Zoom Security

Columbia University has implemented a number of default controls to improve the security of your Zoom sessions. In addition, members of the Law School community can do more to refine Zoom security settings to further protect their courses, meetings and public events. Law School IT has established a set of minimum security requirements and recommended enhancements by meeting type.

Update: As of 04/08/20, Zoom meeting hosts and co-hosts will now see an option in the Zoom meeting controls called Security. This new icon simplifies how hosts can quickly find and enable many of Zoom’s in-meeting security features.

Zoom turned on the setting "Require password to access shared cloud recordings" without alerting clients.  The setting puts a password on any new cloud recordings made while it is enabled. Only cloud recordings made during this time are affected.

Instructors can use the following steps to double-check the setting is off for them.

If recordings were made and have the password enabled, the host can use the following steps to view or disable the password.

  • Log into https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/
  • Click Recordings on the left
  • Click the title of the meeting
  • Click Share in the top right
  • Either copy/paste the password or disable "Password Protect"

Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) has implemented a set of default enterprise controls to improve the security of Zoom sessions. Information on these measures can be found on their website. A quick summary follows below.

Law IT has established minimum requirements and recommended security enhancements for common meeting types hosted virtually at the Law School.


    Minimum requirements:

    Recommended security enhancements: 

    Office Hours

    Minimum requirements:

    Recommended security enhancements: 

    Workshops/Secure Meetings 

    Minimum requirements:

    Recommended security enhancements: 

    Public Events and Conferences

    Minimum requirements (fewer than 25 attendees):

    Minimum requirements (25 or more attendees):

    Please contact the Law IT HelpDesk to coordinate a Zoom Webinar event. 


    Zoom provides additional security information and white papers on their website. While not required for all meetings, some hosts may opt for additional security measures to further protect Zoom sessionsThe following security capabilities are available to the meeting host:

    For questions regarding use of these enhanced security features, please contact the Law IT HelpDesk.