Former White House CIO Theresa Payton Joins Conceal Board of Advisors

AUGUSTA, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ZeroTrustConceal, the leader in Zero Trust isolation technology, today announced that Theresa Payton, who made history as the first female White House Chief Information Officer and is a veteran cybercrime fighter, entrepreneur and author, has joined the Conceal Board of Advisors.

“The fact that business applications are increasingly accessed via browsers creates a dangerous attack vector for cyber criminals to launch ransomware, malware and other attacks,” said Theresa Payton. “Conceal has developed an innovative approach that outpaces attacker tactics and safeguards user activity by identifying and isolating threats before they can impact the business. I am looking forward to helping Conceal bring this highly advanced technology to the broader market.”

“Theresa Payton has been in the trenches, protecting leading financial institutions and our nation’s greatest assets against some of the world’s most sophisticated cyber attacks, and she has successfully built and run companies,” Gordon Lawson, CEO of Conceal. “We welcome Theresa to the board and look forward to working with her on our product and business strategies.”

Theresa Payton is a highly respected authority on cyber security and holds an approved U.S. patent. After serving as the first female White House CIO for George W. Bush, Theresa funded and founded Fortalice Solutions, a global cybersecurity and business intelligence consulting firm where she is CEO and later funded and co-founded Dark3 which was recently acquired by Celerium, Inc.

Before her tenure at the White House, Theresa held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo. She is the co-author of two books including Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?, Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family, and is the author of Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth which hit #1 hottest new release on Amazon and is on The Guardian’s list of 10 must read cybercrime books. She also hosts Cybercrime Magazine’s weekly podcast, The CISO Minute.

Theresa Payton joins current members of the Conceal Board of Advisors: Chairman Admiral Michael Rogers (Ret.), former head of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, Chris Miller, United States Army Special Forces colonel (Ret.) who served as acting United States secretary of defense, General Sir Chris Deverell, former Commander of the UK’s Joint Forces Command, Rob Truesdell, VP Products at Pangea, Mike Aiello, CTO at Secureworks and a former Google cybersecurity executive, and Alissa Knight, award winning director and former hacker.

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