Most companies are not prepared for terrorist attacks or natural disasters and would be unable to quickly and smoothly execute basic business continuity measures, Gartner Inc. and the Society for Information Management have found in a survey.

Only 13 percent of companies report they are "mostly" prepared for major loss of life, 28 percent have business continuity plans for addressing physical attacks and 38 percent are prepared for loss of transportation infrastructure. Only 36 percent have a plan for complete loss of physical assets and workspace.

The most preparation was reported in information technology areas such as power outages, which 88 percent of firms are prepared to deal with, and failures of a single server, host, application, software or network, which more than 70 percent of companies were ready to handle.

The survey was conducted by Stamford, Conn.- based Gartner in November and measured business continuity readiness of 230 organizations around the world.

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