Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) study many topics. The university is currently requesting assistance in the completion of an internet security survey for micro businesses (a business of any status – sole owner, incorporated, partnership; between 0-9 employees) which takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
The research will be done by collecting responses to a series of questions through an electronic survey. The study that is called: Comparative US & UK Micro Enterprise Network Threat Management (USF Case Reference eIRB 16218)
Dr. Phillip King-Wilson is in charge of the survey as the Principal Investigator. He is an employee of the USF College of Business, Department of Information Systems, Decision Sciences.
The study being undertaken at USF will compare how UK & US micro-enterprises manage internet/data threats, their perceptions and beliefs, their technical and legal knowledge in relation to internet security and data laws.
The objective is to identify practical and cost-efficient solutions to assist companies in maintaining security integrity and legal compliance with increasingly onerous data protection/usage Acts & laws against dispersal of computer viruses/malware.
The US & UK governments spend millions of $/£’s of public money in providing information and assistance to small businesses for internet/data security, but how many make use of it or are even aware of it?
These are the sorts of questions within the survey which will determine whether there are better ways to assist micro businesses to keep up with the constant evolution of internet security, data threats and legal compliance.
Please contact the USF IRB at 974-5638 or the Principal Investigator at 813-357-4113 in the US or 07771 498464 for the UK, with questions. Further information on this study can be found at http://www.micro-enterprise-survey.com.
Click here to complete the survey: http://smesurveys.limequery.com/index.php/315864/lang-en
Survey responses will be recorded on an anonymous basis and the only stored personal data will be:
a) that you have been e-mailed an invitation
b) whether you have completed the survey
c) whether any reminder e-mails have been sent to you
At the close of the data collection for the UK section of the study, all data relating to the respondents and their businesses, such as name and e-mail address, will be permanently deleted electronically and no physical records will be maintained.