Earlier this week, a Vermont Senate Agriculture Committee was meeting remotely via Zoom, a videoconferencing platform, when it was interrupted by a hacker. The committee members were forced to terminate the meeting. Zoom has also been accused of sharing documents and information that presenters used during meetings that can be easily accessed by outsiders if the meeting is improperly configured. Because of these and many similar issues, the company is facing a huge privacy and security backlash. Security experts, privacy advocates, lawmakers, and even the FBI warn that Zoom’s default settings aren’t secure enough.
VLCT therefore recommends that members immediately discuss videoconferencing and perhaps using another platform with your IT service providers. They will have the most up-to-date information on available solutions.