Imperva eight-time leader in Magic Quadrant for Web Application and API Protection

2021 has seen a lot of changes. Billionaires are now going where only governments and Red Bull stuff could go before. The 2020 Olympics didn’t happen in 2020. Tom Brady won his 7th Super Bowl for a brand new franchise [those of you in the US get this reference]. A similar change in application security has now been defined by an annual report with a new name.

Gartner® has released the 2021 Magic Quadrant for web application and API protection and, despite the new name and expanded scope, Imperva was consistently named a leader and ranked highest for completeness of vision.

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Imperva’s vision is to protect all hybrid enterprise applications

If you imagine an application 8 years ago, what you see is not complex: very large software running on vSphere in a rented data center. APIs were an innovative tool for small start-ups [I remember talking to my development team about the advantages of SOAP and why it was too soon to go to REST]. Amazon Web Services was just beginning to offer a certification program for engineers. Obviously, 8 years is a very long time in the development of an application.

And yet, while so much has changed in 8 years, many web applications today are still versions of what was built back then. It takes a lot of methodical planning to successfully migrate to cloud-native technologies, such as serverless functions, and incremental investments to effectively build applications with RESTful and GraphQL APIs. For years, Imperva has continuously focused on securing organizations in this transition, and the vast majority of them have a mix of legacy and modern in a hybrid environment. This is one of the main reasons we continue to invest in protecting web applications and APIs that our customers can deploy in a variety of ways, from appliances in data centers to SaaS to native deployment in AWS. , Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). .

But you can’t protect an entire modern organization by simply adapting the protection it already uses. Innovative approaches are needed to secure what now constitutes the majority of all traffic: APIs. Imperva protected our customers’ APIs before 2021, but this year it has become a top priority. A few months ago, we added the ability for customers to discover APIs receiving traffic outside of the security team’s view. And to ensure our customers can continue to modernize, we acquired CloudVector for the advanced API security protecting large-scale enterprises, but more importantly, for the expertise of the team. Effective API protection requires a deep understanding of how development operations work and how they differ from application development 8 years ago.

If you would like to learn more about Imperva’s approach, please view the recorded session with Lebin Cheng, Chief API Security Officer, and Peter Klimek, Office of CTO, here.

Imperva recognizes industry needs beyond 2022

To manage all of these changes, we believe we have the best approach in the industry to protect our customers against innovative attacks, and we thank Gartner for the recognition of this report. Not all application security vendors have our experience of quickly integrating technology from their acquisitions, most recently with how Distil Networks’ advanced bot management capabilities were made available to customers. of Imperva in less than a year. We look forward to the 2022 report, once Gartner and the wider market see what we’re about to accomplish with the CloudVector team guiding us.

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Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Web Application and API Protection”; Jeremy D’Hoinne, Rajpreet Kaur, John Watts, Adam Hils, Shilpi Handa; September 20, 2021.

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