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BONG! Zoom and Security Special (15 June 2020)
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Over the past few days I have received an increasing amount of queries about whether Zoom is secure enough for hearings and confidential meetings. I think it now is (as long as you have the latest version and are aware of what settings you need to apply), but here are some relevant items from BONGs passim (June to March 2020) so you can make up your own minds. They are listed latest to oldest, and you can see they go from (correct) concerns in the early days to wider acceptance today.
Ontario class actions: Videoconferencing gains acceptance in case-managed proceedings (Stikeman Elliott: Alexandra Urbanski) https://maas-bong.io/2C2Jpsb
"As this decision shows, the Canadian judiciary is increasingly confident in its ability to conduct complex hearings, including leave and certification hearings, via videoconference."
Latest Zoom vulnerabilities require customer updates to fix (Legal IT Insider: Caroline Hill) https://maas-bong.io/2XPxwhv
"The latest serious Zoom vulnerabilities identified by cyber threat intelligence organisation Cisco Talos require customers to download the latest software with all the current security updates."
In the midst of significant change, eDiscovery providers need agility and foresight (FTI) https://maas-bong.io/2yFvo2h
"In an eDiscovery context, the increasing adoption of collaboration applications and tools - including Microsoft Teams and OneNote, Slack, Telegram, Zoom, etc. - is a prelude to stark change."
Zoom publishes draft design of end-to-end encryption offering (GitHub: Various [Zoom]) https://maas-bong.io/2X1HETU
"We will host discussions with cryptographic experts, non-profits, advocacy groups, customers and others to share more details and solicit feedback for the final design."
UK court settles trial via Zoom – But is this the future we want? (Artificial Lawyer: Richard Tromans) https://maas-bong.io/2WKGcW4
"In the UK, the Technology and Construction Court has created English legal history after a civil trial there reached its conclusion, having been conducted entirely remotely using the video-conferencing platform Zoom."
Texas “Zooms” into remote jury trials (sort of) (eDiscovery Today: Doug Austin) https://maas-bong.io/2ALHd7M
"In what might be a first across the United States, Texas judges on Monday invited a jury pool to a court proceeding over a Zoom video teleconference."
Could litigation change forever? Zoom trials already cutting costs for litigants (Law: Raychel Lean) https://maas-bong.io/3crbsih
"I feel certain that had this trial had been conducted in a courthouse, it would have taken longer, and it would have been a larger inconvenience, particularly for the non-party witnesses, than it was."
Harden your Zoom settings to protect your privacy and avoid trolls (Electronic Frontier Foundation: Gennie Gebhart, Rory Mir) https://maas-bong.io/3bX6MAg
"Consider which settings make sense for you and the groups you communicate with, and do your best to make sure meeting organisers and participants are on the same page about settings and shared expectations."
The Zoom social etiquette guide (BBC: Bryan Lufkin) https://maas-bong.io/2Smzp2b
"From online parties to happy hour with colleagues, here are the coronavirus-era social faux pas to avoid."
To Zoom or not to Zoom, that really is the question (Legal IT Insider: Caroline Hill) https://maas-bong.io/2W3SDKV
"We speak to law firms, clients and security advisors in the most comprehensive piece of analysis around Zoom in the legal sector."
Zoom hits milestone on 90-day security plan, releases Zoom 5.0 (Zoom) https://maas-bong.io/3eP4XYf
"Today we announce robust security enhancements with the upcoming general availability of Zoom 5.0, a key milestone in our 90-day plan to proactively identify, address and enhance the security and privacy capabilities of the Zoom platform."
The boom of Zoom. Careful considerations for eDiscovery professionals (ComplexDiscovery: Rob Robinson) https://maas-bong.io/2XOKnB2
"Provided below is a series of extracts from information notes, articles and lawsuits that may be beneficial for consideration by data and legal discovery professionals and providers as they evaluate the use of Zoom in support of the conduct of eDiscovery."
Working securely with Zoom (Relativity: Daniel Kavan) https://maas-bong.io/2RU3Hcl
"There are also a number of ways that users can protect themselves from hackers while using Zoom for business and personal conversations. The following tips from Calder7, Relativity’s security team, can help."
Over 500,000 Zoom accounts sold on the dark web and hacker Forums (MacRumours: Tim Hardwick) https://maas-bong.io/3ahjDM6
"The sale of the login details are said to be the result of ‘credential stuffing attacks’, where hackers attempt to log in to Zoom using accounts leaked in older data breaches."
This video conferencing app is purpose-built for lawyers, and it’s free (LawSites: Bob Ambrogi) https://maas-bong.io/2yUzSBJ
"While Zoom is fine for generic business meetings and virtual cocktail parties, it is not designed for the specific needs - or specific security concerns - of legal professionals."
Zoom and cybersecurity: How many times are we going to go through this! A lot, but you need to look at the bigger picture (Gregory Bufithis) https://maas-bong.io/3aTlNTn
"As it is in everything in cybersecurity, choosing Zoom totally depends upon an individual’s threat model."
Zoom lawsuit brings video conferencing security into the spotlight (CMSWire: Dom Nicastro) https://maas-bong.io/2JRMziR
"A user this week sued the video-conference provider for sharing personal information, without proper notice, to third-party providers like Facebook."
Zoom meetings aren’t end-to-end encrypted, despite misleading marketing (The Intercept: Micah Lee, Yael Grauer) https://maas-bong.io/2X1EBeP
"Zoom is using its own definition of the term, one that lets Zoom itself access unencrypted video and audio from meetings."
Using Zoom? Here are the privacy issues you need to be aware of (ProtonMail: Richie Koch) https://maas-bong.io/3dywaNW
"Zoom has seen a flood of new users as the COVID-19 outbreak forces more and more employees to transition to working from home. Zoom’s big selling point is its near-frictionless video calls. However, new users should be aware of the company’s privacy practices."
PODCAST: Coronavirus looms - can technology replace travel? (DennisKennedy Blog: Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighell) https://maas-bong.io/39EKBhh
"When a large-scale disaster strikes, travel suffers but, given today’s technology, is travel even necessary anymore? Dennis and Tom discuss how remote collaboration tools - Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and others - have evolved over the past few years, and provide their tips for video/phone conference etiquette."
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