Use of Zoom with FIT account disabled on 5/5

Read Full Zoom Advisory from the Department of Homeland Security here.

UPDATE: Effective on May 5 at 12noon the ability to link Zoom to your FIT Google account will be revoked.

Email sent to All FIT Employees on Wednesday, April 29th:

The Division of Information Technology continues to support the FIT community while we work and teach remotely. Due to the rapid transition to a remote environment, many may be using free conferencing and collaboration tools that are offered publicly on the web. Unfortunately, many of these tools have known security and/or privacy problems. 

Zoom, in particular, has a number of known security vulnerabilities in both its “basic” unpaid and paid licenses. A recent advisory from the Department of Homeland Security states that “malicious cyber actors likely view Zoom users as targets of opportunity to exploit a broad range of public and private sector entities including critical infrastructure.” Read the full DHS advisory here. 

These security concerns are currently problematic enough that IT strongly advises that you not use Zoom and instead host your meetings using one of the many IT-supported tools, listed below. Please note that we will send a similar communication to students.

We understand that other SUNY campuses, vendors, and partners are using Zoom; if you must participate in a Zoom meeting, please read these best practices to reduce the risk to yourself and to the college.

We would like to take this opportunity to provide a list of the IT-supported collaboration tools: 

  • G-Suite (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms)

  • Google Hangouts/Meet

  • Google Chat

  • Webex (for conferencing and virtual events)

  • Blackboard with BBCollaborate 

  • MS Office 365

  • Adobe E-sign