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Dr Lynsay Shepherd is a Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Human-Computer Interaction at Abertay University and works within the School of Design and Informatics. Lynsay holds a Ph.D. in Usable Security (a combination of HCI and security research, touching on elements of psychology and sociology), an M.Sc. in Internet Computing, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computing.

Research interests

Lynsay's research continues to focus on applied research in the human aspects of cybersecurity, investigating how people interact with emerging technologies, and their behaviour in the context of secure interactions.

Lynsay’s research interests also focus on eye-tracking techniques, serious games, web technologies, embodied agents, and romance fraud detection/prevention techniques using machine learning.

Teaching

Modules for 2022/23:

  • CMP204 Secure Web Development (module leader)
  • CMP206 Designing For The User (co-deliverer)
  • CMP308 Professional Project Planning and Prototyping (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP311 Professional Project Development and Delivery (computing programme specialist)
  • GRS501 Research Methods (co-deliverer, MSc Ethical Hacking)

Previous modules taught include: CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2, CMP401 Honours Project Scoping and Proposal (co-deliverer), CMP412 Mobile Forensics (module leader), CMP414 Web Futures (co-deliverer), CMP416 Digital Forensics 2 (module leader, mobile forensics specialist), ELE005 Defence Against the Dark Arts (co-deliverer).

Funding

Selected Funding

  • 2022 - NCSC - Gone Phishing, Serious Games (PI)
  • 2021 - Abertay RLINCS-2 PhD Studentship - Broken Hearts, Empty Accounts: Preventing Romance Fraud
  • 2019 - European Commission – Horizon 2020 FORESIGHT (Co-PI for Abertay University).
  • 2019 - Police Scotland - Validity of Health App Data from iPhones (PI)
  • 2018 - SICSA Cyber Nexus - Research Exchange with OTH Regensburg's Eye-tracking Laboratory (PI)
  • 2018 - Carnegie Trust - Exploring the impact of embodied agents on phishing awareness (PI)
  • 2014 - Informatics Ventures - Developing prototype open-source intelligence software (PI)
  • 2012 - Recipient of a competitive Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) PhD studentship

Knowledge Exchange

Invited talks

  • 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)

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.

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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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

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

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