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Imperva Overview

Redwood City, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2002
Company - Public (IMPV)
Computer Hardware & Software
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Imperva® (NASDAQ:IMPV), is a leading provider of cyber security solutions that protect business-critical data and applications. The company's SecureSphere and Incapsula product lines enable organizations to discover assets and risks, protect information ... Read more

Mission: Protect critical data, apps, and your reputation.

Imperva – Why Work For Us?


It's More Than a Job. It's a Passion.

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.

Creating the game

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.

Customer focus

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.

Agile

We engage, evaluate and take action. If data shows that we missed the mark, we immediately reassess, re-focus, align and move ahead.

Collaborative

We are a team. We carefully listen, debate, research and validate—all with the desire to deliver the most effective decisions.

High performance

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.

Playing to win

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.


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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.

Be Part of a Big Cause

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 move fast and decisively. We can't afford not to.
  • We believe that the work is its own reward.
  • We are not afraid to challenge others, defend our ideas, or tell it like it is, both inside and outside Imperva. It's how we move our company—and the industry—forward.
  • We demand a lot of ourselves and of each other. We wouldn't want it any other way.
  • We're deeply committed to our mission, to the larger cause, and to each other.

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.

Christopher Hylen, President & CEO

Christopher Hylen

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, Chris was responsible for overseeing all business activities related to Citrix’s GoTo family of products. From July 2013 to March 2016, he 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. Chris 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.

Chris holds a B.Sc. in engineering from Widener University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School of Management.

Dave Woodcock, SVP of Worldwide Sales

Dave Woodcock

SVP of Worldwide Sales

Dave Woodcock has served as our senior vice president of Worldwide Sales since April 2018. Previously he was vice president of International Sales at Imperva after separately serving as vice president of Asia Pacific Japan and vice president of EMEA. Before that, he was vice president of International Sales at Crossbeam Systems, Inc., which was acquired by Blue Coat Systems. He also served as the chief commercial officer and board member of Computer Software Group PLC. Dave held senior sales positions at Ascential Software (acquired by IBM), Vitria Technologies, and Parametric Technology Corporation.

Dave Woodcock holds a BSc in Production Engineering from The Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a Chartered Engineer.

David Gee, Chief Marketing Officer

David Gee

Chief Marketing Officer

David Gee has served as our chief marketing officer (CMO) since January 2018. David has more than 20 years of sales and marketing leadership experience in technology. Most recently, he served as CMO of Zuora. Before that, he served as CMO and executive vice president of Marketing at Infoblox. David also held a number of senior marketing positions across different business groups at Hewlett-Packard for nine years. Earlier in his career, David held senior marketing and operational roles at Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems and IBM.

David holds a B.Sc. degree in management science and marketing from Lancaster University, and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Eldad Chai, SVP, Product Management

Eldad Chai

SVP, Product Management

Eldad Chai has served as our senior vice president of Product Management since March 2018. Prior to that Eldad was vice president of Product Management for Imperva’s Application Security portfolio. Eldad has more than 10 years of leadership experience in building, selling and growing technology products in high growth public companies and startups. Before Imperva, Eldad served as vice president of Product Management for Incapsula, from 2010 and up until the acquisition of the remaining shares by Imperva in 2014. 

Eldad holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in communications system engineering from Ben-Gurion University.

Jennifer Lovette, Chief of Staff

Jennifer Lovette

SVP Customer Success

Jennifer Lovette has served as the senior vice president of customer success for Imperva since July 2018. As advocates for our customers, Jennifer and her team are focused on delivering awesome customer experiences and ensuring the success of our customers globally. Jennifer joined Imperva as chief of staff in October of 2017 and prior to that was the vice president of Customer Experience and Customer Care Operations for LogMeIn. She also served as chief of staff to the general manager for the Mobility Apps Business Unit at Citrix. She is a recognized leader in critical strategic areas, including global Customer Success, Client Development and Marketing, among others. During her career, Jennifer has held positions on the Board of both the Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center and the Performance Marketing Association.

Jennifer holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.


Mike Burns, Chief Financial Officer

Mike Burns

Chief Financial Officer

Mike Burns has served as our chief financial officer since January 2018. Mike has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in finance and operations with high-growth public technology companies. Before Imperva, he was the chief financial officer for Gigamon from 2014 to 2016 and for Volterra Semiconductor from 2007 to 2013. Earlier in his career, Mike held senior finance roles at Intel Corporation, including finance director of Intel Capital.

Mike holds a B.A. degree in economics and an M.Sc. degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley.

Nicolas Chapman, SVP Strategy

Nicolas Chapman

SVP Strategy

Nicolas Chapman has served as our senior vice president of Strategy since August 2018. Prior to Imperva, he spent the majority of his career at McKinsey & Company, most recently as a partner in the Silicon Valley office. He served technology companies in the Bay Area, Asia and Europe on corporate and business unit strategy, sales operations and operations topics. Nicolas started with the firm as an associate and was promoted to engagement manager, associate partner and then partner.

Nicolas holds a B.A. in international relations, economics and Chinese studies from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Rachel Mann, VP

Rachel Mann

VP, Communications

Rachel Mann has served as our vice president of communications since October 2017. Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in the field of communications, across a broad range of disciplines spanning diverse industries, including biotechnology, aerospace defense, finance and technology. Most recently, she was the Communications leader for Intuit in a role that covered multiple business units and functional groups, leading efforts in support of the company’s multi-year business transformation from desktop to the cloud. Before that, she worked at ATK Aerospace & Defense as the Communications leader for the Defense Electronics Systems division. Rachel also worked at AECOM Technology Corporation and the global public relations firm, Porter Novelli.

Rachel holds a B.Sc. degree in communication from Boston University, College of Communications.

Terry Ray, CTO

Terry Ray

Chief Technology Officer

Terry Ray has served as our chief technology officer since July 2017. He is responsible for developing and articulating the company’s technical vision and strategy. Previously he served as Imperva’s chief product strategist where he consulted directly with strategic global customers on industry best practices, threat landscape, data security implementation and industry regulations. Terry continues to operate as an executive sponsor to strategic customers who benefit from having a bridge between both company’s executive teams. He was Imperva’s first U.S.-based employee and has worked on hundreds of data security projects to meet the security requirements of customers and regulators from every industry. Terry is a frequent speaker for RSA, Gartner, ISSA, OWASP, ISACA, IANS, CDM, NLIT, and other organizations worldwide. He also provides expert commentary to the media and has been quoted in Security Week, SC Magazine, CBS News and the BBC.

Terry holds a B.A. degree in management information systems from the University of North Texas.

Tram Phi, SVP, General Counsel

Trâm T. Phi

Chief Legal Officer and Chief of Staff

Trâm T. Phi has served as our chief legal officer and chief of staff since August of 2018. In addition to leading legal strategy and our corporate governance and compliance programs, she is responsible for driving operational rigor and partnering across the business to ensure our operating system enables strategic alignment, agility and a scalable environment.

Trâm was senior vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since February 2012. From August 2011 to February 2012, she served as our vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Before Imperva, Trâm served as vice president, General Counsel and Secretary of ArcSight, Inc., a provider of enterprise threat and risk management solutions, from January 2006 until the acquisition of ArcSight by Hewlett-Packard Company in October 2010, and then as general counsel of HP Software, Security until August 2011. From September 2002 to May 2005, Trâm served in various positions at InVision Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of explosives detection systems, including as senior vice president and general counsel following the acquisition of InVision by General Electric Company in December 2004.

Trâm holds a B.A. degree in political science from San Jose State University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall).


Yoav Cohen, SVP

Yoav Cohen

SVP, Product Development

Yoav has served as our senior vice president, Product Development since January 2018. Prior to that, Yoav spent seven years at Incapsula as team lead, director of R&D and ultimately vice president of Engineering before the acquisition of the remaining shares by Imperva in 2014. He was involved with building the technology that powers the Incapsula service. Before joining Imperva, Yoav held several technology leadership positions at SAP where he worked on the NetWeaver Portal team, focusing on frameworks for integrating business applications.

Yoav holds a B.Sc. degree in computer science and biology and an M.Sc. degree in computer science from Tel-Aviv University where he focused on distributed systems.

          


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?

MP: I mostly work in Java and JavaScript. I also code in Python occasionally.

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.

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