Theresa Payton, Fortalice: “Security is a team sport”

Theresa Payton, President and CEO of Fortalice, a security, risk and fraud consulting company, thinks that startups need to incorporate security from the very beginning. “Design for the human psyche,” said Payton. “Think about the data [the customers] are going to generate it. Using cloud platforms can sometimes be a better option than you managing your…

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Theresa Payton, President and CEO of Fortalice, a security, risk and fraud consulting company, thinks that startups need to incorporate security from the very beginning.

“Design for the human psyche,” said Payton. “Think about the data [the customers] are going to generate it. Using cloud platforms can sometimes be a better option than you managing your own servers.”

Payton is impressed with AWS and Google’s cloud services security, though she still sees completely outsourcing security as probably out of the reach of most new companies.

“Security-as-a-Service is still pretty expensive in my opinion,” said Payton. “It can be hard to know what you really need.”

There remains no set-it-and-forget-it option when it comes to security. Even using managed services requires regular collaboration.

“It’s a team sport,” said Payton. “Your security provider is not going to be doing a good job if they are not talking to you on a regular basis.”

She recommends checking in on at least a monthly basis to let them know about new events, new markets and special initiatives.

“Each one of those events wakes up the adversary,” said Payton.

For more from Payton on working at the White House, ransomware, and social engineering, check out our full interview from AIM Infotec in the video above.

Special thanks to Gallup and Jim Collison from TheAverageGuy.tv.

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