August 13th, 2020
Dear Simmons Community:
When we wrote the community back in March about securing Zoom meetings, we provided some best practices to prevent Zoom Bombing, a then new, malicious activity where uninvited guests crash and disrupt Zoom meetings. In recent weeks, this type of activity has targeted members of the Simmons community. In the wake of this, we will be updating global security settings for all scheduled Zoom meetings and events. By doing so, Simmons will be proactively addressing a recent Zoom announcement that starting September 27, they will require all meetings to have a Passcode or Waiting Room enabled.
Meetings joined after Wednesday, August 19, 2020 will have the Waiting Room enabled by default. Users who are logged into their Simmons accounts in Zoom will bypass the Waiting Room. Users who are not logged into a Simmons Zoom account will need to be admitted.
The Waiting Room is a helpful feature for hosts to control who comes and goes from meetings. When enabled, guests must be manually “admitted” to meetings by a meeting host. Read More.
Additional security features that are recommended to prevent Zoom bombing attacks for public Zoom event links that may be published on the web or shared on social media, include:
A note for faculty and students: The Online Campus Zoom instance is separate from the Simmons instance and may have its security features configured differently.
Thank you for your cooperation in our continual efforts to create a safer, more secure remote experience.