Welcome to our research survey about Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)!

Purpose of the Research. The purpose of this study is to identify potential vulnerabilities in the cyber-physical system ecosystem; guide future operationally relevant technology transition processes, develop training tailored to address specific gaps; conduct and inform an assessment to identify potential operational limitations; and initiate steps necessary for improved processes to ensure technology capability readiness for transition success of new integrated technology for cyber-physical systems and control systems (CPS/CS).

Definitions Used: Cyber-Physical Systems and Control Systems (CPS/CS) include those systems referred to as industrial control systems (ICS), internet of things (IoT), operational technology (OT), platform information technology (PIT), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Examples include but are not limited to: building automation systems; energy/utility monitoring and control systems; lighting; fire and life safety; physical security; fuel handling; logistics; medical; manufacturing; and weapons systems. Damage to or compromise of any CPS/CS may compromise a mission or cause cascading failures if the CPS/CS is used as a gateway into an organization’s broader information networks.

Project Scope. This "Cybersecurity Workforce Cyber-Physical Systems and Control Systems (CPS/CS)" questionnaire is intended for participants directly involved with cyber-physical systems and those interested in working in this field.

Project Procedures. There is no cost for participating. This questionnaire should take about 20 minutes of your time. Your response will contribute to research knowledge.

Email addresses are not part of the data collection. A limited number of research team members will have access to the data during data collection.

Confidentiality. Personal identifier information is not collected. All reasonable measures are taken to protect your identity and responses. The questions in this survey do not ask you to reveal any personally identifying information, the data are SSL encrypted and stored in a password-protected database, and IP addresses are not collected. However, email and the internet are not 100% secure, so it is also suggested that you clear the computer’s cache and browser history to protect your privacy after completing the survey. Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may withdraw from participation at any time.

Individual responses will be used to better understand the cybersecurity workforce for cyber-physical systems in aggregate. The findings of the study will be shared in the form of research reports in professional journals. Research files may be shared with the Colorado State University (CSU) Institutional Review Board (IRB) for audit purposes.

Risks. There are no known risks for participation. It is not possible to identify all potential risks that may be associated with research procedures, but the researchers have taken reasonable safeguards to minimize any known and potential but unknown risks.

If you require additional information or have questions, or if you would like a summary copy of this study please contact the Research Assistant Ms. Aleksandra Scalco at aleksandrascalco@controlsystem.engineering, Study Director Dr. Steve Simske at Steve.Simske@colostate.edu, or the CSU IRB at RICRO_IRB@mail.colostate.edu; 970-491-1553.

For further information about this research study, please contact the Colorado State University (CSU) Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office by Tel. 970-491-1553 or RICRO_IRB@mail.colostate.edu. Please reference Protocol Number: 20-10209H.

Thank you for your support, and responses to the questions.

© 2020. Aleksandra Scalco and Dr. Steve Simske. All Rights Reserved.

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