Video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Cisco, Google and Microsoft have helped enable remote work — but they also present security challenges. An international consortium reviewed the state of video teleconferencing platforms and how cybersecurity leaders can ensure their safety.
The new realities of communicating in the remote work environment have led to a whole new set of challenges. Initiatives related to protecting users on virtual meeting tools should be at the forefront of every government’s cybersecurity agenda.
Videoconferencing has been around for a surprisingly long time. In fact, the first call involving both audio and video links has been traced all the way back to 1927 in a call that took place between officials in Washington, DC and the president of AT&T in New York. Although it was laughably primitive by current standards, electronic conferencing technology has never stopped growing in either refinement or use.
Video conferencing platforms have become an essential communication tool over the past year. In addition to increasing team collaboration, video conferencing can help prevent miscommunication among teams, increase engagement, and allow for face-to-face communication to help build relationships among teams, particularly for remote teams. Though the benefits are many, there are growing concerns about the security shortcomings of video conferencing, according to George Waller, EVP and Co-Founder of StrikeForce Technologies. To get more insight on this topic, we spoke to Waller about key challenges with securing video conferencing platforms, as well as why these services are so susceptible to hacking.