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|Founder||Shlomo Kramer, Amichai Shulman, Mickey Boodaei|
|Pam Murphy (CEO)|
|Products||Security Software and Services|
Number of employees
|1000+ (January 2020)|
Imperva is a cyber security software and services company which provides protection to enterprise data and application software. The company is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California.
Imperva, originally named WEBcohort, was founded in 2002 by Shlomo Kramer, Amichai Shulman and Mickey Boodaei. The following year the company shipped its first product, SecureSphere Web Application Database Protection, a web application firewall. In 2004, the company changed its name to Imperva.
In 2011, Imperva went public and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IMPV). In 2014, the company acquired the remaining shares of Incapsula, a Cloud Application Security Broker CASB startup named SkyFence, and real-time mainframe security auditing agents from Tomium Software. In August 2014, Imperva named Anthony Bettencourt CEO.
In 2016, Imperva published a free scanner designed to detect devices infected with, or vulnerable to, the Mirai botnet. In February 2017, Imperva sold Skyfence to Forcepoint for $40 million. In February 2017, Imperva purchased Camouflage, a data masking company.
In August 2017, Imperva named Chris Hylen, the former CEO of Citrix GetGo, as its new president and CEO. Imperva's former CEO, Anthony Bettencourt, resigned as chairman of the board of directors in February 2018. In August 2018, Imperva acquired Prevoty, a runtime application self-protection (RASP) security company. Also in 2018, Imperva identified a bug in the popular web browser Google Chrome which had been allowing attackers to steal information via HTML tags for audio and video files.
In 2019, Imperva was acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo. In July of that year, Imperva acquired Distil Networks for its bot management capabilities. Imperva then suffered a breach of its own when it notified customers that it learned about a security incident that exposed sensitive information for some users of Incapsula, the company’s cloud-based Web Application Firewall (WAF) product.CEO Chris Hylen left in October 2019 and Thoma Bravo Chairman of the Board, Charles Goodman, became interim CEO.
In January 2020, Imperva named Pam Murphy Chief Executive Officer.
Service and features
Imperva’s full-stack solution contains products for both application and data security. It offers multi-layered protection to ensure a company’s websites and applications are always available and secure, whether they’re located on-premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment.
Imperva offers eight application security solutions:
- Web Application Firewall (WAF) - Deployed on-premises, in AWS or Azure, or as a cloud service itself, Imperva WAF analyzes and inspects requests coming in to a company’s applications, allowing legitimate traffic through and keeping bad traffic out.
- DDoS Protection - Available for websites, networks, domain name servers (DNS), and IPs, Imperva DDoS Protection immediately mitigates the largest DDoS attacks without incurring latency or interfering with legitimate users.
- Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) - RASP sits within applications to protect against known and zero-day vulnerabilities. Using patented LangSec techniques, which treat data as code, RASP has full context of potentially malicious payloads before the application completes its processes.
- API Security - Protects websites and APIs with an intuitive single stack approach to detecting and blocking exploits. Enforces positive security models automatically, integrating seamlessly with leading API Gateway vendors.
- Bot Management - Collects and analyzes bot traffic to pinpoint anomalies, protecting an organization’s websites, mobile applications and APIs from automated threats without affecting the flow of business-critical traffic. Further protection is provided by rate limits based on device fingerprints, rather than IPs.
- Account Takeover (ATO) Protection - Utilizes a multi-layered, intent-based detection process to identify and defend against cybercriminals’ attempts to take over users’ accounts for malicious purposes.
- Attack Analytics - The cloud-based solution employs artificial intelligence and machine learning to correlate and distill thousands of security events into a few readable security narratives.
- Application Delivery - Helps websites and applications run faster with content caching, load balancing, and failover delivered via a security-enabled content delivery network (CDN). Imperva also offers five data security solutions:
Imperva also offers five data security solutions:
- Data Activity Monitoring (DAM) - Provides enterprise-wide visibility of database activity across supported on-premises and cloud environments.
- Data Risk Analytics - Uses machine learning and data risk analytics to identify suspicious data access and prioritize threats.
- Data Masking - Protects sensitive data from exposure in non-production or DevOps environments. Uses deterministic and random approaches to ensure consistency while platform-specific optimizations and an open architecture enable platform-agnostic and scalable masking.
- Discovery and Assessment - Automates database discovery and classification to discover unknown databases, classify sensitive data, and detect database vulnerabilities.
- File Security - Protects sensitive files from cybercriminals and malicious insiders by continuously monitoring all user access to enterprise file storage systems and keeping a detailed record of all file access activity, including privileged users.
In addition, Imperva provides cybersecurity solutions that meet the unique security and compliance needs of different industries and regulations:
Awards and recognitions
In 2013, Imperva’s SecureSphere won SC Magazine Australia’s Gatekeeper Award. In the same year, it received the Frost & Sullivan Southeast Asia Web Application Market Share Leadership Award for the second consecutive year.
In 2014, Imperva was recognized as the Web Application Firewall Vendor of the Year at the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards.
In 2015, Cyber Defense Magazine awarded Imperva Most Innovative Cloud Security Solution, and Most Innovative Data Center Security Solution.
In 2016, Imperva won ICSA Labs’ Excellence in Information Security Testing Award, recognizing the company for its successful completion of 10 years of continuous ICSA Labs information security testing.
In 2017, Imperva’s WAF solutions won the Trust Award for best Web Application Solutions at the SC Awards. The same year, Imperva was featured in CRN’s Security 100 list, as one of the coolest Identity Management and Data Protection Vendors.
In 2018, Imperva WAF was recognized by customers in Gartner’s peer insight Customer Choice as one of the best WAFs of the year. For the second consecutive year, Imperva’s PartnerSphere Channel Program was featured in CRN’s Cloud Partner Program Guide and designated a 5-Star Security Vendor.
In 2019, Imperva was recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the Asia-Pacific WAF Vendor of the Year. The same year, the company was recognized for the sixth consecutive year as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAFs. CRN recognized Imperva’s Jim Ritchings and Kirt Jorgenson as “Channel Chiefs” (Jorgenson for the third consecutive year). Imperva FlexProtect for Database won Best Database Security in the 2019 SC Awards.
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