Dell Technologies research found that 91% of Indian are prepared for long-term WFH but face challenges like not having access to the right tech, blurring of boundaries between work and personal lives. The survey is based on the interview of 7,000 professionals aged + 18 yrs in the APJ region (1,027 were from India). The most in-demand tech that employees want are productivity tools, remote access to internal company resources and cloud tech.
Druva, a cloud data protection and management firm, is planning to increase the workforce by 15-20% or 100 at its Pune facility, as it expects growth in demand for cloud data protection technologies. The Pune based company has over 700 employees globally and about 500 people in the city. The firm, since country-wide lockdown, has successfully adopted a WFH model and has supported its local workforce with allowance, equipment, additional days off.
McAfee said it has witnessed an average of 419 new threats per minute as overall new malware samples grew by 11.5 % in the quarter ending October. Covid-19 prompted cybercriminals to change cybercrime campaigns to pandemic themes and exploit the weaknesses of WFH, said the “McAfee Threats Report: Nov 2020.” The report went on and said that Q2 saw a 605% increase in Covid-19-related attack compared to Q1.
Wipro, in an email sent to employees in India and the US, has asked them to WFH till January 18, 2021. The decision was taken as COVID-19 pandemic remains unabated in these two countries. Wipro’s over 90% of 185,000 employees are based out in India and the US. The Bengaluru-based IT services provider said that guidelines for those who need to go to the office, around 2% of the total workforce, remain unchanged.
Microsoft’s revenue rose 12% to $37.2 bn in the quarter ended Sept 30, beating analysts’ estimates of $35.72 bn. Net income rose to $13.89 bn from $10.68 bn a year earlier. It was benefited from the global shift to WFH and online learning. Besides the surge of cloud computing, for MS the pandemic has accelerated demand for its Windows OS for laptops and Xbox gaming services as families work, learn and play indoors.
Over 75% of organisations in India witnessed 25% rise in cyber security threats during WFH shift of employees following the pandemic, a Cisco report said. The report went on to say that 65% of the participants upgraded cyber security to support remote working. “Cloud security is emerging as the top investment for 31% of the companies in reinventing their workplaces post COVID-19,” said Vishak Raman, Director, Security Business, Cisco India & SAARC.
Amazon told employees across that world that whose who can perform their duties by WFH can do so until June. “Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021”, an Amazon spokeswoman said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. World’s largest online retailer, earlier, had allowed WFH until January. Amazon’s more than 19,000 of its U.S. frontline workers contracted the coronavirus this year.