Read this review of Theres'a newest book at: http://datascience.berkeley.edu/book-review-privacy-age-big-data/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=blog or see what Jon Stewart had to say to Theresa on his Daily Show after reading her book at: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-21-2014/theresa-payton .
Theresa is the daughter of a U.S. Marine and wife of a former US Naval Officer and considers the entire United States her hometown. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Theresa has lived on the East Coast, the West Coast, and Hawaii and has called Charlotte, NC home since 1995.
She is a proud graduate of Immaculata University and University of Virginia. Theresa had a double major in Economics and Business Administration with a certification in Computers. Theresa graduated from Immaculata with honors in 1989 and went on to the University of Virginia to earn her Master of Science in Management Information Systems and completed that in 1990. She was in the first graduating class for this masters degree. Theresa earned her certificate in Graduate Banking studies from The Graduate School of Banking at LSU in 1997. She is also a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma.
Theresa caught the technology bug while still in high school doing a stint in computer support during the holiday season at the Quantico Marine Corps Exchange. After graduate school, she worked at Barnett Banks, Inc which is now a part of Bank of America and realized quickly that customers needed convenience while keeping their confidential banking information safe. She also worked in technology roles supporting customers at First Union which is now a part of Wells Fargo and at Bank of America. Most recently she was the Chief Information Officer for President George W. Bush. Theresa was the first woman to hold the position of CIO at the White House. She has a cybersecurity consulting practice.
After getting several pleas for help in one week ranging from email and Facebook accounts being hijacked, to kids being cyberbullied, to professionals learning there was misinformation posted about them online, Theresa decided to write a book for her "family, friends, and neighbors" as she saw increasing confusion from people about what their rights were and how to build and maintain a positive image online. She approached her co-author Ted Claypoole and learned he was considering doing the same thing! They decided to partner together to bring both of their book projects to the community and desire to help others learn how to have fun, protect their privacy, and stay safe online.