In an industry obsessed with disruption, suddenly, everything has been turned on its head.\n\nReimagining processes and software and infrastructure to satisfy some McKinsey-driven mandate has screeched to a halt. Instead, nearly every tech company \u2014 and almost every business \u2014 is desperately determining how to use its arsenal of technology to combat the stunningly severe disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.\n\nStuck in our home offices, IDG tech journalists are doing the same thing most of the rest of the developed world is doing: teleconferencing, leaning into our collaboration tools, furiously tapping our smartphones, and firing up videoconferencing software like never before. Everyone seems to have realized simultaneously that these communication tools are now our lifelines. The new normal is arriving quicker than anyone could have imagined.\n\nOn a personal level, social networking has become indispensable, as we keep track of friends and loved ones, share recommendations, trade anecdotes, and identify people in need. At the same time, we're seeing the inevitable rise of disinformation, scams, and phishing attacks. Already, the world has witnessed the destructive power of bad information wreak havoc.\n\nIDG's five enterprise brands\u00a0\u2014 CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World\u00a0\u2014 are committed to providing technology and business professionals with actionable, accurate content in this time of need. This IDG Special Report is the first in a series dedicated to delivering guidance and support. We hope these stories assist you and your colleagues, partners, and customers as we face extraordinary challenges together.\n\nBattling business disruption with technology\n\nCIO Senior Writer Clint Boulton has it right: If there was ever a time to tighten your business continuity plan, this is it. His \u201cBusiness continuity: Coronavirus crisis puts CIOs' plans to the test\u201d explores the extensive prep of two forward-looking companies, AvidXchange and Snow Software, both of which have wedded mature work-from-home policies and procedures to business continuity. That planning is paying off in real-time as these companies confront COVID-19. If your time is limited, jump to the conclusion for some quick advice on communications and risk management.\n\nWondering how the massive shift to\u00a0work-from-home affects remote-access networks? Network World's Michael Cooney dives deep into that topic in \u201cCoronavirus challenges remote networking.\u201d He zeroes in on a crucial bottleneck: the enterprise VPN. One issue is simply capacity; VPN gateways may simply not be able to accommodate so many users connecting at once. A different problem is the security and reliability of residential internet-access services and home networking environments. The good news is that, so far, ISPs have not seen a rise in performance problems, although chokepoints at cloud service providers may emerge soon.\n\nIn our new\u00a0work-from-home reality, security quickly becomes top of mind. \u201cA security guide for pandemic planning: 7 key steps\u201d by CSO Contributing Writer Bob Violino addresses the vital points to consider. Ponder the sober advice offered by Nitin Natarajan, principal at a domestic preparedness advisory firm: \u201cAssess risks and vulnerabilities to physical and cyber systems from a reduction in staff, both internally and among key organizational interdependences.\u201d And, above all, ensure your response to the pandemic is coordinated among all groups involved: cybersecurity pros, emergency management staff, and risk communications teams.\n\nSeveral useful articles serve those working at home. Barbara Krasnoff\u2019s \u201c10 tips to set up your home office for videoconferencing\u201d provides great pointers for those of us less accustomed to being in front of the camera (I still haven't gotten the lighting right). Computerworld contributor\u00a0Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, who has managed to avoid working in an office for the past 30 years, brings us \u201cHow to survive and thrive while working from home.\u201d And finally, in \u201cWTH? OSS knows how to WFH IRL,\u201d InfoWorld contributor Matt Asay reminds us that open source developers, led by legions of contributors to the Linux kernel, successfully pioneered remote collaboration long before anyone else. We can learn from their exeperience.\n\nThe way we work and interact with each other is about to change forever.