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Imperva Inc.
Traded as NYSEIMPV
Industry IT security
Founded 2002
Headquarters 3400 Bridge Parkway [1], Redwood Shores, CA, United States
Area served
Key people
Anthony Bettencourt (CEO)
Amichai Shulman (CTO)
Terry Schmid (CFO)
Michael Mooney (CRO)
Kim DeCarlis (CMO)
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)
Subsidiaries Incapsula, Inc
Skyfence, Inc

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.[2]


Imperva, originally named WEBcohort, was founded in 2002 by Shlomo Kramer, Amichai Shulman and Mickey Boodaei.[3] The following year the company shipped its first product, SecureSphere Web Application Database Protection, a web application firewall.[4] In 2004, the company changed its name to Imperva[5] and continued its growth throughout the following years by expanding into Europe[6] and Asia.[7] In 2010 the company introduced the Imperva SecureSphere File Security product family to help mitigate insider threats.[8]

In 2011 Imperva went public and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IMPV).[9] That year it also introduced a Cloud Web Application Firewall for the mid-market called ImpervaCloud powered by Incapsula[10]—a startup seeded by Imperva. In 2013 Imperva announced ThreatRadar Community Defense, a crowd-sourced threat intelligence service.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] In 2015, the company announced Imperva CounterBreach, a solution that protects enterprise data from theft and loss by insiders.[14] In 2016 the company introduced a data masking solution called Imperva Camouflage.[15]

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.[16]

Database security[edit]

Imperva’s database security solutions secure sensitive data stored in databases against compromises of their confidentiality, integrity and availability by providing full visibility into data usage, vulnerabilities and access rights to security, audit and risk professionals by combining remote assessment scans, agent-based monitoring and network activity monitoring.

File security[edit]

Imperva’s file security solutions protect sensitive files on file servers, storage devices, and content repositories, as well as provide full visibility into data ownership, usage and access rights, which according to Gartner’s Neil MacDonald is crucial to improving file data security.[17]


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:

Industry recognition[edit]


  • Named Best Data Security/Loss Management Solution by the 2014 Government Security News Homeland Security Awards Program[24]
  • Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Imperva for Becoming the Revenue Leader in the Web Application Firewall Market and for its Acquisition of Incapsula[25]
  • Imperva Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewall[26]
  • Imperva Named Web Application Firewall Vendor of the Year at 2014 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards".[27]


  • Named the Wall Street Journal’s “Next Big Thing”. Ranked tenth out of 50, and the highest ranked security vendor.[28]
  • Named a leader in Forrester’s Wave on Database Activity Monitoring.[29]
  • Named the top vendor for WAF in Japan.[30]
  • Awarded 2010 Everything Channel Partner Program Guide and Five-Star Partner Rating
  • Introduced ThreatRadar To Mitigate Automated, Industrialized Cyber Attacks
  • InfoSecurity magazine names Imperva’s WAF product of the year.
  • SC Magazine names SecureSphere as a runner up product of the year.
  • SC Magazine Australia names SecureSphere as product of the year.


  • Named One of 50 Hottest Companies for 2009 in TiEcon Competition
  • SecureSphere Achieves Common Criteria Certification
  • Finalist in SC Awards 2009 SecureSphere Best Web Application Security Solution
  • ICSA Labs certified Imperva SecureSphere Web Application Firewall


  • 2008 Editor's Best Award from SQL Server Magazine
  • Techworld names SecureSphere a winner for Network Application Product of the Year
  • Shlomo Kramer Named CEO of the Year by SC Magazine
  • Information Security Magazine "Imperva presented the strongest all-around (WAF) offering"
  • Finalist in for SC Magazine Excellence Award - Best Enterprise Security Solution
  • RSA Secured® Partner Program Certification


  • Red Herring 100 Global Award
  • Editor's Choice Award from InformationWeek Magazine
  • Red Herring 100 Award—One of the top private companies in North America
  • 2007 Readers' Choice Award from Information Security Magazine
  • Finalist in the SC Magazine Awards 2007 Europe Best Security Solution for Healthcare
  • One of the 25 Best Security Innovations for 2007 by Financial IT Security Magazine


  • InfoWorld CTO 25 List name Amichai Shulman
  • Editor's Choice for Web Application Firewall by Network Computing
  • eWeek Excellence Award
  • Shlomo Kramer - Top 20 People Who Changed the Network Industry by Network World
  • Most Innovative at the invitation-only RSA Conference 2006 Innovation Station Showdown
  • Security Company to Watch by Red Herring Magazine


  • Yankee Group Names Imperva "Market Leader" in Web Application Firewalls
  • CRN gives Imperva SecureSphere Database Security Gateway 5-Star Recommendation
  • Finalist for Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies
  • Finalist for Software Newcomer of the Year 2005 "CODiE" Awards


  • CRN gives Imperva SecureSphere Web Application Firewall 5-Star Recommendation
  • InfoWorld product review gives Imperva the highest score in application security
  • WebCohort, Inc. changes company name to Imperva, Inc.


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  17. ^ MacDonald, Neil. "Why Does Identifying Data Owners Have To Be So Hard". 
  18. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2010-1-20). "If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe". The New York Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  19. ^ Rachwald, Rob (2011-05-30). "PBS Breached - How Hackers Probably Did It". 
  20. ^ Jacob, Marc (June 2011). "Imperva Releases Details of How SEP Works". 
  21. ^ Cohen, Noam (12/9/2010). "Web Attackers Find a Cause in WikiLeaks". The New York Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  22. ^ Acohido, Byron (2011-06-26). "Governments, Businesses, People Caught in Hacker Crossfire". USA Today. 
  23. ^ Steinberg, Scott (2011-07-27). "Hackers Attack Web Apps Once Every Two Minutes". 
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  28. ^ "Wall Street Journal's "Next Big Thing" List 2010". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Database Auditing and Real-time Protection". 
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