Media Kit: 2009 AT&T Business Continuity Study

Summary of Survey

For the eighth consecutive year we surveyed IT executives from U.S. businesses in the private sector with $25 million or more in revenue to get their views on disaster planning and business continuity trends.

We found that booming social networking and mobility trends are presenting new challenges to network security, disaster planning and business continuity programs. The good news: businesses are stepping up their technology investment and efforts to meet these challenges despite the economy; and mobile devices are increasingly part of business continuity plans.

National Study Results

2009 AT&T Business Continuity Study Key Findings:

  • 2009 IT Spending Trends and Investment in New Technologies. Two-thirds (65 percent) of all executives indicate that their companies will be investing in software, storage and security upgrades in 2009. Forty percent of executives surveyed indicated that their IT budgets are expected to be lower this year than in the previous two years, while nearly one-fourth (24 percent) indicated that budgets will be higher. Interestingly, companies with business continuity plans in place are significantly more likely than those without plans to anticipate budget increases (32 percent compared to 11 percent).
  • Business Continuity Planning Trends. One-third of companies surveyed have used their current business continuity plan, most due to extreme weather (25 percent) or power outages at facilities (19 percent). Nearly 74 percent of businesses surveyed set target recovery times for their key business processes (compared with 67 percent in 2008), an indication that businesses understand that plans needs to identify expectations for recovery, should the plan be invoked. Additionally, one-third of the respondents require suppliers and other vendors to have a business continuity plan in place in order to do business with their company.
  • Mobility Concerns Emerge. Sixty-seven percent of executives indicate that wireless network capabilities are part of their business continuity plan. Furthermore, nearly half (46 percent) stated that mobile devices play a major role in their plan's considerations.
  • Social Networking Heightens Security Threats. Three out of four executives surveyed are concerned about the increased use of social networking capabilities' potential impact on network security. Forty-four percent allow employees access to such social networking sites. However, hacking still continues to be listed as the biggest security risk to companies (30 percent compared with 3 percent for social networking).

U.S. Survey Results

AT&T Business Continuity Study Results Annual Comparisons

Local Survey Markets

The 2009 Business Continuity Study is based on an online survey of 502 Information Technology (IT) executives in five U.S. metropolitan/regional areas:




Southern California

Baltimore/Washington, D.C.

Previous Study Results

Over the past eight years, we've surveyed IT executives from companies nationwide to get their views on disaster planning and business continuity trends.

2008 Business Continuity Study

View the results of our 2008 Business Continuity Study

2007 Business Continuity Study

View the results of our 2007 Business Continuity Study