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Personal profile

Dr Lynsay A. Shepherd is a lecturer in Usable Security at Abertay University, Dundee, and works within the School of Design and Informatics. Lynsay holds a PhD in Usable Security, an MSc in Internet Computing, and a BSc (Hons) in Computing. In addition to this, Lynsay holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (Distinction) an is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).  Lynsay is also an active member of the Security Research Group, and the Human-Centred Security Research Group.

Teaching

Modules for 2018/19:

  • CMP204 Dynamic Web Development, 2016 - present (module leader)
  • CMP311 Professional Project Development and Delivery, 2016 - present (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2, 2016 - present (co-deliverer)
  • CMP416 Digital Forensics 2, 2018 - present (co-deliverer, mobile forensics specialist)
  • ELE005 Defence Against the Dark Arts, 2016 - present (co-deliverer)

Previous modules taught:

  • CMP308 Professional Project Planning and Prototyping (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP401 Honours Project Scoping and Proposal (co-deliverer)
  • CMP412 Mobile Forensics (module leader)
  • CMP414 Web Futures (co-deliverer).

Modules taught as a teaching assistant, or a part-time/visiting lecturer, 2009-2015:

Data Design and Organisation, Information Architecture, Object Oriented Programming 2 – Java, Practical Sessions 2, Database and Internet Application Design, Computer Hardware Architecture and Operating Systems, Advanced Web Scripting, Web Standards, Professional Practice, Database Fundamentals, XML and the Mobile Internet.

Research interests

Despite the availability of security tools, devices are still vulnerable to compromise via the risky security behaviour of end-users. Risky behaviour is not necessarily obvious to all end-users, and can be difficult to recognise. Lynsay is interested in the human aspects of cyber security, investigating how to effectively communicate security information to average end-users.


Research interests: usable security; human-computer interaction; human factors of cyber security; eye tracking; security awareness; affective feedback; open-source intelligence.

Funding

Selected Funding

  • 2019 - Law Enforcement Consultancy (Principle Investigator, £4200)
  • 2018 - SICSA Cyber Nexus Research Exchange award (Principle Investigator, £2600)
  • 2018 - Awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, for a project entitled “Exploring the impact of embodied agents on phishing awareness” (Principle Investigator, £10000).
  • 2014 - Collaborative Innovation Funding, Informatics Ventures, June 2014. Secured preliminary funding to perform a market study investigating the requirements needed for a piece of Open Source Intelligence software (Principle Investigator, £3000).
  • 2012 - Recipient of a competitive Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) studentship award of 3.5 years to support PhD work (2012-2016). Funding equated to approximately £18000 per year (total: £63000).

Knowledge and Exchange

Invited talks

  • Invited speaker for a Meet the Expert talk, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) - Cyber Skills Programme (February 2019)
  • Invited speaker at the Cyber Security Christmas Lectures in 2018 (Abertay University, Dundee). Gave a presentation entitled "How the Black Hat (Hackers) Stole Christmas", featuring a demonstration of an IoT child’s toy, and a discussion on open-source intelligence (December 2018).
  • Dagstuhl Seminar 18321 Web Application Security, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl, Germany. Talk title: "How to Design Browser Security and Privacy Alerts" (August 2018)
  • Cherwell Launch Event, Dundee One Building, Dundee, Scotland (July 2018)
  • Keynote at the Aberdeenshire GamesCon 2018 Final, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Speech title: "From Computer Geek to Cyber Security Researcher" (June 2018)
  • Social Market Foundation event, SNP Conference, Glasgow, Scotland. Panel title: "Digital security: how do we keep our money – and ourselves – safe online?"  (October 2017)
  • Invited speaker at the Cyber Security Christmas Lectures in 2017 (RGU, Aberdeen and Abertay University, Dundee). Gave a presentation entitled “A Fridge Full Of Spam” and a demonstration of an IoT child’s toy (December 2017)
  • Invited speaker at the SICSA Cyber Security Christmas Lectures in 2016 (Inverness and Dundee). Gave a presentation entitled “A Fridge Full Of Spam” (December 2016).
  • Speaker at the SICSA Cyber Security Christmas Lectures from 2012-2014. Delivered talks to school pupils about social engineering and the danger of geolocation data shared in tweets (December 2012-2014).

Editorial and reviewer roles

  • Grant Reviewer – Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Vacation Scholarship scheme, 2019 – present
  • Programme Committee (Reviewer) – 8th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust (STAST2018)
  • Reviewer – Expert Systems With Applications (Elsevier), 2018 – present
  • Programme Committee (Reviewer) – International Conference on Cyber-Technologies and Cyber-Systems (IARIA CYBER)
  • Judging Panel, Aberdeenshire GamesCon 2018, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland (June 2018)
  • Reviewer – Journal of Information Security and Applications (Elsevier), 2018 – present
  • Reviewer – Information Technology and People journal (Emerald Publishing), 2017 – present
  •  Programme Committee (Reviewer) – International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness (IEEE Cyber SA), 2017 – present
  •  Programme Committee (Reviewer) – International Conference On Cyber Security and Protection (IEEE Cyber Security) – present
  •  Judging Panel, Poster Competition for Women in Cyber Security, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland (May 2017)

Chairing roles

  • Conference chair, Cyber Science 2018 conference, Glasgow, UK, 2018
  • Publicity chair, Cyber Science 2018 conference, Glasgow, UK, 2018
  • Session chair, Human Behaviour in Security and Privacy, HCII 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Memberships

  • STEM Ambassador
  • British Computer Society (BCS) Educational Affiliate

Outreach

Lynsay is a STEM Ambassador and regularly participates in outreach activities.

Invited talks

  • Meet the Expert talk, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) - Cyber Skills Programme (February 2019)
  • Invited speaker at the Cyber Security Christmas Lectures in 2018 (Abertay University, Dundee). Gave a presentation entitled How the Black Hat (Hackers) Stole Christmas featuring a demonstration of an IoT child’s toy, and a discussion on open-source intelligence.
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Aberdeenshire GamesCon 2018 Final (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen). Speech title "From Computer Geek to Cyber Security Researcher", and discussed the journey from school to PhD.
  • Invited speaker at the Cyber Security Christmas Lectures in 2017 (Aberdeen and Dundee). Gave a presentation entitled “A Fridge Full Of Spam” and a demonstration of an IoT child’s toy.
  • Invited speaker- Social Market Foundation event, SNP Conference, "Digital security: how do we keep our money – and ourselves – safe online?", Glasgow, Scotland (October 2017)
  • Invited speaker at the SICSA Cyber Security Christmas Lectures in 2016 (Inverness and Dundee). Gave a presentation entitled “A Fridge Full Of Spam”.
  • Speaker at the SICSA Cyber Security Christmas Lectures from 2012-2014. Delivered talks to school pupils about social engineering and the danger of geolocation data shared in tweets.

Events

  • "Women in Security: protecting ourselves, protecting our world" event at Abertay University in March 2013. The aim of the event was to showcase the work female scientists are currently undertaking, and to persuade girls to pursue a career in STEM subjects. Lynsay provided a demo, illustrating the dangers of revealing too much information online.

Press

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2017

2016

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (with Distinction), Abertay University

Usable Security, PhD, Abertay University

Internet Computing, MSc (with Distinction), Abertay University

Computing, BSc (Hons), Abertay University

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Research Output 2013 2019

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BlackWatch: increasing attack awareness within web applications

Hall, C. C., Shepherd, L. & Coull, N. J., 15 Feb 2019, In : Future Internet. 11, 2, 20 p., 44.

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How to design browser security and privacy alerts

Shepherd, L. & Renaud, K., 22 Feb 2019, In : Dagstuhl Reports . 8, 8, p. 10 1 p.

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Promoting cyber security awareness via gamification

Shepherd, L., 22 May 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

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Gamification techniques for raising cyber security awareness

Scholefield, S. & Shepherd, L., 3 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) Human Computer Interaction : HCI International 2019. Springer

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GDPR: its time has come

Renaud, K. & Shepherd, L., Feb 2018, In : Network Security. 2018, 2, p. 20-20 1 p.

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Thesis

Enhancing security risk awareness in end-users via affective feedback

Author: Shepherd, L. A., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Archibald, J. (Supervisor) & Ferguson, R. I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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