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Majority of organisations take proactive approach to security

Majority of organisations are adopting proactive approach to security by improving their business continuity and disaster recovery plans by incorporating adoption of wireless network capabilities, cloud services and mobile applications, a new report has found.

AT&T’s Business Continuity Study revealed that 63% of executives surveyed believed the looming threat of security breaches was the main security concern for 2013.

About 84% of executives were worried about the use of mobile networks and devices and its impact on security threats, while 88% recognised the rising significance of security and specified that their firms have adopted a proactive strategy.

64% of surveyed firms included their wireless network capabilities as part of their business continuity plan, while 87% were ready with a business continuity plan in case of a disaster or threat.

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The report also revealed that the rise in IT budgets is enabling the firms to increase the usage of cloud for business continuity plans to reduce the impact of potential threats and disasters.

About 76% of global firms have adopted cloud or plan to invest in cloud services during 2013, while 62% of the surveyed firms have already incorporated cloud services as part of their corporate infrastructure.

66% of firms have deployed or planning to use cloud services to boost their business continuity strategy and about 49% of firms plan to leverage on cloud computing for data storage for disaster recovery purposes, the report says.

AT&T Mobile, Cloud and Access Management Security AVP, Michael Singer, said firms today are very aware and concerned about the potential threats that could disrupt their operations.

"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," Singer said.

Further, three-fourths (78%) of firms revealed that their business continuity plan includes the possibility of a network security event, with seven out of ten (73%) implementing proactive or reactive measures to safeguard against distributed denial of services (DDos) attacks.

The survey also found that 52% have implemented proactive measures by detecting potential attacks with DDoS protection services.
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