MR Shaun Mc Brearty

Assistant Lecturer

Contact Details

Assistant Lecturer
Computing & Creative Practices
Department of Computing and Creative Practices
School of Engineering and Design
I.T. Sligo

T: Ext. 5747


Shaun Mc Brearty is an experienced I.T. Professional who has worked in a variety of roles in the SME sector. Shaun has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Computing (2012), an M.Sc. in Systems and Software Security (2015) and has recently begun a PhD in the area of Searchable Encryption on a part-time basis (due to be completed in 2022). Shaun is also an experienced educator having previously worked in the private training and further education sectors between 2014 and 2016 before joining the staff of IT Sligo in January 2017. Shaun's areas of expertise include: Software Development (Java, C#.Net, PHP, SQL), Software Testing (Manual and Automated Testing), Cyber Security (Software Security/Hardware Security/Cryptography), Network Administration (Cisco), Public/Private Cloud Administration (Azure, Citrix, VMware) and Server Administration (Windows, Linux).

Research Interests

  • Applied Cryptography.
  • Networking Protocol Security.
  • Geo-Blocking (Detecting VPN And Proxy Server Usage).
  • Ethical Hacking/Penetration Testing.
  • Software Testing/QA.
  • Secure Software Development.
  • Digital Forensics.
  • The ‘Human Factor’ In I.T. Security/Social Engineering.
  • Database Server Performance.
  • Software Framework/Programming Language Performance.
  • Legal Compliance of Applications.
  • Legal, Ethical & Social Issues In Computing.
  • Virtualisation (Performance, Security).
  • Grid Computing.
  • Distributed Computing.
  • Parallel Computing.
  • Malware Analysis (Reverse Engineering).
  • Malware Obfuscation/Detection Avoidance.
  • Device Driver Security.
  • Image Processing.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'The Performance Cost Of Preserving Data/Query Privacy Using Searchable Symmetric Encryption'
Shaun Mc Brearty, William Farrelly, Kevin Curran (2016) 'The Performance Cost Of Preserving Data/Query Privacy Using Searchable Symmetric Encryption'. Security And Communication Networks, [Details]
(2012) 'Legal, Ethical & Social Issues In The Case Of An Intrusive Remote Monitoring Software'
Shaun Mc Brearty, Nigel McKelvey, Kevin Curran (2012) 'Legal, Ethical & Social Issues In The Case Of An Intrusive Remote Monitoring Software'. International Journal Of Information Security, [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2016) Irish Signals & Systems Conference
Shaun Mc Brearty, William Farrelly, Kevin Curran (2016) Preserving Data Privacy With Searchable Symmetric Encryption Irish Signals & Systems Conference [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2012 Kay McNulty Prize For Best Student In Computing LYIT


  Employer Position From / To
Flair-Interiors Software Developer/Project Manager 01-JUN-12 / 31-MAR-13
Woodland NI Junior Systems Integrator/FUSION Project Manager 01-APR-13 / 31-DEC-13
National Learning Network Software Development/Testing Course Tutor 01-MAR-14 / 13-JAN-17
Letterkenny Institute of Technology Assistant Lecturer (Part-Time) 01-JAN-16 / 01-FEB-17


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2012 Letterkenny Institute of Technology B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Computing
2015 Letterkenny Institute of Technology Master of Science Systems And Software Security


  Language Reading Writing Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent

Other Activities


Currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science at the Magee Campus of Ulster University on a part-time basis.

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
1/2017 Design Thinking COMP06217
8/2017 Virtualization and Private Cloud COMP08081
8/2018 Mobile Development COMP08075
7/2017 Mobile Architecture and Design COMP08072
8/2018 Virtualization and Private Cloud COMP08081