AT&T study says businesses are being proactive about security, disaster recovery

AT&T's (NYSE: T) latest business continuity study revealed that more business customers have developed a disaster recovery and business continuity plan that incorporates a mix of cloud and wireless services.

Driven by a number of recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, AT&T said that 87 percent of executives indicated their organizations have a business continuity plan in place in case of a disaster or threat, up from 86 percent in 2012.

To maintain uptime, businesses are incorporating a mix of both cloud and wireless services into their disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of companies include wireless network capabilities as part of their business continuity plan.

However, the adoption of cloud services rose the fastest over the past year. Three-fourths, or 76 percent of companies, said they are either already using cloud services or plan to invest in cloud services in 2013. Today, about 62 percent already include cloud services as part of their corporate infrastructure.

In addition to having a disaster recovery plan in place, the other element that businesses were concerned about was network security.

Over 63 percent of the executives it surveyed said that security breaches were their most important security concern this year. What's also making the security threats even more relevant is the growing BYOD (bring your own device) trend. The study revealed that 84 percent of executives are concerned about the use of mobile networks and devices and its impact on security threats.

"Companies today are very aware and concerned about the potential threats that could disrupt their operations," said Michael Singer, AVP of mobile, cloud and access management security at AT&T. "With their business continuity plans in place, businesses are investing in new technologies like network enabled cloud services to help strengthen and expand their overall continuity strategies."

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