Zoom App now takes Cybersecurity seriously

Zoom App which is nowadays hitting news headlines for offering poor encryption in its video streaming services seems to have taken Cybersecurity seriously. It has made it official that in a few days’ time, the company will be rolling out a new version with utmost encryption to provide security and privacy to users using its services.

In March 2020, as the world was pushed into a lockdown due to COVID 19 spread, computer users around the world chose to use the Zoom web conferencing app in order to stay in touch with their colleagues to keep their office operations intact. So, from 10 million users, Zoom witnessed a spike in its app usage and has declared at the start of April 2020 that it has now over 200 million users.

But at the same time, few white hat hackers found several flaws in the app which could have led threat actors to gatecrash a video meeting or intercept and manipulate a conversation taking place among zoom users remotely.

“ So, the remote meeting app has decided to cover up the security vulnerabilities with apt fixes in its next version that happens to be Zoom 5.0- due to be launched next week,” said Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom.

Zoom 5.0 will be enabled with an AES 256-Bit GCM encryption standards- an algorithm developed to protect data for the US government in 1996-1997. Thus, it will have 3 standard block ciphers- 128,192,256 which are used to encrypt and decrypt messages.

Therefore, those using Zoom cloud meetings can expect their online meetings to be protected with extra security layers which help keep data secure and intact while in transit; resisting tampering and assuring confidentiality and integrity of Webinars, Phone conversations and online classes.

At the same time, the Zoom account admins will be notified details such as data center location where the real-time traffic from their meetings will be stored, password settings complexity, contact sharing security, and dashboard customization to allow the admin to see how their zoom login users are connecting to the service.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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