(Bloomberg) -- A majority of senior federal cyber officials responding to a survey said they don’t think the U.S. government can detect cyber attacks while they’re under way.

Cybersecurity officials from the Defense Department, intelligence agencies and federal civilian agencies were questioned in the survey released Thursday by the nonprofit International Information System Security Certification Consortium Inc. and KPMG LLP. The organizations said the 54 executives who responded identified themselves as "federal senior managers or contractors with cybersecurity responsibility in government."

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