, who should be in charge of incident response, and what organizations can do to make up for the lack of internal resources.

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 Shaun Walsh

Shaun Walsh (@cingulus) leads Cylance’s global marketing strategy, channels, campaigns, digital marketing and communications efforts.

Prior to joining Cylance, Shaun served as VP of Corporate Marketing and GM of the Ethernet business unit at QLogic, and previously served as the SVP of Marketing and Corporate Development at Emulex.

About Matt Stephenson

Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Security Technology team at Cylance which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world.

Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage and recovery companies has introduced Matt 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, Shaun and Matt interview 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:

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