Even as cities across Asia-Pacific battle with a new wave of Covid-19 infections in recent months, it is worth noting that the region is now in a better position than it was a year ago to cope with the enduring pandemic.
Remote and hybrid work has become more or less the norm for jobs that support it, while investments in digital transformation have grown by leaps and bounds over the past year.
While threat actors are still working hard to exploit security gaps that have been exposed as embattled businesses rush to digitise, there is also greater adoption of good cyber security practices, driven in part by public education and guidance from industry and governments.
In this Essential Guide, we examine the impact of Covid-19 on Asia-Pacific businesses, how they have responded from a technology perspective and important lessons that can be learned as they ready themselves for the post-pandemic world.
1Digital transformation -
Accelerating digital transformation
The Asia-Pacific region remains a hotbed for digital transformation initiatives amid the economic uncertainty and ongoing coronavirus outbreak
At DBS Bank, the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated the value of technology and the investments it made over the past decade to modernise its technology stack Continue Reading
AmBank Group is tapping open source, DevOps and data science to improve customer service and develop bespoke services for a broader market Continue Reading
Business continuity comes under spotlight
The pandemic has exposed gaping holes in the business continuity plans of organisations across the region
Larger Malaysian enterprises have BCP in place, but SMEs lag behind and will find it harder to weather the Covid-19 storm Continue Reading
The air of change looms large in companies operating in the Asia-Pacific region, with some doing better than others in keeping the lights on amid the coronavirus pandemic Continue Reading
Whether businesses will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic will depend on how they leverage technology to innovate, create new business models and build digital trust Continue Reading
Cloudifying APAC's businesses
The acceleration of digital transformation across the region has increased the rate of cloud adoption as organisations embrace digital business models and new ways of working
Public cloud infrastructure spending in China grew a record 62% in the last quarter of 2020 due to rapid economic recovery and focus on digital transformation Continue Reading
Ensuing cyber threats
Security professionals are now calibrating their approaches to mitigate the security risks of a growing attack surface brought forth by remote work and growing digitisation of business processes
In our globalised world, high-profile events such as Covid-19 have huge business impacts, some of which may be felt by CISOs. What responsibilities do security professionals have in such circumstances? Continue Reading
Security experts at Black Hat Asia 2021 discuss the state of ransomware and supply chain attacks, two of the most common attack vectors that offer high returns for threat actors Continue Reading
Monetary Authority of Singapore revises its technology risk management guidelines to help the financial sector guard against supply chain attacks Continue Reading
5Remote work and collaboration-
Warming up to new ways of working
Organisations across the region are warming up to remote working and collaboration, but doing so in a safe and secure way remains a challenge
Find out what CIOs and CISOs need to know to enable their end-users to work remotely and stay secure during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, and learn how users can help themselves Continue Reading
Singapore workers faced challenges in accessing internal company resources, spotty connections and had to use their personal devices for business while working remotely Continue Reading
Zoom’s new Singapore datacentre is expected to shore up the performance of its conferencing tool and phone service in the city-state Continue Reading