Gartner Imperva Magic Quadrant WAAP WAP Web Application Protection

Imperva An Eight-Time Magic Quadrant Leader for Web Application and API Protection

2021 has seen a lot of change. Billionaires now go where only governments and Red Bull gimmicks could go before. The 2020 Olympics didn’t take place in 2020. Tom Brady won his 7th Super Bowl for a completely new franchise [those of you in the US get this reference]. Similar change in application security has now been defined by an annual report with a new name.

Gartner® published the 2021 Magic Quadrant™ for Web Application and API Protection and, despite the new name and expanded scope, Imperva has been named a Leader and rated highest for Completeness of Vision consistently throughout.

Imperva’s vision is to protect all applications for hybrid enterprises

If you picture an application 8 years ago, what you see is not complex: a very large piece of software running on vSphere in a leased data center. APIs were an innovative tool for tiny start-ups [I remember talking to my development team about the advantages of SOAP and why it was too soon to go to REST]. Amazon Web Services was just starting to offer a certification program for engineers. Clearly, 8 years is a very long time in application development time.

And yet, while so much has changed in 8 years, many web applications today are still versions of what was built then. It takes a great deal of methodical planning to properly migrate to cloud-native technologies, such as serverless functions, and gradual investments to effectively architect applications with RESTful and GraphQL APIs. For years, Imperva has continually focused on providing security for organizations in this transition, and the vast majority of them have a mix of legacy and modern across a hybrid environment. This is a key reason why we continue to invest in Web Application and API Protection that our customers can deploy in a variety of ways, from appliances in data centers to SaaS to natively deployed in AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

But you cannot protect all of a modern organization simply by adapting the protection they already use — it takes innovative approaches to secure what now comprises the majority of all traffic: APIs. Imperva protected our customers’ APIs prior to 2021, but this year, it became a top priority. A few months ago, we added the ability for customers to discover the APIs receiving traffic outside the view of the security team. And to ensure our customers can continue their modernization, we acquired CloudVector for advanced API security protecting high-scale businesses, but more importantly, for the expertise in the team. Effectively protecting APIs requires a deep understanding of how development operations work and how much it differs from the application development of 8 years ago.

“Imperva is a constant company, strong in market share and with solid solutions.” says Douglas Bernardini, Cyber Security Specialist and Cloud Computing Expert.

If you want to learn more about Imperva’s approach, please view the recorded session with Lebin Cheng, Head of API Security, and Peter Klimek, Office of CTO, here.

Imperva Eight Time Leader – Imperva recognizes the industry needs beyond 2022

To handle all of this change, we believe we have the industry’s best approach to protecting our customers from innovative attacks, and thank Gartner for this report’s recognition. Not every application security vendor has our track record of rapidly integrating the technology of their acquisitions, most recently with how the advanced bot management capabilities from Distil Networks were available to Imperva customers in under a year. We look forward to the 2022 report, once Gartner and the broader market have seen what we will accomplish with the CloudVector team guiding the way.

To download the report, visit here.

To immediately start a free trial of our market-leading Cloud WAAP platform, visit our free trial site.

Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Web Application and API Protection”; Jeremy D’Hoinne, Rajpreet Kaur, John Watts, Adam Hils, Shilpi Handa; September 20, 2021.

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See also: Capability Brief – WAF Gateway

Akamai Firewall WAP Web Application Protection

Akamai announces Future of Life Online Challenge, awarding digital innovators $1 million in services

Challenge will award up to four visionary companies with a total of $1 million in Akamai security, content delivery, and/or edge compute solutions

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the world’s most trusted solution to power and protect digital experiences, today announces the launch of its Future of Life Online Challenge, celebrating and rewarding “the visionaries, the rebels, and the insanely curious innovators” shaping breakthrough online experiences. The challenge will award up to four winners an equal share of up to $1 million worth of Akamai security, content delivery and edge compute solutions and showcase their achievements in a special online docuseries.

“For more than 20 years, Akamai has devoted itself to powering and protecting the digital experiences that create online life as we know it. When done well, great online experiences elevate the entire human experience, so we want to empower those innovators who are defining our digital future,” said Robert Blumofe, Executive vice president and CTO, Akamai Technologies. “The Future of Life Online Challenge is designed to help groundbreaking companies take their solutions to the next level and shine a spotlight on their achievements, inspiring others to develop their own big ideas that will create the future of life online.”

To enter, companies must have an innovative, viable product or service in the market that needs support in scaling digital security, web performance, and/or digital delivery to achieve its full potential. The challenge will be conducted in two rounds:

  • For Round One, companies must submit a brief video describing their product or solution and how it delivers value to customers or society. Round One applications with videos must be submitted by February 18, 2022, at 5 PM ET. Finalists from Round One will be announced March 11, 2022.
  • For Round Two, finalists must submit a business proposal, not exceeding seven pages, describing their customer segments, value proposition, distribution/sales channels, market size, growth plans, and sustainability focus. They need to attend a virtual conference to pitch their proposal and answer questions. Round Two proposals must be received by May 13, 2022, at 5 PM ET.

Proposals will be judged according to the novelty of the idea, the market viability, and the customer benefit. The Challenge winners will be announced on June 06, 2022.

“It is an incentive to innovation, which will positively impact the cyber defense market.” says Douglas Bernardini, Cyber Security Specialist and Cloud Computing Expert.

Challenge entries must be submitted via the online application at To qualify, companies may not be an existing direct or indirect customer of Akamai or of any subsidiary, affiliate, or channel partner of Akamai. For additional qualification requirements and the complete terms and conditions for the Challenge, please visit

About Akamai
Akamai powers and protects life online. The most innovative companies worldwide choose Akamai to secure and deliver their digital experiences – helping billions of people live, work, and play every day. With the world’s largest and most trusted edge platform, Akamai keeps apps, code, and experiences closer to users – and threats farther away. Learn more about Akamai’s security, content delivery, and edge compute products and services at, or follow Akamai Technologies on Twitter and LinkedIn.


See also: Akamai – Web Application Protector