BitDam Secures Zoom and Microsoft Teams
Most people today use some kind of instant messaging channel as part of their workday routine. We use these applications to share files, attachments, connect and work with colleagues, customers, vendors and partners across the globe. In this global world, the use of screen-sharing and video conferencing has also become significant. With most businesses operating online, the security for these applications are imperative.
This is always true! However, in the past weeks, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and WFH phenomena, we are seeing an unprecedented growth in the usage of these platforms by existing users as we well as a huge spike in demand from new users. This is going to leave an indelible impact on technology adoption and growth in years to come, according to analysts at Frost & Sullivan.
To put things in context, Microsoft Teams user base grew to 44M from 13M users in July 2019.
Zoom on the other hand, experienced a 67% growth in their daily active user base in the first three months of 2020. The company added 2.22M monthly active users so far in 2020, while in 2019 it added 1.99M in total, according to estimates from Bernstein Research analysts.
A New Challenge Emerging: Cyber Attacks Via Enterprise Communication
The enormous growth in usage of enterprise collaborations tools in general, and Zoom and MS Teams in particular, is a fertile ground for cyber attackers. Hackers take advantage of the fact that people use these different platforms more often. According to the World Economic Forum, cybercriminals exploit the fact that many employees who are working from home have not applied the same security on their networks that would be in place in a corporate environment, or that enterprises haven’t deployed the right technologies or corporate security policies to ensure that all corporate-owned or corporate-managed devices have the exact same security protections, regardless of whether they’re connected to an enterprise network or an open home WiFi network.
Considering this new situation – the fact that most employees are working from home and the rising risk in the usage of Zoom, MS Teams and other collaboration channels – organizations must take proactive actions to ensure that these tools are not used by bad actors to penetrate their networks, which usually leads to phishing, ransomware and data breaches, causing enormous damage.
Why is this important? Files and links sent via these platforms are an easy access point for hackers. Zoom and MS Teams allow you to work with other users outside of your organization. They might have different levels and practices of security, putting your organization vulnerable to threats from the outside when sharing files and URLs.
Securing your Zoom and MS Teams Accounts
What’s clear is the use of instant messaging, screen-sharing and video conferencing platforms like Zoom, MS Teams and others will continue. This is where BitDam Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) comes in. You can deploy BitDam ATP for Zoom and Microsoft Teams with a matter of two clicks and with no interference to end users. BitDam will scan all files and URLs sent within your Zoom and Microsoft Teams accounts before they reach the end users, and would block and quarantine the malicious ones. Since BitDam’s technology is attack agnostic, it will protect your business from phishing, ransomware and any other type of malware, even when working from home.