M. Lisa Yeo


I am an Assistant Professor in the Ernest & Julio Management Program at UC Merced. I am a collaborative problem solver who helps decision makers understand their operational challenges and identify solutions. I  help organizations understand how to safely govern the data and information they need to compete.

I challenge students & industry to consider the security & privacy impacts of IS&T so that they can build a solid foundation and respect for different experiences with technology. By focusing on people and process, I believe that organizations can design and build information systems that make it easy to protect privacy and prevent security breaches without requiring extensive investments in security layers after the fact.

Prior to my return to academia, I worked in information security for 15 years as both a technical specialist and a business adviser. During this time, I wrote the book Personal Firewalls, protected the infrastructure for the Alberta Legislature, and guided the secure connection of all public libraries in Alberta as part of the Alberta SuperNet project. I hold a B. Math in Applied Math from the University of Waterloo and an MBA and PhD (Operations & Information Systems) from the University of Alberta.