Zoom taps Salesforce exec as new CISO

Jason Lee, who most recently served as senior vice president of security operations at Salesforce, will join Zoom as the company's new CISO, effective June 29.

Zoom's June 24 announcement comes as the company nears the end of its 90-day security and privacy plan, which it rolled out April 1 to address ongoing cybersecurity issues. Zoom has reported high volumes of user growth since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting about 300 million users compared to the 10 million it saw at the end of 2019.

The company ran into security issues in April after marketing itself as having end-to-end encryption to safeguard conversations. However, security experts uncovered the platform did not provide that level of protection, according to The Wall Street Journal.  "Zoombombing", or when someone gains unauthorized access to a virtual meeting and shares hate speech, has also made headlines in recent months due to the platform's privacy practices.

As CISO, Mr. Lee will oversee Zoom's security team and continue the company's efforts to strengthen security and privacy. He brings more than 20 years of information security expertise to the role and previously served as principal director of security engineering at Microsoft.

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