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FireHost Grows Customer Base Over 40 Percent in Q3; Names New CTO

October 28, 2009 by  

Hosting Tools DALLAS, TX – FireHost, a secure Web hosting company, is leading the charge for the secure hosting market with strong growth in Q3 and even stronger projections for Q4. As more small to mid-size businesses incorporate ecommerce into their online operations and store valuable data collected from the Web, the need for protection from hackers and cybercrime is higher than ever. FireHost offers enterprise-level security to the SMB market with application layer protection, and the secure hosting provider is gaining significant traction with clients such as Kevin Mitnick, famed hacker from the ’80s and ’90s, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Pizza Inn, and Jigsaw Health.

FireHost has successfully protected the popular online community for the National Breast Cancer Foundation since 2008. Their previous host provided fully managed hosting with firewall protection, but that wasn’t enough. “It’s been a top priority for us to partner with a secure hosting provider who can keep our forum free of spam and protect our members’ information. After switching to FireHost, we realized cybercriminals accounted for nearly 15 percent of our Web site traffic,” said Kevin Williams, executive director of marketing of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “Our website is meant to be a safe haven for cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Hackers were compromising our entire mission, but FireHost was able to stop them when our previous hosting provider could not.”

FireHost started offering secure hosting services in 2008 and had their official marketing launch in June 2009. Since that launch, the company has experienced double-digit revenue growth month-over-month. The company attributes this growth to threat awareness among SMBs that have experienced recent attacks from hackers on their Web site and learned the hard way that traditional hosting companies do not offer advanced protection and do not manage security for them. Chris Drake, CEO and founder of FireHost goes on to say, “It is a devastating experience for a business’ valuable data to be compromised. With standard hosting providers, by the time a company learns they’ve been hacked or compromised in some way it’s often months after the malicious activity actually started. That’s why FireHost provides proactive, enterprise-level security to SMBs at the application level, where SMBs are often most vulnerable.”

Jigsaw Health has hosted its ecommerce site with FireHost for several years and has never experienced a security breach. “We chose FireHost because it’s not just about being PCI compliant and keeping up with ecommerce best practices, it’s about selecting a company that continuously looks into the future of security needs,” said Patrick Sullivan, CEO of Jigsaw Health. “We’re dealing with our customers’ financial data, as well as personal health information, so securing records and identities are our top priority. With FireHost we are fully confident that this information will remain secure now and over time.”

FireHost also added a new CTO, Jason Rieger, to its executive team. Prior to joining FireHost, Rieger was a senior engineer at Accudata Systems where he developed key security and other IT initiatives on Web sites with enterprise hosting environments. Companies he’s worked with include, 7-Eleven, Brinker International, Acme Brick Company, and Methodist health system.

About FireHost, Inc.
FireHost, Inc. is a Dallas, TX-based secure web hosting company that delivers enterprise-quality secure hosting solutions to SMBs. Specializing in Web site security and high traffic needs, FireHost’s advanced security and managed hosting helps protect all customers from threats to their websites, applications, and other valuable data as a standard part of every hosting plan.

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