More than 60 percent of IT departments did not have formal plans and procedures in place to deal with the blackout, according to a recent survey of U.S. companies conducted by Info-Tech Research Group, a technology research firm. Although more than 76 percent of companies surveyed said that the blackout had an impact on their organization, most of them admitted that they were not sufficiently prepared.

"I think that this blackout demonstrated that most IT departments, especially those in midsize companies, are still flying by the seat of their pants," said Jason Livingstone, Aaalyst at Info-Tech Research Group. "Disaster recovery planning is simply not on their list of priorities."

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