Editor’s letter: Nothing lasts forever, not even the bad times

There has been a boost in working from afar on a global level as businesses shift to digital channels, and everyone is trying to make the best of a bad situation. This too shall pass, but is the world really prepared for what lies ahead?

Editor's Letter, Covid-19, Coronavirus, Remote working

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the world. Schools, offices, malls have closed indefinitely, most country borders have sealed, and production lines have halted. We are in desperate times, and desperate times call for desperate measures. Globally, business operations have been disrupted, regardless of industry or size, and everyone has been forced to observe social distancing to remain in the confines of their homes.

The need for remote collaboration tools is higher than ever, especially as on-premise employees have been asked to shift to remote work environments. But is the world ready to go remote?

The necessity to work remotely has resulted in a surge in the volume of internet traffic which has already hit record levels. This is putting increasing levels of pressure on private networks as people spend much more time using connected devices for work, entertainment and education. Additionally, phishing campaigns intended to steal credentials and spread malware are increasing.

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But this does not mean that businesses have come to a standstill. As the world fights this fast-spreading pandemic, businesses need to continue running in some form or the other.

A glimmer of hope started pouring in when several technology companies rose to the occasion, offering cost-free software, services and tools to enable business continuity and secure digital assets. Our cover story this month (p20) lists such initiatives, and we will keep updating this list online as more announcements pour in.

As technology providers and employers do their bit to enable flexibility and accessibility, we as consumers need to play our part as well. This means being vigilant about what we share, what links we click, and how we treat the company’s data and assets. Further, on the personal side, it is important to prioritise work, follow a schedule and stay connected to your team through video collaboration.

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