Dr Lynsay Shepherd

Lecturer

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cyber Security

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8685

Biography

Despite the availability of security tools, devices are still vulnerable to compromise owing to a lack of end-user security awareness.  Lynsay is interested in the human aspects of cyber security, investigating how to effectively communicate security information to end-users.

Research interests include: usable security, human-computer interaction, eye tracking, security awareness, affective feedback, open-source intelligence, secure software development.

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 email lynsay.shepherd@abertay.ac.uk

Modules for 2019/20:

  • CMP204 Dynamic Web Development, 2016 - present (module leader)
  • CMP308 Professional Project Planning and Prototyping, 2016 - present (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP311 Professional Project Development and Delivery, 2016 - present (computing programme specialist)
  • CMP416 Digital Forensics 2, 2018 - present (module leader, co-deliverer, mobile forensics specialist)
  • ELE005 Defence Against the Dark Arts, 2016 - present (co-deliverer)

Previous modules taught:

  • CMP319 Ethical Hacking 2 (module leader, co-deliverer)
  • 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 owing to a lack of end-user security awareness.  Lynsay is interested in the human aspects of cyber security, investigating how to effectively communicate security information to end-users.

Research interests include: usable security, human-computer interaction, eye tracking, security awareness, affective feedback, open-source intelligence, secure software development.

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 email lynsay.shepherd@abertay.ac.uk

2019

Promoting cyber security awareness via gamification

Shepherd, L. (2019) Promoting cyber security awareness via gamification. . . .
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How to design browser security and privacy alerts

Shepherd, L. & Renaud, K. (2019) How to design browser security and privacy alerts. . . p. 10. .
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BlackWatch

Hall, C. C., Shepherd, L. & Coull, N. J. (2019) BlackWatch. . . .
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2018

Mayall

Rapley, A., Bellekens, X., Shepherd, L. & McLean, C. (2018) Mayall. . . .
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How to make privacy policies both GDPR-compliant and usable

Renaud, K. & Shepherd, L. (2018) How to make privacy policies both GDPR-compliant and usable. In: 2018 International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (CyberSA). . . IEEE .
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How to design browser security and privacy alerts

Shepherd, L. A. & Renaud, K. (2018) How to design browser security and privacy alerts. In: AISB 2018: Symposium on Digital Behaviour Interventions for Cyber-Security. . p. 21-28. . Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation for Behaviour (AISB).
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GDPR

Renaud, K. & Shepherd, L. (2018) GDPR. . . p. 20-20. .
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Gamification techniques for raising cyber security awareness

Scholefield, S. . & Shepherd, L. (2018) Gamification techniques for raising cyber security awareness. In: HCI for cybersecurity,privacy and trust: HCII 2019. Moallem, A. (ed.). p. 191-201. . Springer.
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2017

Security awareness and affective feedback

Shepherd, L. A. & Archibald, J. (2017) Security awareness and affective feedback. In: Proceedings of the International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment- CyberSA. . . IEEE .
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2016

Assessing the impact of affective feedback on end-user security awareness

Shepherd, L. A. ., Archibald, J. & Ferguson, R. I. (2016) Assessing the impact of affective feedback on end-user security awareness. In: Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy and Trust: 5th International Conference, HAS 2017. Tryfonas, T. (ed.). p. 143-159. Cham: Springer.
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2014

Reducing risky security behaviours

Shepherd, L. A., Archibald, J. & Ferguson, R. I. (2014) Reducing risky security behaviours. . . p. 760-772. .
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Reducing risky security behaviours

Shepherd, L. A. ., Archibald, J. & Ferguson, R. I. (2014) Reducing risky security behaviours. . . p. 7-14. .
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2013

Perception of risky security behaviour by users

Shepherd, L. A., Archibald, J. & Ferguson, R. I. (2013) Perception of risky security behaviour by users. In: Human aspects of information security, privacy, and trust: first international conference, HAS 2013 held as part of HCI International 2013 Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 2013: proceedings. Marinos, L. (ed.), Askoxylakis, I. (ed.). p. 176-185. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
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Funding

Selected Funding (~ £128K)

  • 2019 - Police Scotland Consultancy (Principle Investigator)
  • 2018 - SICSA Cyber Nexus Research Exchange award (Principle Investigator)
  • 2018 - Awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, for a project entitled “Exploring the impact of embodied agents on phishing awareness” (Principle 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 (Principle 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).

Esteem

Invited talks

  • Invited speaker- NERD.nrw Summer School on Human-Centered System Security (September 2019), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
  • 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)
  • 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 (December 2018).
  • 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)
  • Invited speaker at the Cyber Security Christmas Lectures in 2017 (RGU, Aberdeen and Abertay University, Dundee). Gave a presentation entitled “A Fridge Full Of Spam” and a demonstration of an IoT child’s toy (December 2017)
  • Invited speaker at the SICSA Cyber Security Christmas Lectures in 2016 (Inverness and Dundee). Gave a presentation entitled “A Fridge Full Of Spam” (December 2016).
  • 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 (December 2012-2014).

Editorial and reviewer roles

  • Reviewer - IEEE Access, 2019 - present
  • Grant Reviewer – SICSA Cyber Nexus, 2019 – present
  • 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

Memberships

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

Knowledge Exchange

  • International Health Battle and iAge Project (Interreg Europe Project)- Lynsay participated as a team security expert in the International Health Battle and iAge Meetings, Hanze University Groningen, Netherlands, November 2013. It involved working on an eHealth case with a multidisciplinary team, forming a solution and presenting a pitch.

Outreach

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.

Events

  • "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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