Dr Lynsay Shepherd is a Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Human-Computer Interaction at Abertay University and works within the School of Design and Informatics. Lynsay holds a Ph.D. in Usable Security (a combination of HCI and security research, touching on elements of psychology and sociology), an M.Sc. in Internet Computing, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computing.
Modules for 2022/23:
Previous modules taught include: CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2, CMP401 Honours Project Scoping and Proposal (co-deliverer), CMP412 Mobile Forensics (module leader), CMP414 Web Futures (co-deliverer), CMP416 Digital Forensics 2 (module leader, mobile forensics specialist), ELE005 Defence Against the Dark Arts (co-deliverer).
Lynsay's research focuses on applied research in the human aspects of cybersecurity, investigating how people interact with emerging technologies, and their behaviour in the context of secure interactions.
Lynsay is particularly interested in the use of eye-tracking techniques, serious games, embodied agents, VR/XR, safety and accessibility in the metaverse, and romance fraud detection/prevention techniques using machine learning/artificial intelligence.
ACM, SIGCHI, FHEA, SPRITE+ Expert Fellow.
Invited talks include:
Scot-Secure 2022 - "The “New Normal” – Cybersecurity, COVID, and Future Challenges" (2022), IEEE UK & Ireland - "The Impact of Covid-19 on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime A Brave New World" (2021), SIPR International Policing Conference - "Improving Security Awareness Through Gamification Techniques" (Edinburgh, 2019), NERD.nrw Summer School on Human-Centered System Security (Aachen, Germany, 2019), Workshop on Serious Games for Cyber Security - "Promoting Cyber Security Awareness via Gamification" (Edinburgh, 2019), Dagstuhl Seminar 18321 Web Application Security (Germany, 2019), 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:
Outreach activities include Meet the Expert talk, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) (2019), presenter at the SICSA Cybersecurity Christmas Lectures from 2012-2018, Invited keynote speaker at the Aberdeenshire GamesCon 2018 Final, "Women in Security: protecting ourselves, protecting our world" event at Abertay University (2013).
Lynsay's work has been covered by various press outlets including: The Herald, Police Professional, Evening Express, The Courier, The Scotsman, Manchester Evening News, Scottish Daily Mail, Evening Telegraph, Press and Journal, The Sunday Post.