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Imperva Inc.
Traded as NYSEIMPV
Industry IT security
Founded 2002
Headquarters Redwood Shores, CA, United States
Area served
Key people
Anthony Bettencourt (CEO)
Products Data Security, Web Application Security, Database Security, File Security, Sharepoint Security, DDoS Protection, Breach Prevention, Cloud Security
Revenue Increase $234.29 million (2015)
Decrease -$47.7 million (2015)
Total equity Increase $240.3 million (2015)
Number of employees
1000+ (June 2016)

Imperva provides cyber security software and services to protect companies’ sensitive data and application software from both external attacks and internal threats, and to ensure regulatory compliance. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Imperva has more than 4,500 customers and 500 partners in over 90 countries.[1]


Imperva, originally named WEBcohort, was founded in 2002 by Shlomo Kramer, Amichai Shulman and Mickey Boodaei.[2] The following year the company shipped its first product, SecureSphere Web Application Database Protection, a web application firewall.[3] In 2004, the company changed its name to Imperva.[4] In 2010 the company introduced the Imperva SecureSphere File Security product family to help mitigate insider threats.[5]

In 2011 Imperva went public and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IMPV).[6] That year it also introduced a Cloud Web Application Firewall for the mid-market called ImpervaCloud powered by Incapsula[7]—a startup seeded by Imperva. In 2013 Imperva announced ThreatRadar Community Defense, a crowd-sourced threat intelligence service.[8] In 2014 the company acquired the remaining shares of Incapsula, a cloud security gateway startup named SkyFence, and real-time mainframe security auditing agents from Tomium Software.[9] Later that year, Anthony Bettencourt replaced Shlomo Kramer as the President and CEO, and the following year he replaced Kramer as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.[10] In 2015, the company announced Imperva CounterBreach, a solution that protects enterprise data from theft and loss by insiders.[11] In 2016 the company introduced a data masking solution called Imperva Camouflage.[12]

Data security products[edit]

Imperva currently sells SecureSphere, an appliance and has three main components: web application firewalls, database activity monitoring, and file activity monitoring.[13]


Imperva has a dedicated research team, the Application Defense Center (ADC), that actively researches current threats and hacker trends. Notably, the ADC launched a Hacker Intelligence Initiative that has helped illuminate hacker activity and organization. Contributions:


  1. ^ "About Imperva - Data and Application Security Leader". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Check Point founder returns to source to fund new venture". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "WebCohort secures the 'Enterprise Application Sphere'". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Villano, Matt. "WebCohort Changes Name to Imperva". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Inc., Imperva,. "Imperva Introduces File Security Family to Help Mitigate Insider Threats". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Imperva IPO goes high at $90M - Silicon Valley Business Journal". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Imperva Cloud Service Takes Strain Of DDoS Attacks - TechWeekEurope UK". 7 September 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
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  9. ^ "Imperva Makes Three Acquisitions, Unveils New Cloud Strategy - SecurityWeek.Com". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Anthony J. Bettencourt: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
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  13. ^ DeMuth, Jr., Chris (22 June 2016). "Tesla-SolarCity Fails Economics". Seeking Alpha. M&A Daily. Imperva. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2010-1-20). "If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe". The New York Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ Rachwald, Rob (2011-05-30). "PBS Breached - How Hackers Probably Did It". 
  16. ^ Jacob, Marc (June 2011). "Imperva Releases Details of How SEP Works". 
  17. ^ Cohen, Noam (12/9/2010). "Web Attackers Find a Cause in WikiLeaks". The New York Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  18. ^ Acohido, Byron (2011-06-26). "Governments, Businesses, People Caught in Hacker Crossfire". USA Today. 
  19. ^ Steinberg, Scott (2011-07-27). "Hackers Attack Web Apps Once Every Two Minutes". 

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