Mission: Protect critical data, apps, and your reputation.
At Imperva, we have an insatiable drive to protect our customers’ vital data and applications—safeguarding people against the real harm that theft of personal information can bring.
For us, cyber security is more than a job. It’s our passion. It’s the only thing we do. Our people and technology, supported by our core values below, define the experience of working at Imperva.
Well ahead of the industry curve, our founders foresaw that protecting data and applications would become vitally important to enterprises as well as to people like you, your family and friends. This vision has inspired solutions that the world’s most respected companies depend on.
Serving our customers is always top of mind at Imperva. All of us carry this mission forward, whether we invest our days interacting with customers, deploying solutions or innovating to stay ahead of cybercriminals.
We engage, evaluate and take action. If data shows that we missed the mark, we immediately reassess, re-focus, align and move ahead.
We are a team. We carefully listen, debate, research and validate—all with the desire to deliver the most effective decisions.
We set challenging goals and have high expectations of ourselves and each other. We push to make our products, services, interactions and performance best-in-class across the board.
We apply diligence, a strong work ethic, passion and intellect to win, but have a great deal of freedom for how to do that. We will not be bound by bureaucracy, mediocrity or conservatism.
Our market is surging and Imperva is leading the charge. We’re actively seeking the right people to help us reach the pinnacle of performance. Are you ready for an exceptional challenge, where what you deliver can really make a difference? If so, let’s connect now.
Who We Are
Imperva is a leading provider of cyber security solutions that protect business-critical data and applications in the cloud and on-premises. Founded in 2002, we have enjoyed a steady history of growth and success generating $164 million in 2014, with over 3,700 customers and 300 partners in more than 90 countries worldwide.
We Protect What Matters Most
Imperva has a singular purpose: to defend your business critical data and applications from cyber attacks and internal threats. Our solutions enable you to discover assets and risks, then protect your most valuable information—such as intellectual property, business plans, trade secrets, customer and employee information, and the day-to-day data that drives your business. We also help you comply with the myriad of increasingly stringent data protection regulations and mandates, as well as enforce policies, entitlements and audit controls.
How We Do It
Traditional security is no longer enough. Perimeters may be your first line of defense, but they are also the most porous. And endpoint security cannot defend against intentional or unintentional malicious actions by internal users. That’s where we come in. Imperva protects cloud applications, websites, files, SharePoint systems, critical databases, and Big Data repositories from cyber-attacks, theft, and fraud. Our technology provides visibility into data access and uses sophisticated client classification and user tracking that can detect unauthorized users and malicious web bots.
As an Imperva employee, you would be part of a group of talented and passionate people who are preserving the promise of openness and security in a hyperconnected world. If that sounds big, it is.
We're on the front lines every day making products that keep companies and organizations safe from today's criminal hackers and malicious insiders. We're deeply aware that without the ability to conduct business securely, the web-enabled enterprise, the promise of big data, and the Internet of Things will cease to be possible. Our work helps keep that promise alive.
Working at Imperva is as much being part of a cause, as it is being part of a company.
We're a true team that enjoys our work, and each other's company. We know how to have fun in an energizing and creative environment. If you are up for the challenge, let's talk.
Imperva President & CEO
Christopher Hylen has served as our president and chief executive officer since August 2017. Before Imperva, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GetGo, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Citrix Systems, Inc. from April 2016 until GetGo was separated from Citrix and subsequently acquired by LogMeIn, Inc. in January 2017. In this role, Mr. Hylen was responsible for overseeing all business activities related to Citrix’s GoTo family of products. From July 2013 to March 2016, Mr. Hylen served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobility Apps of Citrix and was responsible for strategy and business operations of Citrix’s former Mobility Apps business unit consisting of Citrix’s GoTo family of products, including its communications cloud and workflow cloud products.
Mr. Hylen served as a member of the board of the ADT Corporation, a publicly-traded security and alarm monitoring services company, from January 2015 until it was acquired by Apollo Global Management in February 2016. Mr. Hylen holds a B.S. in Engineering from Widener University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School of Management.
Mike brings to Imperva more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in finance and operations within the technology industry. Most recently, he served as chief financial officer of Gigamon, and prior to that, he served as chief financial officer of Volterra Semiconductor Corp. Over a 15-year period, Mike held senior finance roles at Intel Corporation including finance director and controller of Intel Capital. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chairman of the Board
Anthony Bettencourt has served as a board member since August 2014, and served as our president and chief executive officer from August 2014 to August 2017. He has been Chairman of the Board since October 2015. From November 2010 to March 2014, Mr. Bettencourt served as Chief Executive Officer of Coverity Inc. through its acquisition by Synopsys, Inc. Coverity was a privately held company that developed and marketed development testing solutions to assist software developers in detecting and fixing quality and security problems. From January 2006 to October 2009, Mr. Bettencourt served as Senior Vice President of Special Projects at Autonomy Corporation plc.
Mr. Bettencourt served on the board of directors of Proofpoint, Inc. from April 2012 until January 2017. Mr. Bettencourt holds a B.A. in English from Santa Clara University.
Trâm Phi serves as Imperva’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. She previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of ArcSight, Inc., a provider of enterprise threat and risk management solutions, from January 2006 to August 2011. From September 2002 to May 2005, Trâm served in various positions at InVision Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of explosives detection systems, including the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel, prior to and following the acquisition of InVision by General Electric Company in December 2004. From 1995 to September 2002, she was an associate at Fenwick & West LLP, a high technology law firm. Trâm holds a B.A. in political science from San Jose State University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Brett Hooper joined Imperva as Senior Vice President of People in June 2015. In this role, Brett oversees the development and implementation of the global human resources function at Imperva, including talent acquisition, human capital development, workforce planning and administration. Mr. Hooper joins Imperva from JDS Uniphase where he was SVP, Human Resources from 2006 to 2015 charged with successfully evolving the company’s talent strategy, including hiring, development, succession planning and performance evaluation, by prioritizing HR programs that aligned with business goals and improved employee productivity and engagement. Prior to that he served in the same capacity for Credence Systems Corporation, which he joined through the 2004 acquisition of NPTest where he held the role of VP, Human Resources and Communications. Earlier in his career, Hooper served in a variety of roles at Schlumberger including Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Investor Relations, and Human Resources Management. He holds a bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.
Sunil Nagdev has served as General Manager of Incapsula and Senior Vice President of Professional and Customer Services since January 2017. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Services and Support since December 2014. He is responsible for development, operations and product management for Incapsula and building and scaling the company’s services and support teams. This is Sunil’s second time with Imperva; from April 2008 to January 2011 he was the company’s Vice President, Worldwide Services. Between Imperva appointments, Sunil was Senior Vice President, Global Services and Support with Coverity Inc., a provider of software quality and security testing solutions. Prior to his roles at Coverity and Imperva, Sunil was Vice President, Worldwide Professional Services and Technical Support for Tablus Inc., a leading provider of Data Loss Prevention solutions acquired by EMC; and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services and Technical Support with Verity Inc., and then with Autonomy Ltd. after its acquisition of Verity. Sunil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Chico State University.
Women in Tech and Career Spotlight: Michal Pal
This is the first of a series of articles spotlighting some of the women who work at Imperva. I spoke to Michal Pal, automation group manager for the Imperva Incapsula product line and got to know about what makes her tick.
Tell us how you got into cybersecurity.
MP: I got my B.Sc. in computer science and worked for a couple of years at Ordograph, a software company that built a solution using image recognition technology for banks. After eight years I wanted to make a change and move to a different field, but at the time I didn’t know yet what field I should look into. What I did know is that I wanted to work for a small startup company with cutting-age technology! Incapsula had the mix of cloud and security and looked like an area that was a challenge. The company was small at the time and seemed the right place for me.
What do you love about your job?
MP: The agility of this field and the innovation that cybersecurity offers is what excites me. There are technology and business changes all the time and we need to lead and anticipate, be creative and innovative to find the right solution. I also really like the team that works with me. We all share the same passion for this field. We enrich each other, find great ideas to implement and work toward the same goal – and have fun.
I also love how the company has grown. As I mentioned, I joined Incapsula when it was very small. At the time, there was no automation in R&D. We had to build everything from scratch. It was very challenging – and stressful.
It was not just about coming to a new company, but a cloud company that released updates every week. We had to find solutions and keep up with everything while learning the product. It was good that I wanted to learn because I had to learn quickly by reading, trying things and working together with the rest of the team who were doing the same thing.
What do you find to be the most challenging?
MP: On one side, I would say it’s being able to lead the top technology. And on the other side, the biggest challenge is to grow our service to protect larger customers and larger enterprises and make sure we keep and improve our reliability. In cybersecurity when threats evolve on a daily basis, I must lead and use the latest technology and methods. It requires me to take the information we have and put it into the product.
Tell us who was one of your biggest mentors and why.
MP: One of my biggest mentors is my mother who showed and taught me that there is nothing I can’t do, and the fact that I am a woman only makes me stronger.
My mother’s influence in showing me how with self-esteem and confidence you can do anything is very helpful in my job. In cybersecurity the situation is always changing. There are new things and challenges every day, some of which are very hard. The way you have to think to overcome the challenge is important. When you work in cybersecurity you’ll need to have the attitude that here is a new challenge that needs to be fixed. Ask yourself, “How can I build the tools to handle our new process?”
For example, I’ve done many things over the years. Some things have succeeded and some have failed. The idea is to try again and not give up. By knowing how to look after myself, I’m able to never give up.
How has the cybersecurity industry changed over the course of your career?
MP: It’s changed a lot since I started. The attacks are much, much bigger — and more sophisticated. The tools we used needed to evolve and change in order to simulate these huge and sophisticated attacks.
Which coding languages do you work in?
What advice would you give to someone entering the cybersecurity field today?
MP: Everybody is talking about cybersecurity these days. But the advice I would give someone interested in entering the field would be to read and understand what interests you. It’s a large field, and you should ask yourself if you have anything to contribute. Is this the way you’d like your daily work to look like? The situation changes all the time and you’ll be reinventing your work often.
There are lots of companies that deal with each area in security differently. Is it cloud or on-prem that interests you? What kind of technologies are they using? Investigate the companies you are interested in to see if you like how they work. Do you like change? Do you like structure – this is not always the case in a cybersecurity job. Engineers need to think fast and creatively.
You have to be able to be okay with the constant changes to enjoy your work.
Last question! Tell us what do you like to do in your spare time when you are not thinking of how to solve a security problem.
MP: I love spending time with my children.
I’m into sports – extreme sports. I also like to scuba dive and have been diving for 10 years all around Asia and near home. Other than that, hanging out on the beach and enjoying good food are my favorite past times.
I have been working at Imperva full-time (More than 5 years)
The company is changing as a result of our new leadership. Imperva is evolving as part of our next phase of growth; it can be an exciting time, with lots of opportunities if you're engaged. "If you are engaged" is the key; not, "if you are in some inner circle".
Chris (CEO) is establishing from the top down an environment of Integrity and Openness, with a culture of transparency, collaboration, and communication for all employees. A recurring comment internally is that Chris is doing all of the right things, in the right way.
I find that I value what Chris is clearly stating are Imperva's values.
Imperva's products and solutions have always worked and delivered what they promise to deliver; all of which makes your job as a sales engineer easier (both personally and professionally). Multiple employees left years ago and have returned because of the quality of people and products at Imperva.
Product direction and vision has always been and appears to be very strong.
The company is changing as a result of our new leadership. Change can be scary; and feels uncertain at times. We've lost good people due to the changes going on throughout the organization. It always takes new staff time to get up to speed.
Imperva solves a lot of difficult problems across multiple discrete technical and security disciplines and does so with a great story but, professionally this createst a search for sales engineering unicorns that are experts at: networking, linux, security, selling, application security, cloud engineering, data security, API integration, and more. Long term, sales engineering can be a challenging role at Imperva as you're working to be an SME in production and solution areas.
Advice to Management
Stay the course; with relation to our transformation.
Continue the Infocus Forums and similar to align the organization with our new vision.
Keep hiring and retaining top-notch talent; at all levels.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Imperva (Redwood Shores, CA) in March 2018.
First phone-screened by recruiter on East Coast, who was candid that the company was still in somewhat of a "transition" following a new CEO...I seemed to impress him with my experience/interest in cybersecurity; wanted to schedule a phoner with hiring manager ASAP....That next call happened later that week; after 17 minutes, she said "Let's bring you in here and meet people" (the goal of a phone interview--success!)...."Gauntlet-style" onsite interviews with five members of marketing team; Product Mktg. Mgr, then CMO, PR Mgr., Content Mktg. Dir., Social Media Mgr.--nearly 3 hours total; all were reasonably cordial....Sent thank-you emails to each, no replies (uh-oh)....no response at all within 48 hrs. (bigger uh-oh)....Emailed recruiter after a full week; no reply....called him directly the following morning; told me (as I expected at that point) they'd chosen another applicant (among three called-in for interviews).
I asked for feedback on where I may have fallen short...he said the winning candidate did well on a "writing assignment"--which I wasn't offered (and likely would have *aced*)....I don't mind getting beat out by a superior candidate, but I didn't feel I received a level playing field--plus I had to call for follow-up, after feeling ghosted.