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 studied at Abertay University, Dundee, and holds a PhD in Usable Security (2016), an MSc in Internet Computing (2011) and a BSc (Hons) in Computing (2009). In addition to this, Lynsay is an active member of the Security Research Group (SRG) within the school, and has recently joined the Human-Centred Security Research Group.
In her spare time, Lynsay is a rubbish guitarist, and an amateur photographer.
Despite the availability of security tools, end-user 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, with a view to improving their overall level of security awareness.
Current research interests include: usable security, human-computer interaction, the human factors of cyber security, security awareness, affective feedback, and open-source intelligence.
Lynsay supervises a variety of projects at both undergraduate (BSc), and postgraduate levels (MSc, PhD). If you are interested in any of the aforementioned topics, please get in contact with her.