SiteLock Boosts Website Protection Portfolio with Patchman Acquisition

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SiteLock has acquired Dutch web security startup Patchman to add its server level website protection capabilities and amplify its global reach, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Patchman proactively identifies and patches vulnerabilities in popular CMS platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla for hosting providers. It launched in 2014, and currently offers virtual server plans for $20 a month and dedicated server plans for $45.

“The vision of Patchman aligns with SiteLock very well. We’re excited to join forces and execute on our shared goal of securing every website on the internet,” Neill Feather, president of SiteLock said in a statement. “This acquisition will double the number of websites we protect, allowing us to increase our knowledge base, better identify malware patterns and more effectively mitigate threats. In addition, we can now provide more options for hosting providers around the world to work with us, and ensure high quality solutions are available to their end customers.”

The acquisition of Patchman positions Sitelock to accelerate its growth with greater support and services for the hosting community, it says, and brings it to more than 500 global partners, including Host Papa, Blacknight, InMotion Hosting, Web Africa and UK2 Group.

“The Patchman team is thrilled to join forces with SiteLock, as combining our unique technologies presents many new and exciting opportunities,” said Wouter de Vries, founder of Patchman. “We look forward to accelerating our already impressive growth and continuing to deliver top notch web security solutions worldwide.”

Integration plans were not detailed in the announcement, but several job openings remain posted to the Patchman website. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Unpatched vulnerabilities were brought to widespread public attention by the May ransomware attack that crippled a large part of Britain’s National Health Service. WordPress-focused website security firm Sucuri was acquired by GoDaddy in March.

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