Microsoft Teams is it secure?

With the recent explosion of Video conferencing usage due to the Covid-19 outbreak causing the sudden increase in remote workers.  Video conferencing has become a hot topic, almost as hot as the discovery of some very serious security flaws in one of the more popular video conferencing systems Zoom.

Zoom’s founder has acknowledged the serious security concerns and has promised to fix them, although acknowledging some will take a while to fix.  In the meantime several major organisations and governments have warned against the use of Zoom.  For those looking for an easy video system and not concerned about privacy it still remains an excellent choice especially with the great value from the free offering.

One of the newer products on the market is Microsoft Teams, whose use has also recently exploded, and one of the products we at Techtron encourage our clients to use.  Here is a link to Microsoft full response to the question of MS Teams security.

Here is a quick summary of the key points:


We safeguard your privacy by design

When you use Microsoft Teams, you are entrusting us with one of your most valuable assets—your data and personal information. Our approach to privacy is grounded in our commitment to giving you transparency over the collection, use, and distribution of your data. Far from an afterthought, privacy is deeply ingrained in our company philosophy and how we build products. Here are our privacy commitments to you.

  • We never use your Teams data to serve you ads.
  • We do not track participant attention or multi-tasking in Teams meetings.
  • Your data is deleted after the termination or expiration of your subscription.
  • We take strong measures to ensure access to your data is restricted and carefully define requirements for responding to government requests for data.
  • You can access your own customer data at any time and for any reason.
  • We offer regular transparency reports on the Transparency Hub, detailing how we have responded to third-party requests for data.

We meet more than 90 regulatory and industry standards

To comply with global, national, regional, and industry-specific regulations, Teams supports more than 90 regulatory standards and laws, including HIPAAGDPRFedRAMPSOC, and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for the security of students and children.

For more information on the features we’ve built to deliver on these promises, see our detailed post on privacy and security in Microsoft Teams or refer to our Teams product documentation. And to learn more about our approach to security, compliance, and privacy across all our products, including Teams, visit the Microsoft Trust Center.

No matter how you’re using Teams at this extraordinary time to connect with the people that matter most to you for work and in life, we’re committed to continuing to learn and get better each day as we work to help you keep all your conversations private and secure.


 

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