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Research Methods for Cyber Security by David O. Manz, Thomas W. Edgar

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Chapter 5

Descriptive Study

Abstract

Descriptive studies focus in depth on a specific case of some system. This chapter will discuss descriptive study methods, such as case studies, surveys, and case reports, as well as providing guidance on which is the most suitable method to choose for any particular cyber security research. It also addresses data collection as it relates to observational study in general terms, e.g., the medium through which surveys/questionnaires are undertaken and how to develop specific questions in order to best obtain the data that you require. Data analysis is also discussed and the chapter ends by outlining the design and presentation of descriptive studies.

Keywords

Case report; case study; descriptive study; elicitation; ...

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