Video Conferencing Apps: Top Security Risks & How to Mitigate Them

January 2021

Many businesses are turning to video conferencing applications like Zoom and Skype to communicate while Coronavirus restrictions prevent face-to-face meetings from happening. And while these tools have been a lifesaver for some organizations, no video conferencing software is without its potential security risks.

However, the good news for businesses of all sizes is that there are many steps you can take to optimize video conferencing security, protect sensitive information, and keep employees safe. Let’s take a look!

Understanding Video Conferencing Security Risks

Unfortunately, there are a number of risks that accompany the use of video conferencing platforms like Skype and Zoom. For example, there has been an increase in malware files being found on these apps. This means that when employees use the video platform, they could be downloading malicious files in the process. And if these same team members are using work computers that are connected to your company’s servers, it’s easy to see how this could become a major security threat.

In addition to malware concerns, there has also been an increase in the practice of “Zoom bombing,” which occurs when an uninvited guest infiltrates a video meeting. In some instances, conferences have been disrupted with threatening or offensive images or language, which is a problem in itself. However, the true security issue occurs when an intruder “lurks” in a meeting undetected and picks up sensitive company information, like passwords or financial data.

How to Keep Your Employees Safe While Video Conferencing

With all of these potential security issues in mind, how can you keep your employees (and your company) safe while using video conferencing apps? Luckily, there are several cybersecurity best practices you can follow.

Start by making sure that all of your meetings are password protected. Even if you’re only sharing the link to a few people within your company, having a strong password can add a substantial layer of security. You might also want to consider using the “waiting room” feature, which allows you to screen participants before they “enter” the meeting. Once a conference has begun, you should also “lock” the room to prevent any unwanted guests from making their way in. These are all common features offered by most video conferencing platforms today.

How Dedicated Server Hosting Can Boost Security

In addition to these practical security tips, you might also consider upgrading your current business servers to dedicated servers, if you haven’t done so already. A dedicated hosting plan can provide you with a higher level of security than a shared or cloud-based hosting plan – and with more security threats lurking on the web than ever before, there has never been a better time to make the switch.
Interested in learning more about how a dedicated server host can help you keep your video conferences (and other aspects of your business) secure? Contact our team today – we’re happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you with setting up your dedicated server.