Survey Shows Security Programs Missing Opportunity

August 23, 2007, Framingham, MA—The Security Executive Council (SEC) founded by CSO magazine (formerly the CSO Executive Council) announced today the results of its June/July International Security Research Database survey and the posting of the next set of survey questions online at Each survey's results will help expand and improve the SEC's International Security Research Database, a new tool with which security professionals can measure the business value of their security operations by comparing their organization to others across the globe.

The June/July survey provided interesting insights into the frequency of workplace violence incidents and methods of gathering and reporting security-related data to management. One particularly noteworthy finding: Only 31% of respondents overall gather security program data in order to create statistical reports to present to senior management. In contrast, 100% of Security Executive Council members who took the survey reported having such data-gathering programs in place.

This finding highlights the importance of the International Security Research Database. Measuring and demonstrating the value of security can enhance the influence of the security program within the organization, and the International Security Research Database can help security professionals accomplish this. The more input each survey receives, the stronger the benchmarking information the database will provide.

Those who take the survey will be entered into a drawing for a copy of the book Measures and Metrics in Corporate Security. Information about this title can be found here.

Click here to preview this month's new survey questions, or click here to go directly to this month's survey. All information is submitted in such a manner as to protect the privacy of each organization.

Respondents who take this month's survey and SEC members will receive free benchmark data via e-mail once the responses reach critical mass. For information about Security Executive Council membership, contact Elizabeth Lancaster-Carver at or 508-988-7844.

About the Security Executive Council
The Security Executive Council is an international professional membership organization for leading senior security executives spanning all industries, both the public and private sectors, and the globe. Its members seek innovative issue solutions and documentation of model core security programs. The council uses professional staff and a distinguished faculty of former CSOs and content experts to develop strategic services and products for the entire membership. Its vision is to deliver cost-effective solutions that are unavailable from any other source.

Kathleen Kotwica, PhD
VP Research and Product Development

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