Dr Lynsay Shepherd


School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cyber Security

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+44 (0)1382 30 8685


Dr Lynsay A. Shepherd is a lecturer in Usable Security at Abertay University, Dundee, and works within the Division of Cyber Security, in the School of Design and Informatics. Lynsay studied at Abertay University, Dundee, and holds a PhD in Usable Security, an MSc in Internet Computing, and a BSc (Hons) in Computing. In addition to this, Lynsay is a member of the Security Research Group (SRG) within the school, and has joined the Human-Centred Security Research Group (http://www.hcisec.co.uk).

Despite the availability of security tools, end-user 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, with a view to improving their overall level of security awareness.

Current research interests include: usable security, human-computer interaction, the human factors of cyber security, security awareness, affective feedback, and open-source intelligence.

Lynsay supervises a variety of projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. If you are interested in any of the aforementioned topics, please get in contact with her.

Lynsay's research website can be found at https://www.lynsayshepherd.co.uk/

2017/18 Academic Session:

  • CMP204 Dynamic Web Development 1
  • CMP308 Professional Project Planning and Prototyping (co-deliverer)
  • CMP311 Professional Project Development and Delivery (co-deliverer)
  • CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2 (co-deliverer)
  • CMP414 Web Futures (co-deliverer)


Previous modules taught:

  • CMP204 Dynamic Web Development 1, 2016 - onwards
  • CMP311 Professional Project Development and Delivery, 2017 - onwards, (co-deliverer)
  • CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2, 2016 - onwards
  • CMP401 Honours Project Scoping and Proposal, 2016/17 (co-deliverer)
  • CMP412 Mobile Forensics, 2016/17
  • CMP414 Web Futures, 2017 - onwards, (co-deliverer)


Previous modules taught (as a part-time lecturer):

  • CE0831A Data Design and Organisation, 2015/16, (co-deliverer)
  • CE0931A Information Architecture, 2015/16, (co-deliverer)


Previous modules involved with (as a teaching assistant)

  • CE0825A Object Oriented Programming 2, 2014/15, (co-deliverer)
  • CE0702A Practical Session 2, 2014/15, (co-deliverer)
  • CE0714A/CE0711A Computer Hardware Architecture and Operating Systems, 2012-2015
  • CE0937A Advanced Web Scripting, 2011-2012
  • CE0931A Database and Internet Application Design, 2011-2015
  • CE0831A Web Standards, 2011-2013
  • CE0703A Professional Practice, 2011
  • SA0751A Database Fundementals, 2010- 2011
  • SA1032A XML and the Mobile Internet, 2009-2011

Conference and journal papers

Shepherd L.A., Archibald J., Ferguson R.I. (2017) Assessing the Impact of Affective Feedback on End-User Security Awareness. In: Tryfonas, T. (eds) Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust. HAS 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10292, pp. 143–159. Springer International Publishing.

Shepherd L.A., Archibald J. (2017) Security Awareness and Affective Feedback: Categorical Behaviour vs. Reported Behaviour. 2017 International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (CyberSA), London, 2017.

Shepherd LA, Archibald J, Ferguson R.I. Reducing Risky Security Behaviours: Utilising Affective Feedback to Educate Users. Future Internet. 2014; 6(4):760-772.

Shepherd, L. A. Archibald, J. and Ferguson, R. I. (2014). Reducing risky security behaviours: utilising affective feedback to educate users, Proceedings of Cyberforensics 2014, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, pp7-14, 2014

Shepherd, L. A. Archibald, J. and Ferguson, R. I. (2013). Perception of risky security behaviour by users: survey of current approaches. Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8030,176-185



Shepherd, L. A. 2016. Enhancing security risk awareness in end-users via affective feedback. PhD, Abertay University, https://rke.abertay.ac.uk/en/studentTheses/enhancing-security-risk-awareness-in-end-users-via-affective-feed

Shepherd, L. A. 2011. Determining Identity on Mobile Phones Using Keystroke Analysis. MSc, Abertay University

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Mr David McLuskie

Division of Cyber Security | Teaching Fellow

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Dr Salma ElSayed

Division of Cyber Security | Lecturer

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