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Business Continuity trends and challenges 2017

During the final quarter of 2016, Continuity Central conducted an online survey asking business continuity professionals about their expectations for 2017. This article provides the results of the survey. One surprise from the survey is a significant increase in the number of organizations that will be increasing their spending on Business Continuity in 2017.


171 survey responses were received, with the majority (79.5%) being from large organizations (companies with more than 250 employees). The highest percentage of respondents was from the UK (36%), followed by the United States (32%). Significant numbers of responses were also received from continental Europe (9%), Canada (6.5%) and Australia (4%).

Change levels

The survey asked respondents: ”What level of changes do you expect to see in the way your organization manages business continuity during 2017?”

19 percent of respondents expect to see no change in the way their organization manages business continuity. 45 %expect to see small changes, whilst more than a third (36%) are anticipating large changes.


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