Theresa Payton on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
Continuing her expansive knowledge of digital security, Immaculata University alumna and trustee Theresa M. Payton ’89 of Charlotte, N.C., appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday, January 21, discussing her new book with co-author Ted Claypoole, entitled Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family. This 276-page hardcover book, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is available now.
According to Payton, digital data collection and surveillance gets more pervasive and invasive by the day, and the best ways to protect yourself and your data are all steps you can take yourself. Privacy in the Age of Big Data explores the many positive outcomes, and the dangers, inherent in modern digital surveillance and data collection. The book highlights the fields of technology that threaten your privacy; explains how common entertainment devices provide windows into your home; addresses how cars, traffic cameras, smartphones and even clothing track your movements; and identifies key strategies, tools, and steps the reader can take to recapture privacy.
Currently, Payton is the CEO and chief advisor for Fortalice, LLC, where she provides expertise to government and private sector organizations in the areas of risk, security, compliance, fraud, and quality. As the first female chief information officer at the White House from 2006-2008, Payton was accountable for the technology and operations of the Executive Office of the President and set the business and technology information management strategy and direction. In addition to The Daily Show appearance, Payton lends her advice and expertise to national TV and radio news programs such as Fox News and The Katie Couric Show and has a weekly show on the nationally syndicated program America Now News. She is co-author of the book Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online? Payton is also a member of Immaculata University’s Board of Trustees.
With a Bachelor of Arts in economics/business administration and a certification in computers from Immaculata University, Payton continued her education and earned a Master of Science degree in management information systems from the University of Virginia. In 1997, she received a graduate certificate in banking studies from Louisiana State University.
Immaculata University is a comprehensive, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.