Media Advisory: Former White House CIO Theresa Payton to speak at UB

Release Date: October 18, 2017

Theresa Payton.

Theresa Payton

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Theresa Payton, one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy, will speak at the University at Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Alumni Arena on the UB North Campus.

The first female chief information officer at the White House, Payton oversaw IT operations for George W. Bush and his staff.

She is CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company.

In 2015, Payton was named a William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of several publications on IT strategy and cybersecurity and a frequent speaker on IT risk. In 2014 she co-authored, with Ted Claypoole, the book “Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights and Protecting Your Family.” She teamed up with Claypoole again with last year’s release of “Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?”

Lecture sponsors are the UB School of Management and its Alumni Association (SOMAA), Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the UB MBA program.

During the program, audio and/or video photography, as well as still photography, will be limited to the first five minutes of her lecture. Payton is expected to begin speaking at 7:40 p.m.

Working media may reserve tickets for the program by contacting Christine Vidal in the UB Office of Communications at or 716-697-2935 no later than noon on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Reserved tickets may be picked up at the will-call window in Alumni Arena prior to the program. Media may need to show press credentials in order to be admitted to the program.

Media Contact Information

Christine Vidal
Director of News Content
Community Engagement, International Education
Tel: 716-645-4607