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Protecting your VTC meetings from cyberattacks

No doubt if you are still working, you have been involved in some sort of teleconferences, either through Microsoft Teams or using the Zoom platform. That means you also may hav…

No doubt if you are still working, you have been involved in some sort of teleconferences, either through Microsoft Teams or using the Zoom platform.

That means you also may have recently heard a new term – Zoombombing – referring to the video-teleconferencing hijacking on the Zoom VTC Platform.

Hackers have been reported as having entered everything from classroom meetings to high-level government conferences.

While Zoom said it has taken steps to address security concerns, it is important to remain educated on preventing further issues.

The FBI has released some guidelines to help protect against cyberattacks while using teleconference systems.

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
  • Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
  • Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January, Zoom updated its software. In the security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
  • Lastly, ensure that your organization’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

Report any video teleconferencing hackings to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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