Most execs fear computer systems too vulnerable

About 60 percent of business executives think their companies can do much more to protect their computer systems from such potential disasters as terrorist attacks and earthquakes, according to a recent survey by a computer data protection firm.

The survey by the Japanese unit of Veritas Software Corp. of the U.S. found that 61 percent of executives say Japan is behind in disaster countermeasures against system failures and data losses. None of those surveyed said Japan is very advanced in these areas.

Some 76 percent said they have no idea what kind of damage a halt to their computer systems would cause.

Fifty-seven percent of the executives said their companies have no manuals on system recovery.