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Imperva Inc.
IndustryIT security
United States
Area served
Key people
Pam Murphy (CEO)
ProductsSecurity Software and Services
OwnerThoma Bravo
Number of employees
1000+ (January 2020)

[1]Imperva is a cyber security software and services company which provides protection to enterprise data and application software. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, California.


Imperva, originally named WEBcohort, was founded in 2002 by Shlomo Kramer, Amichai Shulman and Mickey Boodaei.[1] The following year the company shipped its first product, SecureSphere Web Application Database Protection, a web application firewall.[2] In 2004, the company changed its name to Imperva.[3]

In 2011, Imperva went public and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IMPV).[4] In August 2014, Imperva named Anthony Bettencourt as CEO.[5] In 2016, it published a free scanner designed to detect devices infected with, or vulnerable to the Mirai botnet.[6]

In February 2017, Imperva sold Skyfence to Forcepoint for $40 million.[7] In August 2017, the company named Chris Hylen, the former CEO of Citrix GetGo, as its new president and CEO.[8] Its former CEO, Anthony Bettencourt, resigned as chairman of the board of directors in February 2018.[9] In 2018, Imperva identified a bug in Google Chrome which had been allowing attackers to steal information via HTML tags for audio and video files.[10]

In 2019, Imperva was acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo.[11] That same year, Imperva 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.[12] 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 as CEO.[13]


In 2014, Imperva acquired the complete shares of Incapsula, a cloud application security startup named SkyFence, and real-time mainframe security auditing assets from Tomium Software.[14] In February 2017, the company purchased Camouflage, a data masking company.[15]

In August 2018, Imperva acquired Prevoty, a runtime application self-protection (RASP) security company.[16] In July 2019, it acquired Distil Networks for its bot management capabilities. In October 2020, Imperva acquired database security startup jSonar for an undisclosed amount.[17]


Imperva’s software stack contains products for both application and data security. It provides layered protection to ensure a company’s website located on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment. The application security software includes Web Application Firewall (WAF), DDoS Protection, Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP), API Security, bot management, Account Takeover (ATO) protection, attack analytics and application delivery; and the data security software includes Data Activity Monitoring (DAM), data risk analytics, data masking, discovery and assessment and file security.[18][19][20][21]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

In 2013, Imperva received the Frost & Sullivan Southeast Asia Web Application Market Share Leadership Award for the second consecutive year.[22] In 2016, Imperva won ICSA Labs’ Excellence in Information Security Testing Award.[23] In 2017, Imperva was featured in CRN’s Security 100 list, as one of the coolest Identity Management and Data Protection Vendors.[24] In 2018, Imperva WAF was recognized by customers in Gartner’s peer insight Customer Choice as one of the best WAFs of the year.[25] In 2019, Imperva was recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the Asia-Pacific WAF Vendor of the Year.[26] In 2020, the company was recognized for the seventh consecutive year as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAFs.[27]


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  6. ^ Dale, Brady (November 29, 2016). "Three Whitehat Countermeasures to the Botnet Threat". The New York Observer.
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  8. ^ "BRIEF-Imperva names Christopher Hylen as president and CEO". Reuters. 10 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Elliott Associates 'Restarted' Information Security Company Imperva". Calcalist. 27 February 2018.
  10. ^ Plummer, Libby (2018-08-16). "Google Chrome bug discovered that could let hackers access your private data". mirror. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  11. ^ "Thoma Bravo Announces the Acquisition of Imperva". Toolbox. January 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Cybersecurity Firm Imperva Discloses Breach". KrebsOnSecurity. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  13. ^ "Imperva Names Pam Murphy as CEO". Imperva. Imperva. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  14. ^ Lennon, Mike. "Imperva Makes Three Acquisitions, Unveils New Cloud Strategy". SecurityWeek.Com. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  15. ^ Jones, Donovan (9 February 2017). "Imperva Acquires Camouflage Software For Data Masking System". Seeking Alpha.
  16. ^ "Imperva Completes the Acquisition of Prevoty". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  17. ^ Osborne, Charlie. "Imperva acquires database security startup jSonar". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  18. ^ Staff (15 July 2020). "Secure your APIs from cyberattacks with Imperva API Security". Globenet International.
  19. ^ Fregoni, Silvia (28 February 2020). "AI versus AI: Imperva fights threats using AI to analyze and predict security attacks". Silicon Angle.
  20. ^ Whittaker, Zack (October 1, 2020). "Imperva to acquire database security startup jSonar". TechCrunch.
  21. ^ Roberts, Edward (1 July 2020). "Imperva Prevents Client-Side Attacks like Formjacking and Magecart". Security Boulevard.
  22. ^ "2013 Frost & Sullivan Southeast Asia Web Application Firewall Market Share Leadership Award" (PDF). Imperva. Frost & Sullivan. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Announcing the 2016 Excellence in Information Security Testing Award Winners". ICSA Labs. ICSA Labs. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  24. ^ "2017 Security 100: 15 Coolest Identity Management And Data Protection Vendors". CRN. CRN. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  25. ^ "Best Web Application Firewalls Software of 2018 as Reviewed by Customers". Gartner. Gartner peerinsights. December 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Frost & Sullivan's Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards Honors the Top Companies in the Region". Frost & Sullivan. Frost & Sullivan. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Imperva Positioned A Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls for Seventh Year in a Row; Furthest in Completeness of Vision". GlobeNewswire News Room. 26 October 2020.

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