Virtual events came to the world’s rescue during the pandemic. They served as a safe way for companies to continue to engage with their internal and external stakeholders remotely. Later, when in-person events came back into the picture, companies still found it valuable to retain a virtual element as part of their event, as the latter proved to be a scalable, cost effective and measurable way of running events. The insights that planners were getting from virtual event platforms changed the way they strategized events; and this created the perfect situation for hybrid events.
Virtual elements are here to stay
What can we learn from these developments? It’s simple; virtual events or elements are here to stay. Their relevance has gone beyond the pandemic. Companies have acknowledged the unique benefits of going virtual or hybrid. Now, since we’ve already highlighted the boons of virtual events above, one must wonder what are the more challenging aspects of going virtual? For one, of course, it’s the need to upskill and understand event technology; this is where a robust virtual event platform plays a huge part. However, there’s one more crucial aspect to any event that organizers cannot compromise on - the security of an event.
Event security needs have evolved
Different ways of running events bring their own challenges. You can see why a virtual event is a desirable cyberthreat target; cyber criminals stand the chance of tapping into important attendee data and company information if the event is not robust enough to keep them at bay. In the past two years, there have also been instances of cyber criminals posing as attendees and joining a virtual event. Once they succeeded s, they were capable of doing anything from sharing risky links and inappropriate content with attendees to heckling the speakers at the event.
We’re sure that all this information is scary enough for planners to make sure they prioritize event security and not take it for granted. Thankfully, securing your event doesn’t have to be difficult.
Here’s an easy checklist of best practices for you:
- Choose a virtual event platform that is certified and highly secure so that there are no chances of software vulnerabilities within the platform.
- Ensure that the event platform you choose has periodic audits in place to ensure the confidentiality and security of event data.
- When picking the event platform, another thing you should look for is how much control it gives you as an organizer; you should be able to restrict and limit the content shared during your event.
- While inviting guests to your event, generate unique URLs for each attendee and unique access codes too.
- Inform your attendees that all communications related to the event will only come from your official trusted email address and information from any other source must be ignored.
- Inform attendees whenever you plan to record a session; it always makes them feel at ease when you get their consent.
How attendees can make sure they attend secure virtual events
If you’re an attendee, you can add another layer of safety to your event experience by ensuring the security of your personal information by:
- Verifying the source of all the emails and communications you received about the event
- Using a reliable browser that is aptly patched to handle security vulnerabilities
- Creating a password that you don’t use anywhere else (if the event requires you to create one)
To sum up…
As we see the world embracing virtual elements in every walk of life from education to large-scale events, it is our responsibility to be aware of the risks of going virtual in order to reap the many many benefits that virtual events bring us.
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Zuddl is a unified platform for events and webinars that helps event marketers plan and execute events that drive growth. The platform has clients across the globe, such as the United Nations, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, HSBC, VMware, Google, StackCommerce and Cipla amongst others. In January 2022, Zuddl announced that it closed $13.35 mn in Series A funding.