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AT&T: Businesses Get Proactive With IT Security

By Craig Galbraith
June 11, 2013 - News
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Devastating storms like Superstorm Sandy and the recent Oklahoma tornadoes are spurring on IT execs and their businesses to grow and advance their business continuity and disaster recovery plans to incorporate the adoption of wireless network capabilities, cloud services and mobile applications.

That's the finding of a new survey from AT&T, which also revealed that nearly two-thirds of IT execs cite the looming threat of security breaches as their most important security concern for 2013. Eighty-four percent said they're concerned about the use of mobile networks and devices and its impact on security threats.

Among the study's other noteworthy results:

  • Eighty-eight 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.
  • Eighty-seven 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).

"Companies today are very aware and concerned about the potential threats that could disrupt their operations," said Michael Singer, AVP, 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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