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Top 10 ASEAN IT stories of 2020

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 ASEAN IT stories of 2020

The booming digital economies of Southeast Asia showed much resilience in 2020, from tapping open source, data analytics and DevOps, to fending off cyber criminals who came knocking on their doors, all in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic.

Over the year, Computer Weekly looked at how the region is embracing technology to become more nimble, resilient and secure, paving the way for a post-pandemic recovery.

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 ASEAN IT stories of 2020:

1. Interpol uncovers cyber crime operation in Indonesia

An Interpol-coordinated cyber operation leads to the arrest of three people in Indonesia who allegedly used a JavaScript-sniffer malware to steal payment card details of online shoppers.

2. Singapore government to open source contact-tracing protocol

Singapore’s Government Technology Agency is contributing the source codes of the BlueTrace protocol that powers its contact-tracing app.

3. 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.

4. Malaysian minister backtracks on spectrum allocation decision

Amid reports of a surreptitious decision to allocate spectrum to five Malaysian operators, the communications minister rescinds his own order, calling for a more transparent review of the allocation process.

5. Why GovTech is building its own robotics stack

Singapore’s Government Technology Agency has developed a robotics technology stack that will power robots using capabilities from commercial suppliers and the open source community.

6. How Bank Mandiri is driving the use of big data analytics

Indonesia’s largest bank has built a big data platform to track transactions and monitor the health of its workforce, among other big data analytics initiatives.

7. Inside VMware’s Kubernetes playbook

Kubernetes co-creator Joe Beda talks up the evolution of the container orchestration platform and efforts by VMware to help enterprises get the most out of the technology.

8. How Tokopedia is streamlining incident management

Indonesian e-commerce giant Tokopedia has improved incident management and developer productivity using a cloud-based incident management tool.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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