Research interests

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.

Lynsay’s PhD research explored the fields of affective computing and usable security, and produced a thesis entitled “Enhancing security risk awareness in end-users via affective feedback”. The project investigated the use of a browser extension to monitor and automatically detect risky security behaviour. On detection of such behaviour, affective feedback was delivered to the end-user. The work analysed the impact of the feedback in relation to end-user 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.


  • 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).
  • Collaborative Innovation Funding, Informatics Ventures, June 2014. Secured preliminary funding of £3000 to perform a market study investigating the requirements needed for a piece of Open Source Intelligence software.

Editorial and reviewer roles

  • Local publicity chair, Cyber Science 2018 conference, Glasgow, UK, 2018
  • Reviewer – Journal of Information Security and Applications (Elsevier), 2018 – present
  • Reviewer – Information Technology and People journal (Emerald Publishing), 2017 – present
  • Session chair, Human Behaviour in Security and Privacy, HCII 2017, Vancouver, Canada
  • 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)

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.