Survey Shows Shift in Disaster Planning Priority

Paul Mah

CIOs and IT managers worth their salt are no doubt aware of the importance of planning for business continuity and regularly backing up business data. However, the exact nature of threats that SMBs are working to protect themselves against is likely to vary by organization.


As small and mid-sized companies are forced to employ differing hardware and strategies that are in line with their business priorities, it is often difficult to get a good picture of the current trend based on deployed solutions alone.


By polling 400 corporate executives and business continuity professionals nationwide, though, a recent study sponsored by Honeywell and Varolii Corp. attempts to shed some light on the aspects of business continuity on which your peers could be focusing. The report is titled "2009-2010, Preparedness, Security and Crisis Communications Survey," and is pertinent to SMBs, as they represent the majority (52 percent) who participated.


Below are key findings:


  • The number of people involved in disaster preparedness is relatively unchanged or growing when compared with 2008 figures. However, executive involvement in both planning and execution has risen significantly.
  • An overwhelming number of respondents now say their critical communications plans target all employees. Similar surveys in earlier years tended to focus only on executives or first respondents.
  • Pandemics were ranked the top threat to organizations last year, no doubt due to lessons learned as a direct result of the swine flu pandemic. In fact, more than 55 percent ranked it either a "serious" or "extreme" threat to their business.
  • Probably not surprisingly, the threat posed by pandemics is closely followed by the threat of natural disaster.

You can access the full report in our Knowledge Network.


What are the key areas that motivate your small and mid-sized business in practice disaster planning? I would love to hear from you.

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