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Data protection through cyber security

Oct 1, 2015

By Chris Calderon As a Flagler College student, Stuart Lee, ’05, knew he wanted to work in the security field after he completed his education, but little did he know that he was going to enter the world of cyber security, something he never even considered. 

Lee is a senior consultant within the Cyber Risk Services team at Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the largest professional service organizations in the world, where he provides technical and organizational advisory services to a wide range of global clients.

“I provide services that help clients comply with global data protection legislation, and tools to help prevent their information from being stolen,” he said. “I usually meet with the clients, talk through their challenges, identify an approach and work with the client to help them resolve those issues.”

After graduating from Flagler with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Pre-Law and History, Lee went on to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He said it was his liberal arts education at Flagler that helped him find his professional passion.

“Flagler provided me with a wide range of experiences which has served me well throughout my career to-date,” Lee said

Lee said he “simply fell into the world of cyber security” after being offered a job from a fellow Cambridge alumnus who worked at Deloitte. Unfortunately, he’s learned first-hand the need for his job.

“Before I joined Deloitte, somebody tried to steal my information,” he said. “He tried to get my personal information including passport details by pretending to recruit me for a job. But luckily, I didn’t have any information stolen because I’ve always been very cautious about that type of stuff.”

The world of cyber security he is having to confront is full of increased risk thanks to large-scale cyber attacks on companies and nation states, the rise in the use of “ransomware” by cyber criminals and the continued threat of identity theft.

“Cyber security as a business, political and social risk will continue to evolve, and we are more often seeing the impact of a data breach on organizations and individuals alike,” he said. “As the threat landscape continues to grow, both governments and businesses will also need to continue to review their ability to adequately mitigate and respond to this threat.”

At the moment, Lee is content working in this field with a global organization, but down the road, he anticipates returning to academia — to “share his experiences with the next generation of business leaders and risk professionals,” he said.

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