Mr Colin McLean

Lecturer

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cyber Security

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8604

Biography

Education

  • 2:1 Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dundee College of Technology.
  • Certified Ethical Hacker.
  • Trained Internal and External Penetration tester (Firstbase technologies).

Employment

1999 - Present - Lecturer in Computing - University of Abertay Dundee

2000-03 - Shareholder and Programmer (Communications and database programmer) - ABS Advanced Biometric Systems, Greenock, Scotland.

1994-98 - Lecturer in Mechatronics - University of Abertay Dundee

1990-98 - Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering - Dundee Institute of Technology

1990-91 - Engineering Consultant - Dundee College of Technology / AgriPac UK

1987-90 - Medical Robotics Research Engineer - Scottish Home and Health Department

Personal Statement

I’m a certified ethical hacker and a trained internal and external systems penetration tester. 

Prior to joining Abertay’s teaching staff in 1990, I worked as a medical robotics engineer and as a programmer at ABS (Advanced Biometric Systems).

I’ve been involved in two highly successful knowledge transfer partnerships: one related to encryption within an ATM environment and the other to the security of network ATMs. 

My research interests include penetration testing, web application testing and malware analysis.

I teach Undergraduate and Post Graduate Ethical Hacking modules including Web Application Testing, Penetration testing and Exploit Development.

Areas of interest include Penetration testing, Web Application testing, Malware analysis.

2018

Mayall

Rapley, A., Bellekens, X., Shepherd, L. & McLean, C. (2018) Mayall. . . .
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2016

X-Secure: protecting users from big bad wolves

Binnie, R., McLean, C., Seeam, A. & Bellekens, X. (2016) X-Secure: protecting users from big bad wolves. In: 2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies (EmergiTech). . . IEEE .
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2015

Systemizers are better code-breakers: self-reported systemizing predicts code-breaking performance in expert hackers and naïve participants

Harvey, I., Bolgan, S., Mosca, D., McLean, C. & Rusconi, E. (2015) Systemizers are better code-breakers: self-reported systemizing predicts code-breaking performance in expert hackers and naïve participants. . . .
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More Information

Esteem

External Examiner for M Sc in Engineering Management at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Knowledge Exchange

I have been involved in two highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

2008 - Encryption in an ATM environment - NCR Dundee

2005 - Security of ATM’s over a network. - NCR Dundee

Outreach

Talked at the following conferences: -

2012 - B Sides London, “H@acking Tayles of the 1st Degree”
2011 - BruCon, Belgium, “A script kiddies attempt at hiding trojans“
2011 - B Sides London, “A script kiddies attempt at hiding trojans”

Meet the rest of the team

Mr Ross Heenan

Mr Ross Heenan

Division of Cyber Security | Teaching Fellow

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Dr Natalie Coull

Dr Natalie Coull

Division of Cyber Security | Head of Division

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