March 9, 2016 Last Updated 8:38 am

Eric Murphy appointed Director of Security at WP Engine

Prior to joining the WordPress hosting company, Murphy was president of Welcome Web Studios, and before that Director of Cloud Services at iland Internet Solutions

AUSTIN, Texas – March 9, 2016WP Engine, a leader in powering amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress, announced the appointment of Eric Murphy to Director of Security. Joining the executive team at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, Murphy will spearhead WP Engine’s practices around information security, threat research, compliance, and corporate security for its IT systems and operations as well as its products. He will report to Beth Weeks the Senior Vice President of Research & Development at WP Engine.

A multi-certified security specialist with over 15 years of industry experience, Murphy brings an extensive background working with virtualization technologies and cloud services to his new role leading WP Engine’s security team. He has a proven track record of creatively implementing advanced solutions that drive agility, efficiency, and scalability while maintaining the highest level of security.

“WP Engine is an innovating pioneer in managed WordPress hosting, as evidenced by the company’s 40,000+ customer base, reputation for unparalleled customer service, and strong reliability,” said Eric Murphy, Director of Security at WP Engine. “I was attracted by WP Engine’s commitment to advancement in the WordPress community and beyond. I’m thrilled to bring new energy to this passionate team at a critical time in their growth, helping to ensure that WP Engine is the world’s most trusted platform for managing and scaling sites built on WordPress.”

“Eric has the invaluable experience of launching multiple companies and growing technical teams, and we’re excited that his thirst for mentorship and open source are strongly aligned with our values at WP Engine,” said Beth Weeks, SVP of R&D of WP Engine. “With Eric at the helm of our security team, we’ll be strongly positioned to maximize the exceptional security and scalability of our managed hosting platform.”

Prior to joining WP Engine, Murphy served on executive teams for other industry-leading organizations where he led the development and management of security-focused, highly efficient data processing, e-commerce, mobile, and business development applications. In addition, he developed real-time threat modeling, built red and blue teams to war game security infrastructure, and created numerous information security and incident response programs. Murphy’s experience spans security and network architecture for multiple organizations and industries.

Earlier in 2015, WP Engine secured $23 million in investment, bringing the company’s total VC funding to $41.2 million. Thousands of customers across 128 countries, from entrepreneurs and bloggers, to massive enterprise organizations such as AMD and Uber, depend on WP Engine to ensure their websites are safe, fast and scalable. Founded in 2010, WP Engine has grown alongside WordPress, the most popular content management system on the Internet powering over 25 percent of all sites today.

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