Research interests

Despite the availability of security tools, 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.

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.

Research interests: 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 (BSc), and postgraduate levels (MSc, PhD). If you are interested in any of the aforementioned topics, please get in contact with her.

Selected funding

  • 2019- Law Enforcement Consultancy Work (PI, £4200).
  • 2018- Recipient of a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) Cyber Nexus Research Exchange award (PI, £2600).
  • 2018- Awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant for a project entitled “Exploring the impact of embodied agents on phishing awareness” (PI, £10,000).
  • 2014- Collaborative Innovation Funding, Informatics Ventures. Secured preliminary funding to perform a market study investigating the requirements needed for a piece of Open Source Intelligence software (PI, £3000).
  • 2012- Recipient of a competitive Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) prize studentship award of 3.5 years to support PhD work (2012-2016). Funding equated to approximately £18000 per year (total: £63000).

Chairing and reviewer roles


  • Conference chair, Cyber Science 2018 conference, Glasgow, UK, 2018
  • Local publicity chair, Cyber Science 2018 conference, Glasgow, UK, 2018
  • Session chair, Human Behaviour in Security and Privacy, HCII 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Programme Committee/Reviewer/Judging Panel Roles

  • 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 (STAST 2018), 2018 – present
  • Reviewer – Expert Systems With Applications (Elsevier), 2018 – present
  • Programme Committee (Reviewer) – International Conference on Cyber-Technologies and Cyber-Systems (IARIA CYBER), 2018
  • 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)

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.