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

Selected Funding (~ £128K)

  • 2019- European Commission – Horizon 2020 FORESIGHT (Co-Principle Investigator Abertay University).
  • 2019- Law Enforcement Consultancy Work (Principle Investigator).
  • 2018- Recipient of a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (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. 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) prize studentship award of 3.5 years to support PhD work (2012-2016). Funding equated to approximately £18000 per year (total: £63000).

Research Supervision

PhD Students

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 – 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 (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.