Study: IT Taps Mobile to Fend Against the Unpredictable

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 6:14am
Andrew Berg

With natural disasters on the rise and security threats around every corner, businesses are increasingly turning to mobile solutions to keep operations running smoothly, according to the results of AT&T’s 2012 Business Continuity study.

AT&T found that cloud deployments, reliable wireless networks, mobile apps and security were all essential components for a majority of businesses as they prepare for the unpredictable.

The study, which is based on an online survey of 504 Information Technology (IT) executives in five U.S. metropolitan areas – Austin/San Antonio/Houston, Los Angeles/Orange County, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Tampa/Orlando, Ohio and New York City – found 60 percent of respondents planned to invest in mobile security services, with 69 percent indicating potential security breaches as the most pressing concern.

Fully 86 percent of those businesses surveyed already have a business continuity plan in place in the event of a disaster or threat. That's up over 8 percent in the past five years.

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.

Fully 67 percent of executives surveyed have included wireless network capabilities as part of their business continuity plans, while 52 percent will be investing in new telecom technologies to support their IT infrastructures.

In light of what seems a never-ending stream of natural disasters, roughly two-thirds, or 63 percent, of companies have had their business continuity plans fully tested in the past year. Seven out of ten companies implement specific protective actions when the state or federal government issues an alert for an impending disaster, and 87 percent of companies have implemented the necessary arrangements for communicating with key executives during a natural disaster.

Chris Costello, assistant vice president of Management and Cloud Services, says AT&T has seen a rise in demand for its mobile offerings that help companies stay safe and running smoothly in the event of an emergency.

"We’ve seen a strong emphasis on IT security and continued growth in areas of cloud and mobile applications," Costello said, "implying that companies are embracing the tools and services needed to continue operational activities despite potential threats and disasters.”

You can check out the complete Business Continuity study at AT&T's website here:


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