There isn’t much we can say about the perils of video conferencing that hasn’t been said already in the past seven months. But, IT leaders mulling permanent remote workforces should pay heed to video conferencing security and lay the groundwork to ensure corporate data and intellectual property (IP) stays secure when employees are using these apps. Here, Wire CEO Morten Brøgger says it might be a good idea to reexamine the software and ensure it has the four key elements crucial for a secure video meeting experience.
As more and more companies began running their businesses over video calls, bad actors saw their opportunity and seized it. In fact, FBI data suggests that cyberattacks have increased by a whopping 400% during the pandemic.
In the age of increasingly prevalent and exceedingly costly data breaches, businesses that are working remotely need to develop strong cybersecurity policies and protocols around all tools — including video conferencing solutions. By doing so, they will be able to keep their critical communications and data secure while mitigating risks and ensuring they can continue working productively in today’s evolving and unpredictable business landscape.
You can’t just deploy any video conferencing platform and expect that your data will be protected. Robust security policies are only as strong as the technology they’re built on. With that in mind, here are four features to look for in a secure video conferencing platform.
You can make sure only the right people have access to video conference data by using a system that offers end-to-end encryption. This ensures that only authorized individuals will have the necessary cryptographic keys needed to decrypt videos, data, and other assets. In the event that an attacker gains access to your systems, they won’t be able to read the data they intercept. It’s that simple.
Of course, not all end-to-end encryption is created equal. Some protocols have been proven to be more secure than others. If you have the option, choose a decentralized solution that uses double-ratchet E2EE (i.e., Proteus protocol). This way, every individual call, message, and file is separately encrypted on every device, with the keys generated from the device rather than a central server. This allows information to be protected to the smallest possible unit. The more information and messages sent, the more keys generated, and the more complex it is to decrypt and pick out specific data.
Tools built on zero trust automatically assume that everything —including data, users, and apps is untrustworthy and must be checked and verified before being given access. Zero trust solutions ensure that all traffic — whether it originates outside the organization or within it is continuously monitored and authenticated.
If you can’t analyze the source code of your video conferencing solution, it’s impossible to know with 100% certainty whether the privacy and security claims being made are true. By choosing an open source platform, you’re able to verify, modify, and improve the code however you want to support your organization’s unique requirements.
If your goal is keeping your video conferences secure, look for solutions engineered with a security-by-design approach to development. Companies that take such an approach build security-first infrastructure from the outset, using things like hyper-transparency, end-to-end encryption and zero-trust protocols to maximize security and keep private data confidential.
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