07 May 2021
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Imperva advances API security solution with CloudVector acquisition

By Shannon Williams

Cybersecurity firm Imperva has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire advanced API security company CloudVector.

CloudVector enables customers to discover, monitor, and protect API traffic in any environment from exploits and breaches.

"As a pioneer in modern API security, Imperva protects our customers from the risks associated with the misuse of APIs via exposures or attacks, and the exfiltration of sensitive data," says Pam Murphy, CEO, Imperva. 

"Over the last year, we have seen significant acceleration in the number and volume of production APIs, such that API-related traffic now makes up more than 70% of our Cloud WAF traffic.

"Combined with an expanding surface area and novel exploits, all organisations need stronger API visibility and advanced protection," Murphy says. 

"The addition of CloudVector fits perfectly with our vision, advances our API security solution, and most importantly, broadens the security of our customers applications and data."

"I am excited to announce Imperva has entered into an agreement to acquire CloudVector to advance our mission to protect data and all paths to it," adds Steven Schoenfeld, SVP of product management, Imperva.

"Together, we believe we can change what organisations expect from Web Application and API Protection solutions. There are multiple reasons APIs are at the top of Imperva’s key investment areas, and they are all about the future of applications and the ways they are compromised." 

CloudVector's API security solution complements Imperva API Security by automatically discovering all APIs based on actual traffic, classifying data with machine learning, identifying sensitive data exposure, and detecting anomalous user and data activity. 

CloudVector's API and endpoint catalog is dynamically computed and continuously monitored, helping organisations understand and secure shadow APIs. All security events, including anomalous activities, are presented in easy to use dashboards and reports.

Deployment of CloudVector's unique microsensor architecture does not require any API code change and can easily be incorporated into DevOps CI/CD pipelines, with value realised within minutes. CloudVector's solution provides visibility and security for traditional public-facing APIs as well as more modern micro-services.

"We're impressed with the innovative capabilities Imperva has built over the past two decades and the market-differentiated protection they deliver across edge, applications and data," says Lebin Cheng, CEO and co-founder of CloudVector.  . 

"In particular, Imperva's vision to protect the entire end-to-end data flow resonates with us."

"Our team looks forward to joining forces and helping customers manage the increasingly complex API security risks across the expanding IT landscape."

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory clearance, and is expected to close in May 2021.

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