Immaculata Alumna Discusses Cybersecurity Importance

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Theresa Major Payton, cybersecurity expert and CEO/cofounder of cybersecurity firm Fortalice, recently shared real-world insights and practical steps the public can take to tackle the perils of the cyber underworld at Immaculata University. In her presentation, “The Evolving Nature of Cybercrime: How to Protect Your Company and Your Family,” Peyton told participants about the new kinds of threats that can lead to tomorrow’s breaches and the insider risks that persists in today’s uber-connected world. She delved into the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how to secure big data.

“I am thrilled to return to my alma mater, Immaculata University, to discuss how cybersecurity and privacy impacts every person, business, and nation today. With the rise of the Internet of Things and the increasingly interconnected nature of the world around us, it’s incredibly important to understand how to keep ourselves safe online,” said Payton.

As the star of the CBS reality TV series Hunted and the first female to serve as the White House chief information officer, Payton is one of America’s most respected authorities on internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation
Payton serves on the advisory board for Immaculata University’s undergraduate major/minor in Cybersecurity which prepares students to pursue a career in the fast-growing field of cybersecurity. She is the author of Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family and Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online? In addition, she has appeared on countless TV and radio news shows on various topics concerning cybersecurity and cybercrime. Recently she was recognized by the FBI with the 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

“We’re pleased to have welcomed Theresa Payton back to Immaculata University to share her insights into the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity,” says Kate Kearney, dean for the College of Adult Professional Studies. “With cyberattacks making the news almost daily, Ms. Payton’s expertise and real-world experiences in combatting cybercrime will help us to better understand and protect ourselves and our communities against these threats.”

Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education.