IT Pro Asks: What if the Carrington Event happened today?

Welcome to the latest series of 2-minute IT Pro videos

Welcome to IT Pro Asks, a new series of monthly videos where we answer some of the biggest topics troubling IT professionals nowadays, plus some more philosophical IT-related topics.

This month, we ask what would happen if the Carrington Event happened today? A coronal mass ejection from the Sun that hit the earth in 1859 caused the largest geomagnetic storm on record, with subsequent auroras stretching as far as the equator.

Even though we have better surge protection in place today, global blackouts would be almost guaranteed. But just how bad would things get for a 21st-century Earth?

Next month, we're tackling a much more immediate problem: Should remote workers be paid less than their in-office counterparts?

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