Vulnerability

American Schools Started Banning Zoom Remote Video Conferencing Because Of Online Security Issues

Recently, American schools are walking away from utilizing the well-known video conference app Zoom after a survey of security issues. “Well, the city’s Department of Education is guiding schools to stop using Zoom as soon as possible,” stated Danielle Filson in a statement, a department spokeswoman.

Whereas, Filson said that “There are several new elements to remote learning, and we are executing real-time decisions in the best attention of our staff and scholar.” The department does not hold a central agreement with Zoom, and students and staff will be making adjustments with Microsoft Teams, which has “the same abilities with suitable security measures in place.”

After the FBI issued a caution to the public regarding the “hijacking” of online classrooms, then the New York City Department of Education, which operates the largest school district in the nation, announced that teachers should no longer use Zoom and should instead work through Microsoft Teams.

Whereas, other school districts, too, have prevented Zoom or are attempting to beef up security including its use. Thus, Clark County Public Schools in Nevada announced in a statement that it had determined to “disable access to Zoom out of an affluence of caution due to occurrences of hacking. This produced unsafe situations for teachers and students,” but it was watching at options that may enable it to resume access.

The FBI issued a warning and said saboteurs were hacking into online meetings in an event now termed as “Zoom-bombing” because Zoom has grown the most popular teleconferencing option for K-12 schools and colleges and universities throughout the pandemic.

Interests about online security have been growing as most of the government has moved to online learning, with school buildings decided to close to try to stop the extent of a novel coronavirus that has frozen public life throughout the world. 

Well, schools have hurried to put together online lessons and programs, sometimes without severe security filters. There have been various reports of troubles interrupting classes and school meetings, from elementary school to higher education.

For illustration, the University of Florida, President W. Kent Fuchs proclaimed an interruption of a student government conference by someone who represented racist messages, swastikas, and death threats.

However, teachers in New York City have just forwarded updated guidance from the city’s education committee on video conferencing, which stated that after evaluating requests by students, teachers, and service providers to credential Zoom for performance, security, and privacy concerns on the Zoom platform were grown. Well, in Los Angeles, some primary-school teachers have now stopped utilizing Zoom because of troubles, as the well-known media portal Los Angeles Times has reported.

So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

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Balaji N

BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.

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