Zoom plans end-to-end encryption

Zoom has announced plans to introduce end-to-end encryption after confirming the acquisition of a secure messaging and file-sharing service. Zoom said it would use Keybase engineers joining the company to help it build end-to-end encryption into its video platform as part of an ongoing pledge to improve the firm’s security features. At the beginning of April, the company revealed it had suspended all other product development to focus on security features after a number of concerns were raised about safety on the service as it gained millions of new users during the coronavirus lockdown. “We believe this will provide equivalent or better security than existing consumer end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms, but with the video quality and scale that has made Zoom the choice of over 300 million daily meeting participants, including those at some of the world’s largest enterprises,” the firm said. Industry expert Tim Mackey, principal security strategist at Synopsys’ Cybersecurity Research Centre (CyRC), said Zoom’s announcement appeared to be a positive step. “For normal users, the addition of end-to-end encryption should be viewed as enhancing the overall security of their meetings.