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June 6, 2008

Study: 1 in 5 businesses don't have a continuity plan

Despite the man-made and natural disasters that are a reality today, many businesses are not fully prepared to maintain their business operations in the event of an emergency, according to an annual AT&T Inc. study on business continuity and disaster recovery preparedness for U.S. businesses in the private sector.

According to the report, one in five businesses does not have a business continuity plan developed. Additionally, for the third year in a row, the national survey found that nearly 30 percent of U.S. businesses do not consider business continuity planning a priority.

For the seventh consecutive year, AT&T's Business Continuity Study surveyed IT executives from companies throughout the United States that have at least $25 million in annual revenue to get their views on disaster planning and business continuity trends. 

"Businesses of all sizes need to be vigilant about business continuity planning, especially in light of the fact that day-to-day demands of running a business are mounting," Bill Archer, chief marketing officer of AT&T Business, said in a statement. "However, a business continuity plan is not enough and in fact, not all companies have one in place. Organizations must regularly test and update their plans to reflect changes in their business so that, in the event of disaster or major security breach, they can be best-prepared to restore and maintain key processes and operations."  

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