|By Business Wire||
|February 6, 2014 04:04 PM EST||
Imperva, Inc. (NYSE: IMPV), pioneering the third pillar of enterprise security with a new layer of protection designed specifically for physical and virtual data centers, today announced the company has agreed to acquire cloud security gateway startup Skyfence and has an agreement in principle to acquire the remaining shares of cloud-based web application security company Incapsula. Imperva also announced today the release of SecureSphere Web Application Firewall (WAF) for Amazon Web Services (AWS). The combination of these extends Imperva’s comprehensive 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. We seeded Incapsula four years ago because we recognized that cloud delivery would change the web application security landscape,” said Shlomo Kramer, CEO of Imperva. “In the case of Skyfence, we believe that Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models for internally facing corporate applications will substantially change the landscape for data center security and compliance. We are investing in this space early to put us in the best position possible to help new and existing customers.”
Gartner predicts global spending on public cloud services will grow from $155B in 2014 to $210B in 20161. As cloud adoption accelerates, enterprises are prioritizing how to integrate and migrate existing systems, from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, to cloud-based platforms. Cloud services often run critical applications and store business-critical data, but the majority of existing security controls do not cover the range of different cloud deployments because they were designed for on-premise applications.
“For some time now, we’ve seen our customers take advantage of cloud-based services to reduce costs and increase flexibility. However, moving applications and data off-premise causes new and very significant risk exposure for organizations,” said Mark Kraynak, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Imperva. “The strategy we are unveiling today comprehensively addresses the dangerous security gaps raised by the move to the cloud.”
Imperva’s strategy covers security gaps with multiple cloud deployment models. For internally facing corporate applications, the move to the cloud obviates traditional on-premise activity monitoring and security solutions. To fill this gap, Skyfence delivers a cloud gateway that provides a comprehensive security and compliance stack. For externally facing production applications, the cloud is changing deployment in two ways. Some customers prefer a SaaS model for WAF delivery. Incapsula directly meets that need with an application-aware global CDN platform that provides best-of-breed security, DDoS protection, load balancing, and failover solutions. Other customers prefer an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model by which they can leverage the economies of scale of their cloud provider to realize significant cost savings. For these customers, SecureSphere for AWS allows them to move their applications without sacrificing security.
The first component of Imperva’s strategy is the agreement to acquire Skyfence. Skyfence protects the internal corporate applications, like employee- and back office-oriented applications that are moving to SaaS delivery models. Despite being internal, these applications allow access from the internet, which exposes them to the vulnerabilities intrinsic to public facing applications. This also creates security challenges and regulatory and compliance challenges as it moves responsibility for housing the data to a third party.
Skyfence has developed a solution providing real time visibility and control over corporate use of SaaS applications, which enforces security policy, protects sensitive data from external and inside threats, and ensures compliance with standards. Skyfence uses proprietary network traffic analysis and Dynamic User Fingerprinting technology to profile normal user behavior and detect anomalies that could indicate cyber-attacks or inside threats. Through a single, central gateway, the solution provides organizations with the power to discover all of the cloud assets that are in use and to uniformly enforce security and compliance policies in addition to controlling user access to sensitive data, privileged user activity and API access to the service.
There are three main customer challenges driving the need for Skyfence:
- Managing Compliance in the Cloud – Skyfence generates an audit trail of all user access ranging from login events to a full activity log and enables enforcement of the necessary separation of duties between the SaaS administrator and IT security. Administrators can generate activity reports for both internal and external compliance audits and exposure reports for forensic analysis.
- Controlling “Shadow IT” – Skyfence will automatically detect cloud applications that are used without corporate approval and provides risk scores and usage metrics.
- Cyber Intrusion Prevention – The weakest link in many cloud applications’ security is the abuse of legitimate user accounts. Skyfence identifies and protects against account-centric attacks including account takeovers, man-in-the-middle attacks, DNS poisoning, and brute force attacks.
The second component of this strategy is our agreement in principle to purchase of the remaining stake in Incapsula to deliver security for external facing production applications like online banking, online gaming, and retail applications. Through an application-aware global Cloud Delivery Network (CDN) platform, Incapsula provides websites and web applications with best-of-breed security, DDoS protection, load balancing, and failover solutions, available as standalone services or as an integrated solution.
- Incapsula's enterprise-grade PCI-certified WAF protects customers’ websites or applications so that they are secure and available. Based on Imperva’s industry-leading technology and experience and using a SaaS approach, Incapsula's security experts protect customers against new and emerging threats.
- Incapsula DDoS applies mitigation outside of a customer’s network, meaning that only filtered traffic reaches the host. Incapsula maintains an extensive DDoS threat knowledgebase, 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.
- Incapsula’s CDN is a powerful network of data centers located around the world that delivers full site acceleration. On average, websites using Incapsula's CDN are 50% faster and consume 40%-70% less bandwidth.
- Incapsula’s Layer 7 Load Balancing and Failover balances traffic across multiple web servers directly from the cloud. This allows websites and applications to scale beyond the capacity of a single web server without requiring a local load balancing appliance or virtual appliance.
Over four years ago, Imperva anticipated that the WAF market would be ready to take advantage of cloud delivery models, so the Imperva team invested in Incapsula as a majority owned subsidiary. Imperva intends to bring Incapsula fully in house to allow for scale as the demand for Incapsula technology grows.
Imperva SecureSphere WAF for AWS
The third component of this strategy is Imperva’s new SecureSphere Web Application Firewall version for Amazon Web Services. Similar to Incapsula, this product is primarily for externally facing production applications, but for customers that want to take their on-premise solution to the cloud or that prefer a “do it yourself” model for application security. Enterprise customers are making a strong push to move their customer facing applications to Amazon Web Services so that they can realize significant infrastructure savings by managing load peaks with temporary Amazon capacity. With SecureSphere for AWS, customers can replicate their existing on-premise security controls as they migrate to the cloud.
SecureSphere WAF for AWS was designed to natively take advantage of Amazon Web Services infrastructure. Leveraging Amazon Cloud Formation, WAF instances are created and moved along with the applications they protect, including across Availability Zones, allowing for fast deployment of large enterprise-scale environments with minimal operational overhead. Instances of SecureSphere are created or removed from the deployment following Amazon’s auto-scaling policies. These abstractions can dramatically improve the efficiency of IT and security operations teams.
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.
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 3,000 customers in more than 75 countries rely on our SecureSphere® platform to safeguard their business. Imperva is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. Learn more: www.imperva.com, our blog, on Twitter.
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including those regarding our belief that the combination of our SecureSphere for AWS, Skyfence and Incapsula will enable us to offer a comprehensive solution that addresses the dangerous security gaps raised by the move to the cloud; the anticipated benefits to Imperva of the contemplated acquisitions of Skyfence and Incapsula; the expected timing of the completion of the transaction; and the ability to complete the transaction considering the various closing conditions. These forward-looking statements are subject to material risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Investors should consider important risk factors, which include: the risk that Imperva will be unable to successfully integrate Skyfence and Incapsula, the risk that Imperva will have difficulty retaining key employees of Skyfence and Incapsula; the risk that our development expenses are greater than we anticipate; and other risks detailed under the caption “Risk Factors” in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 12, 2013 and the company’s other SEC filings. You can obtain copies of the company’s SEC filings on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
© 2014 Imperva, Inc. All rights reserved. Imperva, the Imperva logo and SecureSphere are trademarks of Imperva, Inc. All other brand, service or product names are trademarks of their respective companies or owners.
1 Ed Anderson, Lai-ling Lam, Chad Eschinger, Susan Cournoyer,
Joanne M. Correia, Laurie F. Wurster, Ruggero Contu, Fabrizio Biscotti,
Venecia K Liu, Tom Eid, Chris Pang, Hai Hong Swinehart, Morgan Yeates,
Gregor Petri, Warren Bell
Gartner Report, “Forecast Overview: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2011-2016, 4Q12” February 8, 2013
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
Jul. 28, 2015 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,357
Chuck Piluso presented a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. Prior to Secure Infrastructure and Services, Mr. Piluso founded North American Telecommunication Corporation, a facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier licensed by the Public Service Commission in 10 states, serving as the company's chairman and president from 1997 to 2000. Between 1990 and 1997, Mr. Piluso served as chairman & founder of International Te...
Jul. 28, 2015 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 243
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world...
Jul. 28, 2015 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,746
Public Cloud IaaS started its life in the developer and startup communities and has grown rapidly to a $20B+ industry, but it still pales in comparison to how much is spent worldwide on IT: $3.6 trillion. In fact, there are 8.6 million data centers worldwide, the reality is many small and medium sized business have server closets and colocation footprints filled with servers and storage gear. While on-premise environment virtualization may have peaked at 75%, the Public Cloud has lagged in adop...
Jul. 28, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,173
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Jul. 28, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 205
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a software development company, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software development company with representative offices in Atlanta (US), Sheffield (UK) and Würzburg (Germany); and development centers in Ukraine. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobi...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 158
How do you securely enable access to your applications in AWS without exposing any attack surfaces? The answer is usually very complicated because application environments morph over time in response to growing requirements from your employee base, your partners and your customers. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, Haseeb Budhani, CEO and Co-founder of Soha, shared five common approaches that DevOps teams follow to secure access to applications deployed in AWS, Azure, etc., and the friction an...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 474
Digital Transformation is the ultimate goal of cloud computing and related initiatives. The phrase is certainly not a precise one, and as subject to hand-waving and distortion as any high-falutin' terminology in the world of information technology. Yet it is an excellent choice of words to describe what enterprise IT—and by extension, organizations in general—should be working to achieve. Digital Transformation means: handling all the data types being found and created in the organizat...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,055
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin,...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 452
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of pro...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,241
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect t...
Jul. 28, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,154
The essence of cloud computing is that all consumable IT resources are delivered as services. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, demonstrated the concepts and implementations of two important cloud computing deliveries: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). He discussed from business and technical viewpoints what exactly they are, why we care, how they are different and in what ways, and the strategies for IT to tran...
Jul. 28, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 316
Containers are changing the security landscape for software development and deployment. As with any security solutions, security approaches that work for developers, operations personnel and security professionals is a requirement. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kevin Gilpin, CTO and Co-Founder of Conjur, will discuss various security considerations for container-based infrastructure and related DevOps workflows.
Jul. 28, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,043
Countless business models have spawned from the IaaS industry. Resell Web hosting, blogs, public cloud, and on and on. With the overwhelming amount of tools available to us, it's sometimes easy to overlook that many of them are just new skins of resources we've had for a long time. In his General Session at 16th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, broke down what we've got to work with and discuss the benefits and pitfalls to discover how we can best use them to d...
Jul. 28, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,938
Puppet Labs has announced the next major update to its flagship product: Puppet Enterprise 2015.2. This release includes new features providing DevOps teams with clarity, simplicity and additional management capabilities, including an all-new user interface, an interactive graph for visualizing infrastructure code, a new unified agent and broader infrastructure support.
Jul. 28, 2015 12:00 PM EDT