Research Output per year
Dr Lynsay A. Shepherd is a Lecturer in cybersecurity and HCI 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).
Modules for 2019/20:
- CMP204 Dynamic Web Development (module leader)
- CMP206 Programming For The User (co-deliverer)
- CMP308 Professional Project Planning and Prototyping (computing programme specialist)
- CMP311 Professional Project Development and Delivery (computing programme specialist)
- CMP416 Digital Forensics 2 (module leader, mobile forensics specialist)
- ELE005 Defence Against the Dark Arts (co-deliverer)
Previous modules taught:
- CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2
- 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.
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; eye tracking; affective feedback; web technologies; secure software development; open-source intelligence.
- 2019 - European Commission – Horizon 2020 FORESIGHT (Co-Principle Investigator for Abertay University).
- 2019 - Law Enforcement Consultancy (Principle Investigator)
- 2018 - SICSA Cyber Nexus Research Exchange award (Principle Investigator)
- 2018 - Awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, for a project entitled “Exploring the impact of embodied agents on phishing awareness” (Principle Investigator).
- 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).
- 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).
- SIPR International Policing Conference 2019- Digital Policing: Ethical Challenges Regarding the Role of Technology in Policing (talk title: “Improving Security Awareness Through Gamification Techniques”, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (December 2019)
- NERD.nrw Summer School on Human-Centered System Security (speaking on Human-Centered Cyber Security and the Role of Gamification), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, (September 2019)
- Invited speaker- Promoting Cyber Security Awareness via Gamification (May 2019), Workshop on Serious Games for Cyber Security. Edinburgh, UK.
- Invited speaker for a Meet the Expert talk, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) - Cyber Skills Programme (February 2019)
- 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)
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)
- 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
- STEM Ambassador
- British Computer Society (BCS) Educational Affiliate
Lynsay is a STEM Ambassador and regularly participates in outreach activities.
- 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.
- "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.
- The Herald - Scots urged to look out for new cyber-scams with a coronavirus "flavour". (May 2020). Research was also covered by Police Professional, Evening Express, The Courier, The Scotsman, Manchester Evening News, Scottish Daily Mail, Evening Telegraph, Press and Journal, The Sunday Post.
- STV News Dundee, 6pm, 13/07/18- The arrival of an American software company in Dundee is being hailed as a significant boost to its reputation in the sector. (July 2018).
- Evening Telegraph- American software firm opens research centre at Dundee Waterfront. (July 2018).
- Aberdeenshire Council- Kids create winning software solutions to help themselves flourish in a digital world. (June 2018).
- Scottish Business News Network (SBNN)- Glasgow selected for 2020 World Congress on Computational Intelligence. (April 2018).
- Association of British Professional Conference Organisers Limited (ABPCO) – Glasgow is fast becoming the go-to hub for the world’s leading electrical and electronics engineers. (April 2018).
- Glasgow Convention Bureau- Glasgow is fast becoming the go-to hub for the world’s leading electrical and electronics engineers. (April 2018).
- Association Meetings International- Glasgow scoops world congress on computational intelligence. (April 2018).
- The Courier- Pupils to be warned about impact of social media posts. (December 2017).
- Evening Telegraph- Online grooming ‘is a real danger’ across Dundee and Tayside. (December 2017).
- The Courier- Experts and charities urge caution as location-sharing Snap Map goes live. (June 2017).
- The Courier- Explained: How do I change my Snap Map location settings? (June 2017).
- Evening Telegraph- Abertay lecture will warn of fridge hacking risk. (December 2016)
- The Courier- Abertay University to show how your fridge can be used for cyber spam. (December 2016).
- The Courier- Cybercrime the focus of Abertay Christmas lecture series. (December 2016).
- Acumin- Scottish schools given lessons in cyber security. (December 2016).
- Holyrood Magazine- Scottish school pupils learn about cyber security in Christmas lectures. (December 2016).
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (with Distinction), Abertay University
Award Date: 5 Jul 2018
Usable Security, PhD, Abertay University
Award Date: 6 Jul 2017
Internet Computing, MSc (with Distinction), Abertay University
Award Date: 7 Jul 2011
Computing, BSc (Hons), Abertay University
Award Date: 9 Jul 2009
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Research output: Other contribution
The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for cybercrime policing in Scotland: a rapid review of the evidence and future considerationsCollier, B., Horgan, S., Jones, R. & Shepherd, L. A., 28 May 2020, Edinburgh: Scottish Institute for Policing Research. 18 p. (Research Evidence in Policing: Pandemics; no. 1)
Research output: Book/Report › Other report
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis