Cybersecurity Professionals: Request for your Participation in Research

David Schuster, Ph.D.

I am a research psychologist studying thought and decision making among cybersecurity professionals. The goal of my research is to improve cybersecurity career training. I need your help to learn how cybersecurity professionals make decisions and develop their expertise.

Anyone who works in a cybersecurity role is welcome; the research benefits from participants with different experiences, perspectives, and job roles.

Considering participation or have questions? E-mail or call +1 408-924-5659

Study 1: Evaluating Macrocognitive Awareness Training (online workshop)

We have developed a prototype training workshop, and I need your help to learn how to make it better.

Would you be willing to participate in the online training workshop and provide your reactions? Participation involves completing surveys before and after the 20-minute workshop, which can be viewed online. The total participation time is under 75 minutes.

Your participation is voluntary. Choosing not to participate will not affect your relationship with San José State University, including members of the research team. The risks associated with participation in this study are minimal. You can skip any question that you do not want to answer.

I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have about this study. You can reach me by e-mail or phone at 408-924-5659. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant or need to report a research-related injury, please contact Dr. Richard Mocarski, Associate Vice President, Office of Research, at (408) 924-2488.

Participate online: Click here to participate.

View the consent notice for this study.

Study 2: Assessing Cybersecurity Knowledge with Tabletop Exercises (interview)

Would you be willing to participate in an interview about your expertise? The interview does not require discussion of any specific threat, incident, or organization. Participation involves critiquing the responses of a fictional cybersecurity professional and a survey. The total participation time is approximately one hour and 45 minutes.

Your participation is voluntary. Choosing not to participate will not affect your relationship with San José State University, including members of the research team. The risks associated with participation in this study are minimal. You can skip any question that you do not want to answer.

I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have about this study. You can reach me by e-mail or phone at 408-924-5659. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant or need to report a research-related injury, please contact Dr. Richard Mocarski, Associate Vice President, Office of Research, at (408) 924-2488.

Contact David Schuster to schedule your session: E-mail or call +1 408-924-5659

View the consent notice for this study.

Study 3: Understanding the Cognitive Process of Computer Network Defense (interview)

I need your help to learn how cybersecurity professionals make decisions and develop their expertise.

Would you be willing to spend under 30 minutes to complete a surevy about your career experience? Following the survey, you will have the option of volunteering for an interview about your expertise. The inteview does not require discussion of any specific threat, incident, or organization.

Your participation is voluntary. Choosing not to participate will not affect your relationship with San José State University, including members of the research team. The risks associated with participation in this study are minimal. You can skip any question that you do not want to answer.

I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have about this study. You can reach me by e-mail or phone at 408-924-5659. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant or need to report a research-related injury, please contact Dr. Richard Mocarski, Associate Vice President, Office of Research, at (408) 924-2488.

Participate online: Click here to view the consent notice and participate.