Colin McLean
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  • 2:1 Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dundee College of Technology.
  • Certified Ethical Hacker.
  • Trained Internal and External Penetration tester (Firstbase technologies).


1999 - Present - Lecturer in Computing - University of Abertay Dundee

2000-03 - Shareholder and Programmer (Communications and database programmer) - ABS Advanced Biometric Systems, Greenock, Scotland.

1994-98 - Lecturer in Mechatronics - University of Abertay Dundee

1990-98 - Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering - Dundee Institute of Technology

1990-91 - Engineering Consultant - Dundee College of Technology / AgriPac UK

1987-90 - Medical Robotics Research Engineer - Scottish Home and Health Department

Personal Statement

I’m a certified ethical hacker and a trained internal and external systems penetration tester. 

Prior to joining Abertay’s teaching staff in 1990, I worked as a medical robotics engineer and as a programmer at ABS (Advanced Biometric Systems).

I’ve been involved in two highly successful knowledge transfer partnerships: one related to encryption within an ATM environment and the other to the security of network ATMs. 

My research interests include penetration testing, web application testing and malware analysis.


I teach Undergraduate and Post Graduate Ethical Hacking modules including Web Application Testing, Penetration testing and Exploit Development.

Research interests

Areas of interest include Penetration testing, Web Application testing, Malware analysis.


External Examiner for M Sc in Engineering Management at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Knowledge Exchange

I have been involved in two highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

2008 - Encryption in an ATM environment - NCR Dundee

2005 - Security of ATM’s over a network. - NCR Dundee


Talked at the following conferences: -

2012 - B Sides London, “H@acking Tayles of the 1st Degree”
2011 - BruCon, Belgium, “A script kiddies attempt at hiding trojans“
2011 - B Sides London, “A script kiddies attempt at hiding trojans”

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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