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 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 within the school, and is actively engaged in research with the Human-Centred Security Research Group.

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; human factors of cyber security; eye tracking; security awareness; affective feedback; open-source intelligence.

Lynsay supervises a variety of projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. If you are interested in pursing a PhD 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/

Recent modules taught:

  • CMP204 Dynamic Web Development, 2016/17 - present (module leader)
  • CMP308 Professional Project Planning and Prototyping, 2017/18 (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP311 Professional Project Development and Delivery, 2016/17 - present (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2, 2016/17 - present (co-deliverer)
  • CMP401 Honours Project Scoping and Proposal, 2016/17 (co-deliverer)
  • CMP412 Mobile Forensics, 2016/17 (module leader)
  • CMP414 Web Futures, 2016/17 – 2017/18 (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.

For an up-to-date list, please see Lynsay's profile on Abertay's Research Repository.


Conference and journal papers

Renaud, K., Shepherd L.A. (2018). How to Make Privacy Policies both GDPR-Compliant and Usable. International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (CyberSA). Glasgow, 2018.

Shepherd L.A., Renaud, K. (2018). How to Design Browser Security and Privacy Alerts. Proceedings of AISB 2018 Symposium, April 2018, (Symposium on Digital Behaviour Intervention for Cyber Security). Liverpool, UK.

Renaud, K., Shepherd, L. (2018). GDPR: its time has come. Network Security, 2018(2), pp.20-20.

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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Selected Funding

  • 2018 - Awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant (Principle Investigator, £9440), in February 2018, for a project entitled “Exploring the impact of embodied agents on phishing awareness”.
  • 2014 - Collaborative Innovation Funding, Informatics Ventures, June 2014. Secured preliminary funding of £3000 to perform a market study investigating the requirements needed for a piece of Open Source Intelligence software (Co-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).


Editorial and reviewer roles

  • Reviewer – Expert Systems With Applications (Elsevier), 2018 – present
  • Programme Committee (Reviewer) – International Conference on Cyber-Technologies and Cyber-Systems (IARIA CYBER), 2018 – present
  • 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


Invited talks

  • Invited keynote speaker at the Aberdeenshire GamesCon 2018 Final (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen). Presentation title is TBC, and will discuss 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.






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