Zoom not safe for use by Govt officials; MHA issues advisory on secure use

The Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord), under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has issued an advisory on secure use of Zoom Meeting Platform by private individuals. This advisory states that the platform is not for use by Government officers/ officials for official purposes. 

The document makes reference to earlier advisories of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) and states that Zoom is not a safe platform. The guidelines have been issued to safeguard private individuals who would still like to use the platform for private purposes. 

The broad objective of this advisory is to prevent any unauthorised entry into a Zoom Conference Room and prevent the unauthorised participant to carry out malicious attacks on the terminals of other users in the conference. 

Most of the settings can be done by login into users zoom account at website, or installed application at PC/ Laptop/ Phone and also during conduct of conference. However, certain settings are possible through certain mode/ channel only. For example, lock meeting can be enabled by administrator only when the meeting has started. 

The Cyber Coordination Centre has explained in detail all the security configuration through website, App and through console during the conduct of conference. 

The objective of security configurations are:

  1. Setting new user ID and password for each meeting
  2. Enabling Waiting Room, so that every user can enter only when host conducting meeting admits him
  3. Disabling join before host
  4. Allowing Screen Sharing by host Only
  5. Disabling “Allow removed participants to re-join”
  6. Restricting/ disabling file transfer option (if not required)
  7. Locking meeting, once all attendees have joined
  8. Restricting the recording feature
  9. To end meeting (and not just leave, if you are administrator)

Click here to know more about the protective measures to be taken by individuals while using Zoom.


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