Securing Video Teleconference Systems

Video teleconferencing (VTC) is an increasingly popular means of communication for connecting all of Northeastern University from the graduate campuses in Seattle and Charlotte to all Boston-area campuses and departments. Through the Internet people can hold meetings with full video capability as if they were speaking in the room.

As with any device connected to the Internet the VTC units need to be secured against attacks and threats. There have been reports of compromised VTC units being used to stage attacks on remote networks and computers, unsecured devices allow third parties to eavesdrop on meeting rooms and active conferences, and attackers can disable the hardware preventing any meaningful use.

This guide provides simple steps to help secure a video teleconference device against attacks and eavesdropping. The steps outlined in the guide provide general tips that can be applied to the many different types of VTC units in the marketplace.

Please contact itsecurity@neu.edu if you have any questions about this guide.

NU 2013 Video Teleconference Security Guide