Imperva

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Imperva Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryIT security
Founded2002
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Pam Murphy (CEO)
ProductsSecurity Software and Services
OwnerThoma Bravo
Number of employees
1000+ (January 2020)
Websitewww.imperva.com

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.

History[edit]

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]

Acquisitions[edit]

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]

Services[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Check Point founder returns to source to fund new venture". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ McIntosh, John (September 10, 2003). "WebCohort secures the 'Enterprise Application Sphere'". TechTarget. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ Villano, Matt (February 12, 2004). "WebCohort Changes Name to Imperva". CRN. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Imperva IPO goes high at $90M". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Imperva Appoints Anthony J. Bettencourt As New President and CEO". Imperva. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  6. ^ Dale, Brady (November 29, 2016). "Three Whitehat Countermeasures to the Botnet Threat". The New York Observer.
  7. ^ Anderson, Will (9 February 2017). "Austin cybersecurity software maker opens wallet for $40M buyout". Austin Business Journal.
  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. Check |archive-url= value (help)
  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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