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Imperva unveils new data security platform built for cloud
Wed, 7th Apr 2021
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Imperva has debuted its new data-centric security platform, which aims to fully unify organisations' diverse database environments, dramatically simplifying the security and compliance of cloud data.

By supporting all databases regardless of where they are hosted, including database as a service (DBaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and multi and hybrid cloud environments, Imperva enables companies to maintain their security posture while rapidly embracing the cloud.

The platform natively integrates with any database on Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, MongoDB Atlas and Snowflake, as well as many others.

"The cloud has revolutionised IT, offering organisations a strategic opportunity to rapidly pursue new market initiatives and adapt their operations in the face of new business challenges," Imperva says.

"However, concerns about security risks and regulatory compliance have become major issues that slow progress towards cloud transformation."

Bryan Boam, CEO of Network Consulting Services, says, "Customers need better security insight and management with complex multi-cloud environments.

"The all-in-one data security offering from Imperva helps us equip customers with those capabilities. Having a solution like this in our portfolio gives us a definite advantage over competitors with siloed offerings in the market," he says.

According to Imperva Research Labs, data breaches in open public cloud services are trending dramatically higher as more companies migrate their operations and workloads to the cloud. Data leakage attacks increased 557% over the past 12 months, and are up 74% since the beginning of 2021. These facts highlight the vulnerability of cloud data and underscore the importance of securing the data itself, not just the network, servers and applications around it.

Because of the significant differences between on-premises and cloud database environments, organisations have tried extending traditional database security tools to their cloud environments, only to encounter severe limitations, from the technical impossibility of installing agents on DBaaS, to the practical limitations of directing all cloud database traffic through a proxy service.

This has resulted in organisations using a patchwork of individual tools. Ironically, this raises the likelihood of human error, unnecessarily increasing the risk of a breach or compliance failure.

"We've gathered feedback from thousands of users. In almost all cases, we've seen organisations working under the perception that they can either move rapidly into the cloud, or securely into the cloud, but not both," says Ron Bennatan, SVP and GM of Data Security at Imperva.

"We are very glad to say that's just not true. Imperva provides confidence for CIOs and InfoSec leaders solving the conundrum of moving rapidly into the cloud, or securely into the cloud, by delivering on both. We are uniquely situated to help any business moving any data workload to any cloud in a secure and compliant manner."

The solution from Imperva enables CIOs to make the best infrastructure decisions for their organisation with confidence that security will not be compromised. With minimal data security risks, projects can move quickly without undue concerns over safety and compliance. Using fewer tools allows for vendor consolidation and reduces the requirement for dedicated IT security staffing and resources.

InfoSec leaders focus less on tools and more on driving security, compliance and governance outcomes. Security teams benefit by simplifying protection of the organisation's diverse data ecosystem, with single-pane-of-glass administration, integration with other IT security investments and broad database coverage.