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Zooming Ahead Safely and Securely: SANS Interviews Zoom’s Head of Product Security

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM EDT (2020-05-19 15:00:00 UTC)
  • John Pescatore, Randolph Barr

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many organizations to quickly jump into increased or even first-time dependence on remote work, often relying on teleconferencing and collaboration products that they had never used before. Zoom in particular has seen huge growth in use by businesses, governments, schools and just about everyone else.

Attackers noticed this trend and rapidly began to exploit vulnerabilities and missing security features in Zooms services. Zooms CEO apologized and redirected Zoom to focus completely on security vs. new features and since then Zoom has released a stream of software upgrades and more security features. Recently, Zoom made its first acquisition, an encryption key management firm. But enterprise security questions have many questions around how much progress has Zoom really made in raising the bar in security and what will it be doing from here?

In this SANS webinar, Director of Emerging Security Trends John Pescatore will interview Randy Barr, Head of Product Security a Zoom to get answers to those and other questions around current and future support for secure business use of Zoom as many business begin to transition to a mix of in office and at home operations. Join us in the webinar so to get a solid foundation for your planning long term support for secure teleconferencing and online collaboration.

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013 after more than 13 years as lead security analyst for Gartner, running consulting groups at Trusted Information Systems and Entrust, 11 years with GTE, and service with both the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the U.S. Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems and "the occasional ballistic armor installation." John has testified before Congress about cybersecurity, was named one of the 15 most-influential people in security in 2008 and is an NSA-certified cryptologic engineer.

Randolph Barr

Currently the Head of Product Security at Zoom Video Communications. Most recently, Barr served as CISO at Topia, overseeing security for the company’s global cloud-based platform. As the former CISO at Aryaka Networks, Saba, the Talent Development company, Barr created the company's global security program from the ground up, including policy creation, logical and technical controls, vulnerability assessment and a mechanism for weaving security review into the product development lifecycle. Prior to Saba, Barr held chief security and IT management positions at leading cloud companies including ServiceSource, Qualys, Yodlee and WebEx Communications.

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