Dr Lynsay Shepherd


School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cybersecurity

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+44 (0)1382 30 8685


Dr Lynsay A. Shepherd is a Lecturer in Cybersecurity and HCI at Abertay University, Dundee, and works within 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 holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (Distinction) an is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

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Modules for 2019/20:

  • CMP204 Dynamic Web Development (module leader)
  • CMP206 Programming For The User (co-deliverer)
  • CMP308 Professional Project Planning and Prototyping (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP311 Professional Project Development and Delivery (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP416 Digital Forensics 2 (module leader, mobile forensics specialist)
  • ELE005 Defence Against the Dark Arts (co-deliverer)

Previous modules taught:

  • CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2
  • CMP401 Honours Project Scoping and Proposal (co-deliverer)
  • CMP412 Mobile Forensics (module leader)
  • CMP414 Web Futures (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.


Despite the availability of security tools, 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.

Research interests: usable security; human-computer interaction; eye tracking; affective feedback; web technologies; secure software development; open-source intelligence.

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Selected Funding

  • 2019 - European Commission – Horizon 2020 FORESIGHT (Co-Principal Investigator for Abertay University).
  • 2019 - Law Enforcement Consultancy (Principal Investigator)
  • 2018 - SICSA Cyber Nexus Research Exchange award (Principal Investigator)
  • 2018 - Awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, for a project entitled “Exploring the impact of embodied agents on phishing awareness” (Principal Investigator).
  • 2014 - Collaborative Innovation Funding, Informatics Ventures, June 2014. Secured preliminary funding to perform a market study investigating the requirements needed for a piece of Open Source Intelligence software (Principal 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).

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


  • STEM Ambassador
  • British Computer Society (BCS) Educational Affiliate



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.


  • "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.






Meet the rest of the team

Professor Graham Johnson

Professor Graham Johnson

Division of Cybersecurity | Professor of Human-Centred Technology

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Dr Gavin Hales

Dr Gavin Hales

Division of Cybersecurity | Lecturer

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