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Zoom appoints former Microsoft exec as chief security officer

By Baek Byung-yeul

Jason Lee, chief information security officer at Zoom Video Communications
Jason Lee, chief information security officer at Zoom Video Communications
Video conferencing software company Zoom Video Communications has appointed a former executive of Microsoft and Salesforce as its chief information security officer (CISO) as part of its efforts to improve privacy and security protection measures.

The software company said Jason Lee, former senior vice president of security operations at U.S.-based customer relationship management system provider Salesforce, will serve as CISO starting Monday.

Lee has spent 20 years of his career in information security and operating mission critical services. Before working at Salesforce, he was a principal director of security engineering at Microsoft.

Zoom has quickly grown into a major player as a video conferencing platform after social distancing practices and working home became the new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were 10 million daily users as of December 2019 across the world, the company now counts more than 300 million daily users.

To meet the growing challenges of maintaining cybersecurity compliance, Zoom announced a 90-day freeze on releasing new features, to better focus on safety and privacy. As the company is nearing the end of the 90-day security and privacy plan, the company said Lee will concentrate on continuing Zoom's path of putting the security and privacy of its users first.

"Zoom is on an incredible journey of growth and I am thrilled to bring my experience of running world-class security organizations to the company. Ensuring that customers trust our products is of the utmost importance and I look forward to working with the team to continue instilling security into the DNA of Zoom," said Lee.

The company said Lee will lead the company's security team and report to its Chief Operating Officer Aparna Bawa.

"Our customers' security is extremely important and is at the core of everything we do. We are excited to welcome Jason, who has deep industry experience, understands the complexity of servicing a wide variety of users and can lead Zoom's efforts to strengthen the security of our platform during this time of rapid expansion," Bawa said.


By Baek Byung-yeul

Jason Lee, chief information security officer at Zoom Video Communications
Jason Lee, chief information security officer at Zoom Video Communications
Video conferencing software company Zoom Video Communications has appointed a former executive of Microsoft and Salesforce as its chief information security officer (CISO) as part of its efforts to improve privacy and security protection measures.

The software company said Jason Lee, former senior vice president of security operations at U.S.-based customer relationship management system provider Salesforce, will serve as CISO starting Monday.

Lee has spent 20 years of his career in information security and operating mission critical services. Before working at Salesforce, he was a principal director of security engineering at Microsoft.

Zoom has quickly grown into a major player as a video conferencing platform after social distancing practices and working home became the new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were 10 million daily users as of December 2019 across the world, the company now counts more than 300 million daily users.

To meet the growing challenges of maintaining cybersecurity compliance, Zoom announced a 90-day freeze on releasing new features, to better focus on safety and privacy. As the company is nearing the end of the 90-day security and privacy plan, the company said Lee will concentrate on continuing Zoom's path of putting the security and privacy of its users first.

"Zoom is on an incredible journey of growth and I am thrilled to bring my experience of running world-class security organizations to the company. Ensuring that customers trust our products is of the utmost importance and I look forward to working with the team to continue instilling security into the DNA of Zoom," said Lee.

The company said Lee will lead the company's security team and report to its Chief Operating Officer Aparna Bawa.

"Our customers' security is extremely important and is at the core of everything we do. We are excited to welcome Jason, who has deep industry experience, understands the complexity of servicing a wide variety of users and can lead Zoom's efforts to strengthen the security of our platform during this time of rapid expansion," Bawa said.


Baek Byung-yeul baekby@koreatimes.co.kr

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