Microsoft preparing to launch end-to-end encryption for Teams

March 3, 2021


It has recently been announced that Microsoft Teams will be launching end-to-end encryption at the company’s Ignite conference, reports Forbes.

One of the major driving forces behind the update is to improve user-security as home-working continues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s been suggested that customers will have the ability to enable end-to-end encryption for one-to-one Teams calls for designated users. Whilst Teams Desktop will be the first application to support using end-to-end, the support will be added to more platforms at a later date.

Rob Lefferts, CVP of Microsoft 365 Security, told Forbes: “In this first phase, we will work with customers to gather feedback on this scenario to understand how it addresses their compliance needs and obligations. We will then work to bring E2EE capabilities to online meetings.

“During a 1:1 call using E2EE the callers can chat, which will still use Teams industry standard encryption in transit and at rest, but will not be end-to-end encrypted.

“E2EE information gets decrypted on the client device that is used in the E2EE communication.”

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