Managed Security Services, Data Security

Thales Completes Acquisition of Imperva, Expands Data Security Business

Thales has closed its acquisition of San Mateo, California-based Imperva, first announced in July 2023, earlier than the first expected 2024 date.

Thales bought the company from private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $3.6 billion. Thales' acquisition of Imperva marked the 214th service provider acquisition that MSP Alert and affiliate publication ChannelE2E has covered in 2023.

Thales expects to begin the integration of Imperva in January. The addition will help Thales expand its cybersecurity portfolio, extending its reach in the data security market and entering the application security market.

The deal marks Thales’ ninth acquisition in the digital security area over the last nine years, and the second largest in the the company’s history after Gemalto.

Previous acquisitions include Tesserent in Australia; S21sec and Excellium, two cybersecurity consulting, integration and managed services companies in Europe; and OneWelcome, a European leader in customer identity and access management. These deals plus the integration of Imperva within Thales will position the company’s cybersecurity business as one of the top five global leaders in cybersecurity, according to Thales.

Thales announced passwordless fingerprint authentication in October. The company launched its data security platform as a service in July.

Thales is based in France and was ranked number 17 on MSSP Alert’s annual list of top 250 MSSPs for 2023.

Jessica C. Davis

Jessica C. Davis is Editorial Director of CyberRisk Alliance’s channel brands — MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. She also oversees content and programming for the MSSP Alert Live event. She has spent a career as a journalist covering the business of technology including chips, software, the cloud, AI, and cybersecurity. She previously served as Editor in Chief of Channel Insider and later of MSP Mentor where she was one of the first editors to oversee the creation and vision of the MSP 501 list.