5G is accelerating opportunities for enterprises and mobile network operators (MNOs) alike to innovate and transform their IT infrastructure, applications, communications, and user experience. A multitude of industrial applications are also being enabled by 5G, including highly precise vehicle and package tracking, autonomous vehicle communications, low-latency connectivity for near-real-time applications such as process automation, high densities of wireless actuators and sensors in production environments, and multiple safety and health applications.

Operational technology (OT) is the cyber physical foundation that enables the world’s factories, energy production and transmission facilities, transportation networks, and utilities to function. To boost operational efficiency and profitability, many OT companies have been integrating OT infrastructure and thereby indirectly connecting supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems with IT networks to manage actionable data across a formerly air-gapped framework. However, the improved agility and efficiency derived from digitally connected OT-IT networks comes with increased cybersecurity risk.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. After a surge in remote working and with employees accessing organisational networks in ways that aren’t always perfectly secured, cybercrime has spiked over the past few months as malicious parties have taken advantage of the sudden move to life in lockdown. Opportunistic hackers have found a particularly tender target to focus on: hospitals and healthcare providers.

The rapid and global business response to COVID-19 served to underscore the need for business continuity plans that include flexible, anywhere, anytime, secure remote access to any information, using any application on any device, and from any location - and at scale. But this wasn’t some radical departure from the direction business was already headed. It simply accelerated our transition to a more fluid, digital world.

Quarkus is driving Java-based applications and services into the future. More specifically, the Quarkus framework is helping to drive Java-coded assets into a future that is positively populated with the computing advantages that come from the use of serverless, cloud and Kubernetes environments.