To get these answers, editors are polling readers over the next six weeks with an eight-question online survey to test readers' attitudes on emerging technologies to safeguard industry and government computers and computer networks from foreign and domestic hackers and sources of computer malware and cyber vandalism and eavesdropping. Readers can take the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSPCSLS.
Of particular interest in the survey is the importance of cyber security as it applies to avionics, air traffic control, satellites, manned spacecraft, embedded systems, C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance), and unmanned vehicles.
The growing number of hacker attacks on businesses, banks, social media accounts, and more tells us that cyber security is of growing and critical importance -- particularly for national security assets and crucial infrastructure like air traffic control, the electrical grid, and municipal water supplies.
Intelligent Aerospace and Military & Aerospace Electronics want to hear from readers on the importance of cyber security in their jobs, and how they believe cyber security requirements, policies, and technologies will affect them in the future.
The survey does not require readers names, email addresses, or other personal information. Here are the eight quick questions:
1. How concerned are you about the susceptibility of your data and systems to cyber attack?
2. Do you expect the need for cyber security, information security, and cyber warfare to change how you do your job over the next one to three years?
3. How high do you perceive the threat of cyber security in air traffic control; satellites and manned spacecraft; embedded systems; C4ISR; and unmanned vehicles?
4. Do you expect future aerospace & defense programs and contracts to require proof of cyber security/protection?
5. How do you currently (or expect to) protect your information and systems from cyber attack?
6. Why, if so, has your company refrained from adopting cyber security tools?
7. Do you expect to be involved in your company’s or program's decision to buy, recommend, or specify cyber security, information security, or cyber warfare protection tools in the future?
8. When you think of cyber security, information security, and cyber warfare protection, what companies would you consider as viable providers?
Please take a few minutes to answer these quick questions about how today's cyber security issues are affecting you and your job. We'll use information from this survey to enhance and fine-tune our day-today coverage of cyber security, information security, and cyber warfare.
We'll be sure to share the results of the survey with you in future news reports.