Essential Guide

Essential Guide: How APAC firms can ride out the pandemic


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


APAC remains hotbed for digital transformation

Nearly half of organisations in the Asia-Pacific region see digital transformation as their top priority, followed by cloud infrastructure deployment and artificial intelligence, survey finds Continue Reading


How DBS is reaping the dividends of digital transformation

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


Inside Juniper’s radical IT transformation

Western Australia’s aged care provider Juniper embarked on an aggressive strategy to completely transform its IT operations in just two years Continue Reading


Why Malaysia’s AmBank is embracing open source and DevOps

AmBank Group is tapping open source, DevOps and data science to improve customer service and develop bespoke services for a broader market Continue Reading


NUHS taps RPA in Covid-19 swab tests

Singapore’s National University Health System deploys RPA bots to automate patient registration during Covid-19 swab tests as part of broader efforts to improve efficiency Continue Reading

2Business continuity-

Business continuity comes under spotlight

The pandemic has exposed gaping holes in the business continuity plans of organisations across the region


Why a pandemic-specific BCP matters

Many organisations still do not have scenario-specific business continuity plans, which are helpful when the situation requires a customised response, such as a pandemic, according to Forrester Continue Reading


Malaysia’s business continuity planning readiness a mixed bag

Larger Malaysian enterprises have BCP in place, but SMEs lag behind and will find it harder to weather the Covid-19 storm Continue Reading


How APAC firms are coping with the Covid-19 outbreak

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


What it takes for APAC firms to ride out the pandemic

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

3Cloud adoption-

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


How Globe Telecom is doubling down on cloud

The largest mobile operator in the Philippines has moved its legacy systems to the cloud and there is more to come as it looks towards deploying cloud radio access networks and cloud-native applications Continue Reading


How AWS is supporting Asia’s battle with Covid-19

Public sector organisations and startups across the region have been tapping AWS cloud services to speed up and enable a range of pandemic-related initiatives Continue Reading


Singapore tops cloud adoption in ASEAN

Nearly nine in 10 organisations in Singapore are using cloud services, but cost and security concerns remain Continue Reading


China’s cloud infrastructure spending hits record growth

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

4Cyber security-

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


Security Think Tank: A guide to security best practice for pandemics

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


How Standard Chartered approaches cyber security

Bank uses security-by-design principles and conducts red-teaming exercises among other measures to fend off cyber breaches Continue Reading


Ransomware, supply chain attacks show no sign of abating

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


MAS offers guidance on mitigating supply chain threats

Monetary Authority of Singapore revises its technology risk management guidelines to help the financial sector guard against supply chain attacks Continue Reading


Coronavirus shines spotlight on cyber security

Programme committee chair of this year's RSA Conference Asia-Pacific and Japan talks up the challenges that IT security professionals in APAC are facing to mitigate security risks amid the Covid-19 pandemic 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


Coronavirus: How to implement safe and secure remote working

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 employees want more support for remote working

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 dials into Southeast Asia with Singapore datacentre

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

Blog Post

Securing Australia’s distributed workforce

This is a guest post by Tom Kellermann, head of cyber security strategy at VMware Carbon Black 2020 has been a year like no other. The global pandemic has quickly changed work and business as we ... Continue Reading

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