Built for WordPress, the New Advanced Security Solution Protects Digital Experiences and Enhances the Customer Experience

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 5, 2018 – WP Engine, the WordPress digital experience platform, today announced the launch of Global Edge Security, an enterprise-class advanced security solution built from Cloudflare’s Internet performance and security solutions.

Global Edge Security integrates WP Engine’s platform, which powers more than 80,000 global customers, with Cloudflare’s managed web application firewall (WAF), advanced distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation, SSL/TLS encryption, and CDN across a global edge network spanning more than 70 countries to deliver secure, scalable digital experiences on WordPress.

The threats are real, but the solution is better.

Created by the leading brands in WordPress digital experiences and cloud security, WP Engine’s Global Edge Security is a cloud-first, high performance, advanced security solution built on Cloudflare’s intelligent network, providing the best security protection against top Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) security vulnerabilities, nefarious acts and DDoS attacks threatening to black out digital businesses. Enterprises who fail to secure their digital experiences leave themselves vulnerable to attack and will inevitably experience a negative impact on revenue, end-user engagement, brand reputation and customer churn.

Global Edge Security key benefits:

  • Protects business operations with DDoS mitigation – Protects the origin infrastructure by detecting and dropping volumetric attacks at the edge of the Cloudflare Anycast network, which provides for highly efficient network routing.
  • Secures customer data with SSL/TLS encryptionWeb traffic passes through the Cloudflare global network for encryption to prevent unwanted breaches, and this encryption protects sites from receiving the “not secure” label per Chrome v.68 updates.
  • Ensures app and server availability with managed WAF – Identifies new attack patterns and dynamically creates new WAF rules accordingly, protecting all WAF customers from known WordPress-specific vulnerabilities and emerging threats.
  • Accelerates Internet applications with Cloudflare CDN – Cloudflare’s CDN reduces latency for faster delivery and provides full resilience in the face of high traffic volume or network congestion for a greatly enhanced, more consistent experience.

Security in an insecure world

A recent string of high-profile incidents highlights the pressing need for cybersecurity.

    • Privacy: A retailer’s data breach exposed the credit/debit card information and/or contact information for over 100 million customers
    • Ransomware: The WannaCry attack caused worldwide damage estimated at between $1.5 to $4 billion
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: A recent acquisition between a telco and a search company resulted in the latter’s valuation being steeply discounted due to a data breach

It comes then as no surprise that Gartner forecasts worldwide enterprise security spending to total $96.3 billion in 2018. Organizations are spending more on security as a result of these incidents, increased regulations, shifting buyer mindsets, awareness of emerging threats and higher levels of digital transformation across all industries necessitating greater security of customer data.

“Given the potential for material operational, financial and reputational losses, cybersecurity is quickly becoming a top boardroom imperative for companies of all size,” said Lee McClendon, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at WP Engine. “As the value of data increases, the number of breaches will rise. Given this new reality, we partnered with Cloudflare to develop a solution for our customers that secures their WordPress digital experiences, protects data, safeguards operations and keeps threats far away via the global edge network.”

“There are a growing number of challenges and threats facing WordPress sites around the world,” said Chris Merritt, Chief Revenue Officer at Cloudflare. “WP Engine’s use of Cloudflare’s services presents a unique solution for companies looking for the highest level of protection and performance across the globe.”

WP Engine customers can learn more about Global Edge Security and order it here.

About WP Engine
WP Engine is the WordPress Digital Experience Platform that gives companies of all sizes the agility, performance, intelligence, and integrations they need to drive their business forward faster. WP Engine’s combination of tech innovation and an award-winning team of WordPress experts are trusted by over 80,000 companies across 135 countries to provide counsel and support, helping brands create world-class digital experiences. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in San Francisco, California; San Antonio, Texas; London, England; Limerick, Ireland and Brisbane, Australia.

About Cloudflare

Cloudflare, Inc. (www.cloudflare.com / @cloudflare) is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, Washington, DC, London, and Singapore.