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AT&T releases results from its 2013 Business Continuity Study

For 12 consecutive years AT&T has conducted an annual study into the state of business continuity in the United States. This year’s survey results have now been published.

The 2013 AT&T Business Continuity Study found that:

  • 87 percent of executives indicate their organizations have a business continuity plan in place in case of a disaster or threat – a slight uptick from last year (86 percent).
  • Information security threats have moved up the business continuity agenda. More than half of executives surveyed (63 percent) cite the threat of security breaches as their most important security concern for 2013. 88 percent of those surveyed understand the increasing importance of security and indicate that their companies have a proactive strategy in place.
  • Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of companies include their wireless network capabilities as part of their business continuity plan.
  • With the increase in IT budgets, companies are increasingly utilizing the cloud for their business continuity plans to help minimize the impact of potential threats and disasters. Three-quarters (76 percent) of companies are using cloud or plan to invest in cloud services in 2013. Of those surveyed, 62 percent already include cloud services as part of their corporate infrastructure – up 11 percentage points from the previous year. 66 percent (two-thirds) of companies are using or considering using cloud services to augment their business continuity strategy. For disaster recovery purposes, a plurality of companies plan on leveraging cloud computing for data storage (49 percent).

Study methodology
The 2013 AT&T Business Continuity Study was conducted by Research Now and is based on the results of a national sample of 500 online surveys among IT executives in companies with over $25 million in annual revenue. Surveys were obtained between April 30 and May 5, 2013.

All participating executives had primary responsibility for business continuity planning.

•Date: 11th June 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

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