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Imperva Acquires Distil to Battle Bot Network Cyberattacks

Application and data security provider Imperva is acquiring Distil Networks. The deal arms Imperva with cybersecurity technologies to detect and defeat bot network attacks.

Distil Networks CEO Tiffany Olson Kleeman
Distil Networks CEO Tiffany Olson Kleemann
Imperva CEO Chris Hylan

In a prepared statement, Chris Hylen, CEO of Imperva, said:

“Distil Networks is a globally recognized leader in automated attack mitigation, and this deal perfectly aligns with our vision of delivering best-in-class cybersecurity solutions that protect businesses throughout their cloud journey. Distil Networks gives us a comprehensive Bot Management solution that identifies, responds to and manages a full range of automated attacks no matter where these applications or APIs are deployed. We believe Imperva and Distil Networks will create the most comprehensive security platform on the market and we’re excited to make this available to our customers worldwide.”

Added Tiffany Olson Kleemann, CEO of Distil Networks:

“Bots are an evolving attack vector that has become a threat to all organizations, no matter the size or location. We have been leading the charge to find solutions to better understand, detect and mitigate automated attacks since 2011. Today’s announcement serves as a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of Distil Networks’ team over the past eight years to solve this problem for our customers. We are excited to enter into a new chapter with a company that shares our passion for protecting critical business applications and delivering best-in-class security solutions for all customers.”

Imperva: Backed By Private Equity

The deal comes roughly roughly eight months after private equity giant Thoma Bravo acquired Imperva in a $2.1 billion deal. Imperva develops the Incapsula, SecureSphere, and CounterBreach product lines — which protect websites, applications, APIs, and databases from cyberattacks while ensuring compliance.

Imperva has also been active on the M&A front. The company acquired DevOps application security specialist Prevoty for $140 million in June 2018. At the same time, Imperva has been doubling down on its partner initiatives — including traditional channel partners plus MSPs, MSSPs, cloud partners, hosting firms and strategic alliance members, the company told Wall Street analysts.

Thoma Bravo has been very active in the cybersecurity sector.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.