Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Imperva for Becoming the Revenue Leader in the Web Application Firewall Market and for its Acquisition of Incapsula

— The superior flexibility of deployment and complete coverage offered by Imperva solutions are key technology differentiators

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the Web application firewall (WAF) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Imperva (NYSE: IMPV) with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership for excellence in capturing the highest market revenue within its industry. Imperva provides a number of advanced security technologies and flexible deployment models to protect customers’ Web applications against a wide range of threats. Incapsula, a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperva, is a content delivery network (CDN) provider that offers Web application delivery, acceleration, and security for businesses of all sizes.

2014 Global Web Application Firewall Market Leadership Award

2014 Global Web Application Firewall Market Leadership Award

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Incapsula anticipated the emergence of Web security-as-a-service and stayed a step ahead of most of its rivals by offering cloud-based WAF solutions. With Incapsula, Imperva has not only a service-based offering for WAF, but also access to the Incapsula network-based distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection technology that complements the Imperva on-premise DDoS protection.

Meanwhile, the home-grown security platform from Imperva, SecureSphere, protects data centers in enterprise organizations where reliability and performance are crucial. The solution provides comprehensive data center protection, including solutions for WAF, file security, and database security. Its SecureSphere Web Application Firewall has, in particular, earned a reputation for accuracy and scalability. 

Frost & Sullivan research reveals that an important factor in the company’s success is its reputation for providing quality products that meet the demanding availability and scalability requirements of data center deployments.

Two important security technologies included in the SecureSphere Web Application Firewall are the Imperva Correlated Attack Validation engine and Dynamic Profiling engine. The Correlated Attack Validation engine uses multiple data points to identify known attack patterns and unknown threats. On the other hand, Dynamic Profiling automatically learns normal application behavior to identify deviations. The latter can adapt to application changes over time and be used to enforce policies based on user behavior.

"Apart from being ICSA Labs-certified, the SecureSphere Web Application Firewall protects against a range of attacks, including threats on the OWASP Top 10 List as well as emerging threats," said Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Chris Rodriguez. "It utilizes detection techniques such as dynamic profiling, protocol validation, bot detection, anti-scraping, virtual patching, anti-fraud, IP reputation, and signatures to ensure accurate detection of threats with low false positives."

"Imperva was an early innovator in the Web Application Firewall market, and this award is great validation that we continue to lead the market when it comes to providing the defenses that enterprises need to protect their structured and unstructured data and apps, and that of their customers," said Anthony Bettencourt, President and CEO of Imperva. "Knowing that it’s not ‘if’ but ‘when’ a cyber attack might hit, Imperva remains committed to its goal of providing solutions that are truly the best line of defense between our customers’ data assets, and bad actors, providing protection from attack, theft and fraud."

Further pulling ahead of the competition, Imperva WAF appliances offer a selection of deployment options that include transparent reverse proxy, transparent inline bridge, and out-of-band. Each option yields different levels of control, allowing customers to find the balance that best meets their needs.

Imperva continues to improve its product line by incorporating solutions that protect data and applications in cloud computing and virtualized environments. SecureSphere WAF is available on AWS, VMWare-based SecureSphere Virtual Appliances, or as a blade for Blue Coat X-Series appliances. This high level of flexibility for WAF deployment enables customers to protect important applications, regardless of where they reside.

In addition to these product benefits, Incapsula provides a more user-friendly solution with minimal capital expenditure. While these advantages appeal most to small- and medium-sized businesses, Incapsula services provide an additional set of options and value to enterprise organizations.

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About Imperva

Imperva, pioneering the third pillar of enterprise security, fills the gaps in endpoint and network security by directly protecting high-value applications and data assets in physical and virtual data centers. With an integrated security platform built specifically for modern threats, Imperva data center security provides the visibility and control needed to neutralize attack, theft, and fraud from inside and outside the organization, mitigate risk, and streamline compliance. Over 3,500 customers in more than 90 countries rely on our SecureSphere® platform to safeguard their business. Imperva is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. Learn more:, our blog, on Twitter.

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