Endpoint and mobile security company StrikeForce Technologies has launched the SafeVchat video conferencing platform as a more secure alternative to mainstream cloud video conferencing systems.
SafeVchat leverages StrikeForce's out-of-band authentication and keystroke protection technology to safeguard users against data and privacy vulnerabilities, the company said. The platform's features include:
- Meeting Authentication: Requires each video conference participant to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) to verify their identify and be listed as a guest by the host
- Endpoint Protection: Secures a user's camera, microphone, audio-out speakers, keyboard and clipboard against cybercriminals
- Private Virtual Cloud Detailed Reporting Logs and Analytics: Offers auditing capabilities without storing users' personal data or recordings
SafeVchat is browser-based and can be deployed via StrikeForce's cloud service, on-premise or a user's private virtual cloud, the company said. In addition, StrikeForce has submitted a mobile version of SafeVchat to the Apple and Google Play stores for review and expects this version to be available soon.
Tips to Guard Against Video Conference Cyberattacks
SafeVchat enables organizations to let remote workers communicate and collaborate with one another via video conference during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It also helps protect these workers against video conference cyberattacks.
Check Point Software Technologies researchers recently discovered that cybercriminals have been using Zoom video conferences and Google Classroom and other communication platforms to attack remote workers during the pandemic. They offered several recommendations to guard against video conference attacks, such as:
- Watch for emails and files from unknown senders
- Do not open attachments or click on links within emails from unknown senders
- Beware eye lookalike domains, spelling errors in emails and websites and unfamiliar email senders
- When ordering goods online, buy goods only from authorized vendors
- Deploy an end-to-end cyber architecture
MSSPs can provide services to help organizations protect remote workers against video conference cyberattacks and other threats during the pandemic. Furthermore, they can offer tips and recommendations to ensure that organizations can help remote workers securely perform everyday tasks.