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In the post-COVID-19 world, the term “new normal” has come to encompass many things: social distancing, facial covering, and remote working. The latter is a hot topic for discussion in news media and within organizations. It is not merely because it is necessary in these challenging times, but because it is a viable way of working that is broader and deeper than most organizations realize. Remote working has been a hot topic a decade before the onslaught of COVID-19, and many organizations have already adopted or at least considered the benefits of leveraging a remote workforce. A critical starting point for many organizations in the road toward remote working is a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), a solution that simplifies how to extend secure network access to employees beyond an organization’s physical walls.

Wherever you go these days, people are talking up the amazing new opportunities 5G will afford us. With lower latency, higher capacities, and increased bandwidth, the impact of 5G networks are far and wide, and truly revolutionary. For system integrators and solution providers alike, the 5G revolution poses an opportunity of a different kind, something that was unthinkable just a few years ago during the 4G era. That is the emergence of a new paradigm, the Open Ran (Open Radio Access Network).

Moving towards a more connected ecosystem made feasible by 5G Wireless technology, the new data generation is now looking at new challenges as well as lucrative opportunities.

The industrial sector is of tremendous and strategic importance of a country’s development. With the Internet of Things, the modern industry has been revolutionized and turned into a new chapter by connecting billions of sensors and devices required to operate an integrated ecosystem. That is, informational technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems all together brought automation and interconnectivity into the existing facilities. Among them, the Critical Infrastructures automate the manufacturing of the products or services that contribute to our normal life-clean water we drink, stable energy to power our homes, emergency services that save our lives, smooth traffic flow, oil or gas. It is imaginable that any attack on any part of the critical infrastructure could impact almost every person. Over recent decades, the worldwide embrace of Industry 4.0 has boosted the facilities’ efficiency, yet regardless of their sophisticated infrastructure, how many are well-prepared for cyber-attacks that come along with this advancement?

As the world is changing, the workforce has begun shifting to distributed locations. This teleworking model, ultimately, has accelerated the need to adopt multi-cloud platforms and services, which already caused security concerns to arise and compelled the companies and IT professionals to rethink their security approach.

It is well established that cloud adoption has become the new norm for enterprises across industries, a sine qua non of future business continuity. However, not until the recent Covid-19 crisis shook the planet did cloud computing really come into its own. Thanks to remote technologies, millions of companies around the world continue to operate during isolation with their workforce staying connected from home. Yet there is more to it — as the remote revolution remains shifting people to their home bases, companies come to realize the benefits and possibility of getting rid of their pricy real estate. Also, weaknesses and vulnerabilities of centralized computing networks have been exposed, expediting the acquisition of more remote technologies to facilitate remote working. Hence the new way businesses are going to conduct themselves has taken shape — cloud-based edge computing.

Ahead of its commercial operation launch earlier in 2020, 5G trial operations had been on the road. The global industry leaders in telecommunications, automotive, or robotics are striving to make this reality happen. In Taiwan alone, a total of nine POC (proof of concept) are in the trial phase, covering traditional manufacturing, hi-tech, medical service, government and retail industries. Back in 2018, a Taiwan-based telecommunication company already embarked on building Taiwan's first 5G-enabled pilot smart manufacturing plant to demonstrate 5G applications for wireless productivity and quality monitoring on the assembly line.