Google joined opponents of the Zoom application, have banned employees from using the Zoom video conferencing service because of vulnerabilities. According to The Verge, a letter containing such indications have sent to staff last week.
The newsletter also talked about the impending blockage of Zoom applications installed on the company’s devices. “We have long had a rule against the use of unverified applications that are not linked to the corporate network,” said Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda. He confirmed that security experts had recently informed colleagues using Zoom on work devices that the application does not meet security standards. They do not prohibit Google employees from using Zoom for personal communication in the web version or on smartphones.
The Verge also notes that Google has its own corporate video meeting service, Meet, which is part of G-Suite.
Recall that in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the popularity of video call services exploded worldwide and Zoom is one of the best-known services. Recently, the founder of Zoom, Eric Yuan, said that recently the daily audience for the service has increased by over 20 times and has exceeded 200 million people. Yuan admitted that the service has security concerns and promised that the developers will focus on solving them in the coming months. It quickly became known that over 15,000 video calls via Zoom had leaked onto the network. Then it turned out that Zoom can automatically add users to each other’s contacts and, therefore, tell strangers what data they need not see.
Zoom hires a Facebook security manager
To address these problems, the company appointed former Facebook security director Alex Stamos as an adviser and set up an advisory board to consider their privacy and security practices.
In late March, Stamos had called for a series of tweets Zoom to be more transparent and put forward a 30-day security plan. This led the platform founder and CEO Eric Yuan to ask Stamos to work as a consultant for the company.
“Zoom has some important work to do in basic application security, coded design, and infrastructure security, and I’m looking forward to working with Zoom engineering teams on these projects,” Stamos, associate professor at Stanford University, wrote in a blog.
To deal with security concerns, Zoom embarked on a 90-day plan and formed a Board of Information Security Directors that includes senior information security officers in major companies, to discuss privacy, security, and technology issues.
It has also set up a board to advise Yuan on privacy issues, and the first members include executives from companies such as Uber, Netflix, and others.
Zoom, which competes with Cisco Teams software from Microsoft and Cisco WebEx, saw daily users rise to 200 million from 10 million, and the stock rose to a record high in March.
Zoom attracts users with ease of use, besides providing it for free. Many schools around the world have also started using it for online education.