Microsoft Teams: Keeping Schools and Organizations Connected
Interesting that schools across the nation are moving to Microsoft Teams due to the lack of security and privacy in Zoom.
Schools Taking Action:
Many schools had originally adopted Zoom to conduct online lessons during the coronavirus lockdown, but concerns have led to the ban of the video conferencing software across the US.
The Chancellor of New York City's Department of Education, Richard A Carranza, sent an email to school principals telling them to "Cease using Zoom as soon as possible.”
Chancellor Carranza is not alone; schools in other parts of the country have taken similar action, and educators are being trained to use Microsoft Teams which has been suggested as a suitable alternative. A main reason they are switching to Microsoft Teams is compliant with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and ISO 27001.
The Washington Post reports that Nevada Public Schools in Clark County were “also moving away from Zoom, saying in a statement that the decision had been taken to ‘disable access to Zoom out of an abundance of caution due to instances of hacking that created unsafe environments for teachers and students.”
Zoom has made a recent public statement assuring users of its efforts in security measures, however they do not qualify for the required compliance needs.
The Washington Post also quotes Danielle Filson, spokesperson for the NYC Education Department, as saying: “Providing a safe and secure remote learning experience for our students is essential, and upon further review of security concerns, schools should move away from using Zoom as soon as possible. There are many new components to remote learning, and we are making real-time decisions in the best interest of our staff and student. We will support staff and students in transitioning to different platforms such as Microsoft Teams that have the same capabilities with appropriate security measures in place.”
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