GoDaddy today is already being used by millions of companies to host their domains and an increasing number of those domains now run the open-source WordPress content management system.
In a bid to help provide advanced security services for all those WordPress customers, GoDaddy announced the acquisition of privately-held WordPress security vendor Sucuri on March 22. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed.
Sucuri is well known in the security community for its research capabilities that have led to multiple sets of disclosures on previously unknown WordPress vulnerabilities and attack vectors. The WordPress 4.7.2 update that was released in January 2017, patched a highly critical and very impactful unauthenticated content injection vulnerability in WordPress’ REST API, that was discovered and first reported by Sucuri. The current WordPress 4.7.3 update which was released in early March, also benefits from patches for vulnerabilities that were first discovered by Sucuri.
“Since our inception we have always had a single goal of protecting our customers’ websites,” Daniel Cid, Sucuri founder, said in a statement. “We achieve this with two very simple approaches: build things that deliver value and that stay ahead of emerging threats.”
“We now have the opportunity to take this same philosophy from a few hundred thousand sites to millions of sites,” Sid added. ” From our conversations with GoDaddy it became clear that we share the same customer-first philosophy and commitment to helping customers be secure online.”
GoDaddy has been actively expanding both its security and WordPress activities over the course of the last few years. In December 2016, GoDaddy acquired Host Europe Group for $1.79 billion growing its overall hosting business. That same month GoDaddy also acquired WordPress services firm WP Curve.
Overall, business has been strong for GoDaddy with solid financial results for its 2016 fiscal year. For 2016, GoDaddy reported total revenue of $1.8 billion for a 15 percent year-over-year gain.
“Our ability to serve our growing base of 14.7 million global customers with new tools and services continues to drive steady and sustainable growth now and into the future,” Blake Irving, Chief Executive Officer of GoDaddy stated.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.