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7 Ways to Secure Collaboration Tools in Your Organization

The push to embrace Slack, Teams, and Zoom at work comes with new security risks for organizations.

Steve Zurier

March 2, 2022

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The pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital technologies on all fronts, especially the use of online collaboration platforms such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom.

Slack, for example, started out with programmers in a small department sharing ideas. It is now the primary corporate messaging platform at many companies.

The problem? Some of these tools weren’t designed for the enterprise. While they have become more central to how businesses operate, security teams may not fully realize the attack surface they present, says Oliver Tavakoli, chief technology officer at Vectra.

"These tools are also relatively immature as far as the accompanying security protections provided by third parties," he explains. "This trend will continue until suppliers of such collaboration tools put more effort into providing more policy controls to lock down the environment and add more telemetry to monitor it.”

So how do security teams manage these new tools? Here are seven tips.

About the Author(s)

Steve Zurier

Contributing Writer, Dark Reading

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience and has covered networking, security, and IT as a writer and editor since 1992. Steve is based in Columbia, Md.

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