Dr Ethan Bayne


School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cyber Security

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8510



  • 2006 - 2008 Abertay University BSc Computing and Networks
  • 2012 - 2013 Abertay University MSc (Distinction) Ethical Hacking and Computer Security
  • 2013 - 2016 Abertay University PhD for a thesis entitled "Accelerating Digital Forensic Searching Through GPGPU Parallel Processing Techniques"


  • 2007 - 2008 Applications and Development Technician Perth & Kinross Council Developed and maintained in-house software applications for corporate use.
  • 2008 - 2013 ICT Technician Perth & Kinross Council Supporting large-scale ICT infrastructure and software for corporate and education environments.
  • 2016 - Present Lecturer Abertay University Division of Cyber Security

Dr Bayne has taught a range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 2013. Topics include:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Computer Security (Reverse Engineering, Web Application Hacking)
  • Object Oriented Programming (Java, C#)
  • Microprocessors and Electronics
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Architecture
  • Operating Systems

Dr Bayne's research interests are within the cyber security theme. His current research investigates the application of massively-paralleled processors (GPGPUs) and modern pattern matching algorithms to the problem of digital forensics searching. Asides from parallel computing and pattern matching algorithms, he has current interests in computer security, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT).

He is currently supervising a PhD project that aims to investigate deep learning Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) for IoT.

  • Bayne, E., Ferguson, R. I., & Sampson, A. T. (2018). OpenForensics: a digital forensics GPU pattern matching approach for the 21st century. Digital Investigation, 24(Suppl.), S29-S37. DOI: 10.1016/j.diin.2018.01.005
  • Bayne, E. (2017). Accelerating digital forensic searching through GPGPU parallel processing techniques. PhD thesis. Abertay University.
  • Bayne, E., Ferguson, R. I., Sampson, A. T., & Isaacs, J. P. (2016). Using multiple GPUs to accelerate string searching for digital forensic analysis. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering (pp. 67-78). Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (ADFSL).
  • Bayne, E., Ferguson, R.I. and Isaacs, J. (2014). OpenCL Acceleration of Digital Forensic Methods, In Proceedings of the Intl Conf on Cybercrime, Security and Digital Forensics (CyFor 2014), University of Strathclyde.

More Information


  • RLincs PhD Studentship   circa £80k
  • Nvidia GPU Seeding grant   circa £1.3k


Invited Talks

  • 2017   SEGi University (Malaysia)   Invited talk about IoT and the future of cybersecurity.
  • 2017   KDU University (Malaysia)   Invited talk about cybercrime and the security of connected cities.


Public Speaking

  • 2017   British Council Singapore   Public talk on cyber security awareness.

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Dr Lynsay Shepherd

Dr Lynsay Shepherd

Division of Cyber Security | Lecturer

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Dr Andrea Szymkowiak

Dr Andrea Szymkowiak

Division of Cyber Security | Senior Lecturer

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