KJR CTO, Mark Pedersen joined Tom Worthington, Former ACS President and computer science lecturer, along with James Eling from Extreme Networks, in conversation with Casey Tonkin from Information Age on COVID-19 and what this means for how businesses will operate throughout 2020.
This is an excerpt of an original article published in Information Age on 3rd March 2020. Read the full piece here.
Will coronavirus make you work from home?
Since the coronavirus first spread from the province of Wuhan, cities in China have been in lockdown sending workplaces online in a bid to keep operations as normal as possible during what has now become a world health crisis.
State newspaper China Daily reported early last month that more than half of workers in Beijing – a city with a population of more than 20 million people – started working from home once business returned after an extended Lunar New Year break.
Time magazine was quick to dub it “the world’s largest work-from-home experiment” as employees began setting up home offices to schedule meetings, answer emails, and collaborate on projects.
No cities or workplaces have yet been locked in Australia where only 30 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, but fear of the virus has already caused behavioural changes.
If the virus, or fear of catching it, does keep Australian workers at home, then IT departments will need to be flexible in how they manage the changing conditions.
Dr Mark Pedersen, CTO at technology consultancy firm KJR, said IT departments need to be aware of the cybersecurity impact new services can have on a business.
“From a cyber security perspective, we’re working to ensure all clients have the proper measures in place to verify and authenticate employee credentials and login attempts from home,” Pedersen said.
“Application and network assurance is also a priority, as organisations are rushing to ensure applications are stable and function with minimal latency when employees are all logging in from home.”
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