Why we are asking you to take part in our survey
We are academics at the University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University of London. We are conducting a survey to investigate organizational awareness and readiness to adopt technologies based upon Digital Security by Design (DSbD) principles.  We are seeking to explore organisations’:
  • attitude towards cyber security and experience of incidents              
  • prioritisation of cyber security during procurement and deployment of IT devices
  • awareness of DSbD issues and principles.
The work is contributing to an 18-month project funded by Discribe (the Digital Security by Design Social Science Hub+, part of the UK government’s Digital Security by Design (DSbD) Programme).  The findings will guide further stakeholder consultation via online workshops (which you may volunteer for separately), and support the development of a Self-Assessment Tool for organisations to profile their awareness of DSbD and potential opportunities for incorporating it.
This research has been approved by the University of Nottingham School of Computer Science Research Ethics Committee (CS REC), ethics application ID CS-2021-R45.  Please contact Prof. Steven Furnell or Dr Maria Bada with any questions.

Taking part in the survey
You are asked to complete a 39-question survey (including an optional free text comments box at the end) addressing the themes mentioned above. This should take around 15 minutes.

Risks of participation
This questionnaire has been designed to render any personal data you provide anonymous at the point of collection. However, there is a risk that you might identify yourself or your organisation in any comments you provide. We urge you not to do so but accept the risk still exists.

We will anonymise any comments that you provide that do identify yourself or your organisation to mitigate this risk before the data is analysed.

What we will use the data for
The data collected by the questionnaire will be analysed to meet the aims and objectives of our research described above. It may be reviewed and discussed in research meetings between members of the research team.

Anonymous quotations of comments made by participants may be used in scientific works, including presentations, reports and publications stored in databases and posted online and in marketing materials that promote the research and its findings.

Right to withdraw
You have the right to withdraw at any time during the survey without explanation. However, it will not be possible to delete any data you provide after the questionnaire has been completed as it is anonymous and we cannot track who provided it.

Consent to participate
By proceeding, I consent to participate and confirm the following:
  • I understand the aims and objectives of the research
  • I understand what taking part in the survey requires me to do
  • I accept the risks of participation (delete if not applicable)
  • I understand how the survey data may be used
  • I understand that I can withdraw at any time without explanation
  • I agree to participate and my participation is voluntary
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