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Imperva to acquire jSonar, bringing greater data security to enterprises

Imperva has entered into an agreement to acquire jSonar, a modern database security company. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory clearance, and is expected to close mid-October 2020.

According to Imperva, the acquisition will pioneer a new approach to securing data through all paths, including on-premises, cloud, multi-cloud and Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), delivering an integrated approach across data and applications.

jSonar CTO and cofounder Ron Bennatan will lead the Imperva Data Security business, comprising both jSonar and Imperva data security product lines. This combination will form a large development organisation dedicated to data security.

Additionally, jSonar's analytics and Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platform will be used throughout the Imperva solution stack.

Imperva Data Security discovers databases on the network, classifies sensitive data, detects database vulnerabilities and applies security controls to data access.

jSonar’s platform simplifies the process of establishing universal security, compliance and privacy controls, enabling integration with all data repositories across any on-premises and cloud environment from one platform, and including built-in automation and data-centric playbooks.

According to Imperva, the evolution of modern data architecture has worked against security professionals, making securing data more difficult.

For instance, scale and complexity of data assets have grown exponentially and security teams are faced with the difficult task of expeditiously securing diverse environments while lacking estate-wide analytics and control.

Imperva states, combining jSonar’s ability to quickly secure data stores no matter what kind or where they live, with Imperva's capabilties with in app and data security, will spearhead a new approach to data security to help enterprises address todays and tomorrows needs.

Imperva CEO Pam Murphy says, “Enterprises have shifted focus from compliance to data security while demanding lower costs and more measurable benefits.

“This combination of two uniquely qualified trailblazers will signal a new approach to data security that puts an emphasis on usability and value with sustained and complete coverage for three initiatives organisations need to implement security, compliance and privacy.”

Bennatan says, “While data grows at an exponential rate, budgets do not. Our mission has always been to develop solutions that solve the full-range of challenges in data security in a way that is efficient, simple to achieve, and provides tangible value beyond compliance.

"We are thrilled to join forces with Imperva, who have been ushering in a new age of data protection in order to make security available to everyone."

KuppingerCole Analysts AG lead analyst Alexei Balaganski says, “The potential of Imperva and jSonar represents a comprehensive integrated approach to securing data both through its complete life span and across a broad range of heterogeneous IT platforms, which entitles customers to get return from existing investments while gaining consolidated analytics, proactive protection and quick response capabilities.”

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