Study: How to Secure Your Web Conferencing Solutions
An article review.
As reliance on web based conferencing grows, companies must assess the risk associated with using the technology.
We’re all using web conferencing tools to reduce travel costs and increase communication. Like any other technology, the tools come with risks. A recent study by Forrester Research surveyed “150 regulated and nonregulated organizations in North America to evaluate market/adoption trends, the benefits of moving to a private cloud, and best practices for doing so.”
The study found several crucial trends. The first is the growing importance of this technology within business-critical meetings. Moreover, the obvious concern is the content of these meetings. The study revealed several interesting statistics regarding usual meeting content.
- Nearly 40% of online meetings share financial data.
- One third of meetings share “private customer or patient information.”
- One in five meetings reference some sort of trade secret.
The type of conferencing solution used by companies was also studied. The survey sought to differentiate on-premise solutions and cloud-based solutions. It also examined their security, performance, and cost implications. Based on the analysis, the study offers several recommendations for better mitigation of the risk associated with using web conferencing.
- Use on-premise web conferencing solutions for both security and performance.
- Take the time to understand the total cost of ownership of different solutions.
- Consider hybrid solutions based on employee needs.
As always, it starts with a risk assessment. Are your vendors properly managing your web conferences? Ask them if you can have a password on the session, and see how they respond? Meanwhile, do you realize that anybody attending the session has the ability to record the session . . . and later return to zoom in on results?
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Comment from Dan Hadaway
Time 03/09/2015 at 9:42 am
Coming Soon: Dan is working on reducing all we know about securing web conferencing to “three steps.”
Might be four.