Zoom has benefitted greatly during the period when working from home has increased, with its share price surging as it became one of the few technology firms to gain such a boost during the COVID-19 flare-up.
But along with that, Zoom has also come under scrutiny as vulnerabilities in its software came to light and the company took a battering in the media.
Following that, Zoom said it was embarking on a 90-day plan to strengthen its security. Keybase will be used to help build end-to-end encryption, the company said in a statement released overnight in New York and San Jose.
"This is what Zoom plans to build, giving our users security, ease of use, and scale, all at once. 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.io co-founder and developer Max Krohn said: “Keybase is thrilled to join Team Zoom! Our team is passionate about security and privacy, and it is an honour to be able to bring our encryption expertise to a platform used by hundreds of millions of participants a day.”
Yuan has authored a blog post to explain the way Keybase will be used to offer greater security to Zoom users.