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Businesses Consider Mobile Security Services & Cloud A Top Priority For Disaster Planning: AT&T Study

DALLAS May 23, 2012 business continuity and disaster recovery plans


  • 83 percent of executives indicated that the planning and implementation of a business continuity plan as being a priority for their businesses and organizations – a 12% increase over last year’s national survey.
  • Six out of ten (60%) invest in mobile security services with the majority (69%) indicating potential security breaches as the most pressing concern.
  • cloud computing mobile applications
  • 86 percent already have a business continuity plan in place in the event of a disaster or threat – up 8% over the past five years.

the United States $25 million

2012 AT&T Business Continuity Study Key Findings

The complexities of maintaining mobility and wireless capabilities during the event of a disaster or security threat has become an increasing aspect of importance for businesses as they consider business continuity planning.

  • 67 percent (two-thirds) of executives surveyed have included wireless network capabilities as part of their business continuity plans.
  • 52 percent of IT executives surveyed anticipated the spending for mobile security services to increase.
  • Cloud computing is becoming a critical element of Business Continuity plans based on security, performance and cost savings benefits.

Most companies (65%) will be investing in new telecommunications technologies to support their IT infrastructures.

The prevalence of social networking capabilities and mobile networks/devices in the workplace remain a concern for IT executives as they look to minimize the impact of security threats .

  • The majority of executives (87%) have become more concerned about the increased use and potential threats of mobile networks and devices than social networking capabilities (76%).
  • 88 percent of companies surveyed have taken a proactive approach to securing their IT infrastructure.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of IT executives indicate that their business continuity plan accommodates the possibility of a "virtual event" such as a potential security breach.

With business continuity plans in place, businesses and organizations are testing and preparing themselves for potential IT threats and disasters.

  • Roughly two-thirds (63%) of companies have had their business continuity plans fully tested in the past year.
  • Seven out of ten (71%) companies implement specific protective actions when the state or federal government issues an alert for an impending disaster.
  • 87 percent of companies have implemented the necessary arrangements for communicating with key executives during a natural disaster.

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Study Methodology

Austin San Antonio Houston Los Angeles Orange County Miami Ft. Lauderdale Tampa Orlando, Ohio $25 million between February 10 and April 23, 2012

All survey respondents have primary responsibility for business continuity planning.  Sixty-three percent (63%) represent companies with locations outside of the U.S.

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