Zoom has acquired Keybase, the popular secure messaging and file-sharing provider in its ongoing attempt to improve its security.
In the midst of the global pandemic, Zoom has gone from 10 million daily users to over 200 million, becoming the go-to platform for communication of all kinds. Remote workers, government agencies, online students, families, friends and more have all turned to the platform to stay connected.
Unfortunately for the company, it has made a number of security missteps, losing some public confidence along the way. This caused Zoom to announce a moratorium on new features for 90 days, while it focused on beefing up security. This acquisition, the company’s first in its nine-year history, is major step in that direction.
“There are end-to-end encrypted communications platforms. There are communications platforms with easily deployable security. There are enterprise-scale communications platforms. We believe that no current platform offers all of these. This is what Zoom plans to build, giving our users security, ease of use, and scale, all at once,” said Eric S. Yuan, CEO of Zoom. “The first step is getting the right team together. Keybase brings deep encryption and security expertise to Zoom, and we’re thrilled to welcome Max and his team. Bringing on a cohesive group of security engineers like this significantly advances our 90-day plan to enhance our security efforts.”
“Keybase is thrilled to join Team Zoom!” said Max Krohn, Keybase.io co-founder and developer. “Our team is passionate about security and privacy, and it is an honor to be able to bring our encryption expertise to a platform used by hundreds of millions of participants a day.”
It will be exciting to see just how Zoom integrates Keybase’s features to deliver on its security goals.