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Secure Online Conferencing with First-of its-Kind Ericom Virtual Meeting Isolation

Virtual meeting solutions like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams have been a lifeline for most organizations during pandemic-related office closures, enabling productive teamwork to continue despite shelter-at-home and distancing directives. Their use has grown exponentially and indications point to the solutions continuing to be essential business collaboration tools moving forward.

For Some Organizations, Security Concerns Bar Virtual Meeting Use

Use of virtual meeting technologies entails significant security risks, since Javascript, HTML and other code used by the web portals of virtual meeting solutions can hide malware which can compromise endpoint browsers and organization networks. In addition, the web portals may expose IP addresses of corporate devices to the internet, creating inviting attack surfaces for cyber criminals. As a result, many organizations either limit the use of the web portals of most popular virtual meeting solutions or, in some cases, don’t allow its use at all.

Web conferencing endpoint clients address some of these issues but introduce other security risks; That’s why many security-conscious organizations don’t allow users to install any clients on endpoint devices. This quandary has left many organizations unable to take advantage of the convenience and productivity benefits of these cost-effective—and for most of us, essential–virtual meeting tools.

An Innovative New Way to Secure Virtual Meetings

Now, however, there is great news for these (justifiably) security-aware organizations. We are proud to introduce an innovative new solution—the first of its kind!—that enables virtual meetings to be secured from web-based threats using remote browser isolation (RBI).

Let’s start with an explanation of why this is such a breakthrough that we’ve filed a patent on our Virtual Meeting Isolation technology. Traditional RBI solutions can’t be used for Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and similar applications because local user devices, such as cameras and microphones, cannot be accessed during RBI-isolated sessions. Similarly, local applications like Microsoft Powerpoint cannot be shared.

With Ericom Virtual Meeting Isolation, however, content from the user’s Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams browser portal is sent to their organization’s Ericom RBI cloud service remote isolated environment, where virtual devices (audio, webcam and a screen) operate inside the lightweight Linux container. Only safe content (audio and video) is streamed from these virtual devices in the isolated remote virtual meeting web environment to the local browser. The same process is used for sharing local screens or applications like Powerpoint–they are rendered in an isolated session and safely streamed to the other participant’s devices. No actual content from the virtual meeting solution website or applications that are shared ever reaches endpoint devices.

No Hassles, No Limitations, and No Special Requirements of Other Participants

It’s important to note that individuals using Virtual Meeting Isolation can seamlessly participate in meetings with users attending via un-isolated web access and/or virtual meeting clients, with no lag or delay or other issues for any participants.

Using Ericom Virtual Meeting Isolation, a user can initiate a meeting or join a meeting by browsing to the Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams website[i] or join by clicking a link in a meeting invitation. Once they enter the meeting, they enjoy the standard virtual meeting experience: They can choose any participant view, mute or enable audio, and share their screen.

We are excited that with this breakthrough, organizations using Ericom RBI to protect their users from web-based threats can extend those protections to the web portals of virtual meeting applications, so they can benefit from full conferencing functionality while protecting their organizations from cyber threats. The solution is currently compatible with Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams, with additional virtual meeting solutions to be added soon.

Want to know more? Watch this short demonstration to see Ericom Virtual Meeting Isolation in action or contact us today.

[i] Ericom Virtual Meeting Isolation covers web browser based virtual meetings (not access via the virtual meeting solution’s native client)

Erez Pasternak

Erez Pasternak

Cloud Security Architect
Cloud Security Architect | Ericom Software