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Zoom takes stock 90 days on from security promise

By Ken Wong - on 3 Jul 2020, 9:43am

Zoom takes stock 90 days on from security promise

Zoom's CEO released an update on their security improvements

At the start of April 2020, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said he would be allocating the necessary resources over the next 90 days to better identify, address, and fix privacy and security issues that users had experienced following the boom in Zoom adoption with the rise in Work From Home staff and Covid-19.

Yuan said in a blog post marking the end of the 90 day period, that these three months has brought the safety, privacy, and security of Zoom central to all at the company as they added over 100 security enhancements to the app.

Some of these enhancements include:

  • AES 256 GCM encryption (available to all users, free and paid)
  • UI updates – Security icon, green encryption shield with data centre location click through
  • Report a User
  • Meeting defaults – password, waiting room, and limited screen sharing
  • Host disable multiple device login, unmute consent, cloud recording expiration, tighter Zoom Chat controls

 

The next 90-days?

Yuan said that privacy and security are ongoing priorities for Zoom, and this 90-day period was just a first step.

Moving forward, Zoom has put mechanisms, like a panel of third-party experts and a CISO council (Chief Information Security Officer) comprising 36 CISOs, in place to make sure that security and privacy remain a priority in each phase of their product and feature development.

The company will enhance its existing bug bounty programme and continue to perform simultaneous white box penetration tests. They will also host a weekly webinar to provide updates to their community of users.

 

Additional reading:

1) Don’t forget to check out our guide to six Zoom alternatives here.
2) Find out how to secure any video conferencing app here.