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  Post #1 (permalink)   03-23-2017, 10:43 AM
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GoDaddy is bolstering its security portfolio with the acquisition of website security platform provider Sucuri, according to a Wednesday announcement. Sucuri will continue its normal business operations, while GoDaddy will extend Sucuri’s security services to its customers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The companies said together they plan to offer new security products “in the near future.”

Sucuri offers tools to mitigate security incidents, and preserve website reputations when they are attacked. According to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report 2016, websites blacklisted following a hack experience an 80 percent drop in traffic lasting multiple days, and three out of four legitimate websites contain unpatched vulnerabilities, making robust threat response a potentially valuable add-on for GoDaddy customers.

See also: GoDaddy Expands Service Portfolio with Business Hosting

In addition to virtual vulnerability patching and malware scrubbing, Sucuri provides a WordPress security plug-in, according to the announcement, and is deeply involved in the WordPress community. GoDaddy has been steadily building up its WordPress portfolio, with recent moves including the September acquisition of ManageWP and December launch of Pro ManageWP as part of its Pro Program.

“The vast majority of our customers aren’t website security experts, nor should they need to be to secure their websites,” Kevin Doerr, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Security, GoDaddy said in a statement. “Combining Sucuri with GoDaddy’s scale will advance digital security for our customers by making it effortless, timely and affordable. We’ll continue to invest in Sucuri and jointly develop products that propel security solutions forward.”

Sucuri’s portfolio of offerings includes a web application firewall (WAF) and intrusion prevention system (IPS), a content distribution network (CDN) to manage traffic and optimize performance, a cloud-based backup service, real-time DDoS mitigation, and continuous monitoring.

“Since our inception we have always had a single goal of protecting our customers’ websites. We achieve this with two very simple approaches: build things that deliver value and that stay ahead of emerging threats,” said Sucuri founder Daniel Cid. “We now have the opportunity to take this same philosophy from a few hundred thousand sites to millions of sites. From our conversations with GoDaddy it became clear that we share the same customer-first philosophy and commitment to helping customers be secure online.”

Sucuri’s security research and analysis has lead to the discovery of numerous vulnerabilities, including malicious credit-card scraping code injected into e-commerce modules disclosed earlier this month, and a WordPress REST API Endpoint bug discovered in January by one of the company’s researchers.
I'm not entirely sure what to think about this... We've been really happy with Sucuri for a long time now... I hope this doesn't mean Sucuri gets run into the ground or completely changed.
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  Post #2 (permalink)   03-23-2017, 06:16 PM
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Time to lock in a 1 year price contract before they change pricing

Always concerned when GoDaddy purchases something as they roll it into their own support team and that's usually a bad thing.

It does open the door for a new product with better service though!
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  Post #3 (permalink)   03-23-2017, 08:37 PM
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Hopefully having more security options to website owners, at a reasonable low cost, is the result of this acquisition from GD. Maybe one of their new product lineups includes a new "streamlined" Malware Cleanup Plan for under 100 bucks. Whatever they put together, as long as they continue to innovate and provide good support and hit a good price point, everything should go well.

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This could be a plus, but only time will time will tell. GoDaddy seems to have been making some improvements lately. This acquisition should help them.
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  Post #5 (permalink)   03-27-2017, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Registernuke View Post
Maybe one of their new product lineups includes a new "streamlined" Malware Cleanup Plan for under 100 bucks.
This is what I"m guessing too, but it'll be a double-edged sword. Instead of providing support to users, they'll lump it off to "security concerns" and require people to purchase a package rather than trying to assist and help.

That's the big difference between the smaller and larger hosting companies. Smaller ones are USUALLY willing to help and troubleshoot scripts and even programming rather than just passing it off and saying "sorry, we provide hosting only".

Ran into this yesterday with a client using HubSpot. They provide an RSS feed but it was causing an error. So they contacted HubSpot which promptly told them "we provide the RSS fields for integration, but not provide support for it, you will need to hire a programmer."

Poor support in my opinion!
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As mentioned, best bet is to lock in the price now. Never cared for GoDaddy. Seems like for every improvement they make, 3 other things fall apart. Their customer service/support is a joke to me at this point.
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  Post #7 (permalink)   04-16-2017, 10:59 PM
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Sadly I think as described issues will be passed off to the "security department".

Remember when GoDaddy would sell private name registrations through a mysterious company that no one could reach. No one answered the phone. No emails ever replied to...and I remember speaking to a Godaddy agent years ago, and them saying they could not contact them.

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Godaddy's one of the worst. This just assures me that I'll never go with sucuri
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