Less than one-third of U.S. executives are confident in their security posture, and only about 25 percent feel that internal communications about security metrics to senior management is effective, according to recent survey results from Raytheon and Websense. Moreover, nearly 90 percent of the organizations represented suffered at least "one breach with a loss or compromise of data" in the past year, the study found.

Nearly 70 percent of organizations provide security reports to management at least monthly, with 31 percent doing so weekly and 16 percent daily, according to the survey of 100 security executives (figures exceed 100 percent since some organizations have multiple report approaches.) However, those reports might be focused on misleading security metrics, Raytheon asserted.

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