In light of a range of factors such as weather-related events, natural disasters and cyber-attacks, companies have placed added emphasis on preparedness to protect against business disruptions. In the Ensuring Continuity category, three areas ranked as top priorities. "Business continuity management and disaster recovery program testing;" "developing and maintaining IT disaster recovery plans;" and "ensuring business alignment" all ranked highest in the category with ratings of 6.2.CIOs and IT professionals completing Protiviti's survey indicated that there will be greater priority placed on strategic integration into the broader enterprise. In the Defining IT Governance and Strategy category, issues including "key performance indicators (KPIs) and monitoring IT costs and benefits," as well as "integration/alignment of IT planning and business strategy" ranked among the highest priorities with a 6.5 rating. About the SurveyProtiviti's 2014 IT Priorities Survey was fielded within the last 90 days globally with the majority of respondents from North America. More than half of the participants work in publicly traded companies and represent virtually all industry sectors, with others working across a variety of private, government and not-for-profit organizations. Survey Resources Available: Report, Webinar, Infographic, Benchmarking ToolProtiviti's 2014 IT Priorities Survey report and an infographic of survey highlights, along with a short video, are available for complimentary download at www.protiviti.com/ITpriorities. Additionally, a podcast featuring Underwood discussing the survey results is also available on the Protiviti website at www.protiviti.com/podcasts. On April 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. PDT, Protiviti will host a free webinar to explore the survey results and their implications for IT leaders. Protiviti's Kurt Underwood will be joined by Protiviti Managing Directors from the firm's IT Consulting practice: Cal Slemp, Jeff Sanchez and Mike Schultz. To register for the one-hour webinar, visit www.protiviti.com/webinars. Additionally, Protiviti is offering a free online benchmarking tool to enable IT professionals to compare their organization's IT capabilities and priorities to the survey findings, available at www.protiviti.com/ITpriorities. Users can submit their own responses to questions from the survey about their technical knowledge, management of IT and organizational capabilities, and then download their results in a personalized report showing how they compare to the companies in Protiviti's survey. About ProtivitiProtiviti ( www.protiviti.com) is a global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit, and has served more than 35 percent of FORTUNE 1000 ® and FORTUNE Global 500 ® companies. Protiviti and its independently owned Member Firms serve clients through a network of more than 70 locations in over 20 countries. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies, including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies. Protiviti is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Half (NYSE: RHI). Founded in 1948, Robert Half is a member of the S&P 500 index. Protiviti is not licensed or registered as a public accounting firm and does not issue opinions on financial statements or offer attestation services.