Zoom security reminder: It's on all of us

“Zoom bombing” is an ongoing issue impacting the University community. IT Services and the Information Security Office are once again urging faculty, staff, and students to make sure you are setting the proper security restrictions on your virtual meetings.

As a community, Miami has instituted a practice of allowing folks to place events on the University events calendar. This allows us to have an easily accessible view of what’s going on with our Miami friends and colleagues, and provides joining information for virtual events.

However, there are drawbacks. This calendar is public, which brings with it some vulnerabilities, as some events have been targeted with the information posted. Thus, we must tighten cybersecurity measures to drastically reduce Zoom bombing.

This is where you come in. We want to provide you with resources to allow us to better protect our community from these incidents. Before placing an event on the calendar, please consult the security recommendations we’ve published and make sure you are maintaining vigilance.

Quick look

A few quick security tips include:

Enable the following settings:

Please also change meetings to requiring "authenticated users only" if possible.

To enable this setting when creating a meeting:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. Schedule a meeting or webinar.
  3. Under Meeting Options or Webinar Options, click Only authenticated users can join.
  4. Choose Sign in as user.

Thank you!

We want to help our community continue the wonderful programming we know and love without the fear of being interrupted by these potentially traumatizing events.

This is a good reminder of the mantra we’ve been using throughout the pandemic: We’re all in this together. Let’s make sure the community stays safe and continues to learn and grow!