In order to identify best practices regarding how various U.S. organizations conduct cyber intelligence activities, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is sponsoring a survey seeking responses from these entities what will be compiled into a study.

The survey and study are being done by the Emerging Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI), which is a Defense Department federally funded research and development center.

“As an intellectual discipline, cyber intelligence is still in its relative infancy, which makes it especially important to identify and share best practices,” Jim Richberg, national intelligence manager for cyber within the ODNI, said in a statement. “The insight we gain from this study will improve our ability to produce and share actionable cyber intelligence in both government and the private sector.”

The study will be done by the Pittsburgh-based SEI and be completed in early 2019. The online Cyber Intelligence Tradecraft Survey is aimed at the federal government, industry and academia and takes about 15 minutes to complete, the SEI said.

Survey questions are based on five key areas: environmental context, data gathering, functional analysis, strategic analysis, and decision-maker reporting and feedback.