Natalie Coull

Lecturer

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  • 2 h-Index
20112019
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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Natalie Coull is the Head of Division of Cyber Security in the School of Design and Informatics and has research interests in secure coding, digital watermarks and computer memory-based security concerns. She also teaches foundational programming and computer security to undergraduate students. Natalie is actively engaged in outreach, including promoting female participation in cyber security and leading a programme to provide Abertay student mentors for local school pupils as part of their National Progression Award in Cybersecurity.
Natalie is interested in exploring the role of computer games in cybersecurity training. In collaboration with Droman Crime Solutions Ltd., a leading strategic consultancy company in security and public safety, and Hyper Luminal, a serious games company, together with Dr Iain Donald, a serious games expert at Abertay, the team is developing a new kind of training environment to help the police deal with cybercrime.

Natalie gained a First Class Honours Degree in Business Computing at Abertay University and a Doctorate in technology-enhanced education at the University of St Andrews, which was followed by a Post-Doctoral post in the same area. Natalie was appointed as a Lecturer in Ethical Hacking in 2008 at Abertay.

Teaching

CMP104 & CMP102 - Introductory Programming

The aim of these modules is to provide students with the ability to develop simple programs in C++ that illustrate fundamental programming concepts.

CMP210 - Ethical Hacking 1

This module gives students the opportunity to explore the steps involved in a basic penetration test using our test network. Students will explore the tools used in footprinting, scanning, enumeration and system hacking.

CMP506 - Computer Security

The module introduces issues relating to computer security, including vulnerabilities and techniques for improving defences. Students will analyse how malicious hackers can gain unauthorised access and explore how organisations and individuals can improve their security.

Research interests

My research focuses on cataloguing security threats and vulnerabilities to better understand their root cause and identify appropriate techniques to improve communication of security problems. In particular my research investigates how anti-patterns can be used to transfer knowledge from the cybersecurity community to the software development community to ensure that secure software is developed from the outset. Broader research interests also encompass developing appropriate testing methodologies for SMEs and IoT, and the wider context of cybercrime and prevention measures.

I am also interested in exploring the role of computer games in cybersecurity training. In collaboration with Droman Crime Solutions Ltd., a leading strategic consultancy company in security and public safety, and Hyper Luminal, a serious games company, together with Dr Iain Donald, a serious games expert at Abertay, the team is developing a new kind of training environment to help the police deal with cybercrime.

Funding

Selected Funding
Year(s) Title of Award Source Value
2016 First Responder Guide Interface (plus matched cash from company) £40,000 (PI)
2016 Droman Crime Solutions Innovation Voucher (plus matched cash from company) £10,000 (PI)
2014 RIO (Remote Internet Observation) SIPR £5,000 (PI)
2014 Monitoring of Internet Sex Offenders KTG (Knowledge Transfer Grant) £5000 (PI)

Esteem

• Invited speaker, IESIS ProfEng “Analysis of a Cyber Attack”
• Invited speaker Holyrood Cyber Security Conference “The Role of Education in Cyber Security”
• Assessor for the 2017 round of the EPSRC and GCHQ’s Academic Centres of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research
• Member of the GCHQ Master’s Certification Panel for session 2016 and session 2017
• Reviewer in external Athena Swan Assessment Panel in April 2016
• Member of SQA’s Qualification Development Team to oversee the creation of a new qualification (National Progression Award) for school children in the area of cybersecurity
• Committee member of the local branch of the BCS (Tayside and Fife)  and Branch Chair from 2014 – 2016
• Associate Member of the BCS
• Fellow of Higher Education Academy
• Outstanding Woman in Cyber Award 2016, Scottish Cyber Awards

Outreach

Natalie is a STEM ambassador and organises outreach activities with local schools. These range from computer security talks and demonstrations to senior secondary school pupils to password security and Lego MindStorm programming workshops with younger pupils.

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 14 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 5 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Editorial
13 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Vulnerability anti-patterns: a timeless way to capture poor software practices (Vulnerabilities)

Nafees, T., Coull, N., Ferguson, I. & Sampson, A., 29 Nov 2018, Proceedings of the 24th Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs. The Hillside Group, 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
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Software engineering
Communication
1 Citation (Scopus)
118 Downloads (Pure)

A methodology for testing virtualisation security

Donaldson, S., Coull, N. J. & McLuskie, D., 19 Oct 2017, Proceedings of the International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (CyberSA). IEEE , 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Testing
Cloud computing
Computer operating systems
Computer hardware
Servers
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Idea-caution before exploitation: the use of cybersecurity domain knowledge to educate software engineers against software vulnerabilities

Nafees, T., Coull, N., Ferguson, R. I. & Sampson, A., 5 Jul 2017, Engineering secure software and systems: 9th Internatinal symposium, ESSoS 2017 Bonn, Germany, July 3-5, 2017: proceedings. Bodden, E., Paye, M. & Athanasopoulos, E. (eds.). 1 ed. Chambray: Springer, p. 133-142 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10379).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Software engineering
Engineers

On the use of serious games technology to facilitate large-scale training in cybercrime response

Coull, N., Donald, I., Ferguson, I., Keane, E., Mitchell, T., Smith, O. V., Stevenson, E. & Tomkins, P., 22 Nov 2017, In : European Police Science and Research Bulletin. Special Conference Edition, 3, p. 123-130 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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offense
seizure
police officer
computer game
everyday life

Thesis

Addressing the knowledge transfer problem in secure software development through anti-patterns

Author: Nafees, T., 20 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Coull, N. (Supervisor) & Ferguson, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

H.264 Encoded Digital Video Protection using Temporal Redundancy LSB Steganography

Author: Mitchell, S., 25 Sep 2018

Supervisor: Ferguson, R. I. (Supervisor) & Coull, N. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

On improving cybersecurity through memory isolation using systems management mode

Author: Sutherland, J., 18 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Ferguson, I. (Supervisor) & Coull, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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