We have been given a great opportunity to participate in a key study on cyber intelligence by researchers at the University of South Florida (USF). This applies to both consumers and producers of intelligence. Please see details below from USF on the effort as well as the link to take the survey. V/R, Blake Moore | Director of Intelligence | MCPA 


Informed Consent to Participate in Research 
Information to Consider Before Taking Part in this Research Study

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Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) study many topics. To do this, we need the help of people who agree to take part in a research study. This form tells you about this research study. We are asking you to take part in a research study that is called Developing a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) for Cyber Intelligence. The person who is in charge of this research study is Dr. Randy Borum. This person is called the Principal Investigator.  

This study is sponsored by the National Security Agency and US Army Reserve

Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this study is to understand and document the opinions of cyber intelligence experts in industry, government, and academia concerning what a competent professional in the field of cyber intelligence must know, including the skills, techniques, and practices that are routinely employed.
Why are you being asked to take part?
We are asking you to take part in this research study because you have been identified as a professional with expertise in cybersecurity, potentially including the intelligence function. 

Study Procedures
If you take part in this study, you will be asked to rate the importance of each knowledge element and the level of knowledge that is necessary for entry-level proficiency as a Cyber Intelligence Analyst. We do not ask you for any identifying information.   

Alternatives / Voluntary Participation / Withdrawal 
You have the alternative to choose not to participate in this research study.  

You should only take part in this study if you want to volunteer; you are free to participate in this research or withdraw at any time.  There will be no penalty or loss of benefits you are entitled to receive if you stop taking part in this study. 

Benefits and Risks
We are unsure if you will receive any benefits by taking part in this research study, but your input will help contribute to our investigation of this important scientific and professional question.

This research is considered to be minimal risk.

We will not pay you for the time you volunteer while being in this study.  

Privacy and Confidentiality
We must keep your study records as confidential as possible. It is possible, although unlikely, that unauthorized individuals could gain access to your responses because you are responding online. 

Certain people may need to see your study records. By law, anyone who looks at your records must keep them completely confidential. The only people who will be allowed to see these records are:  Principal Investigator and research team, and The University of South Florida Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

•    Study sponsors are the National Security Agency and US Army Reserve

•    It is possible, although unlikely, that unauthorized individuals could gain access to your responses.  Confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used.  No guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the Internet.  However, your participation in this online survey involves risks similar to a person’s everyday use of the Internet.  If you complete and submit an anonymous survey and later request your data be withdrawn, this may or may not be possible as the researcher may be unable to extract anonymous data from the database.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the USF IRB at (813) 974-5638 or contact by email at [email protected] If you have questions regarding the research, please contact the Principal Investigator at [email protected]

We may publish what we learn from this study. If we do, we will not let anyone know your name. We will not publish anything else that would let people know who you are. You can print a copy of this consent form for your records. 

If possible, please complete the survey by August 18, 2017.

I freely give my consent to take part in this study.  I understand that by proceeding with this survey that I am agreeing to take part in research and I am 18 years of age or older.

Link to survey: https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9mDm42gYldWityB

To begin the survey, you may cut and paste the above URL or click HERE.

Thank you!

(Qualtrics, which you will see in the URL as a domain name, is USF’s online survey platform)