Imperva Beefs Up Cloud Security Offerings With Two Acquisitions

Imperva, Inc., an IT security vendor, announced it has agreed to acquire cloud security gateway startup Skyfence, and also intends to acquire the remaining shares of cloud-based web application security company Incapsula. The combination of these extends Imperva’s data center security strategy across the cloud with solutions that are unmatched in the industry.

“Our acquisition strategy for Skyfence and Incapsula are very similar,” said Shlomo Kramer, CEO of Imperva. “We seeded Incapsula four years ago because we recognized that cloud delivery would change the web application security landscape. In the case of Skyfence, we believe that Software as a Service delivery models for internally facing corporate applications will substantially change the landscape for data center security and compliance.”

Imperva’s new strategy is intended to address security gaps within various cloud deployment models. Skyfence is designed to deliver a cloud gateway that provides a security and compliance stack within internal clouds. Incapsula is intended to meet the security requirements of externally facing cloud applications with a combined solution that provides security, DDoS protection, load balancing, and failover solutions.

Imperva also announced the release of SecureSphere Web Application Firewall (WAF) for Amazon Web Services (AWS). The solution is targeted at Infrastructure as a Service deployments, intended to help companies moving applications to AWS but are concerned about security.

Incapsula said it also maintains a DdoS threat knowledge base, which includes new and emerging attack methods. This constantly-updated information is aggregated across the entire network, identifying new threats as they emerge, detecting known malicious users, and applying remedies in real-time across all Incapsula-protected websites. The vendors also maintains a network of data centers located around the world.

SecureSphere for AWS has been in limited availability since late 2013 and will be generally available in March 2014. Imperva expects the acquisitions of Skyfence and Incapsula to close in the first quarter of 2014.

More details are at the Imperva website.