Imperva Web Application and API Protection (WAAP)

Additional Info

Company size (employees)1,000 to 4,999
Headquarters RegionNorth America
Type of solutionSoftware


As businesses digitally evolve and mature, more applications operate in cloud-native and hybrid environments. What’s more, monolithic apps have evolved into a complex ecosystem of APIs, serverless functions, and microservices. Traditional WAFs are effective at stopping basic application security risks targeting legacy applications, but are not equipped to stop sophisticated attacks in cloud-native environments. Further, organizations need visibility into API behavior and the vulnerabilities that might be lurking in their software supply chain.

Imperva Web Application and API Protection (WAAP) builds on the value of the Web Application Firewall, but is strengthened by incorporating advanced bot protection, API security, runtime protection, DDoS protection, and a secure content delivery network (CDN). This year, Imperva was positioned as a leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application and API Protection, the ninth consecutive time Imperva was recognized as a leader in this market.

Imperva WAAP blocks attacks quickly and confidently, while saving organizations time and money on management, incident investigations, and compliance tasks. Imperva Attack Analytics sorts and groups security events into clusters of narratives, assigning each a severity level and supplying additional reputation intelligence so teams can quickly investigate. Meanwhile, Imperva Threat Research works around the clock to generate new security rules to protect customers automatically from emerging vulnerabilities.

The unified WAAP stack provides a more detailed level of inspection to distinguish potential attacks from legitimate traffic. For example, as use of TLS encryption grows, Imperva WAAP can inspect TLS connections and identify sensitive data and malicious content, like malware, hiding in the encrypted traffic.

While protecting organizations from the OWASP Top 10, DDoS attacks, API abuse, automated fraud, and more, Imperva WAAP provides website and web application protection that is PCI-compliant and reduces risks created by third-party dependencies. All while allowing organizations to easily extend their security as requirements change.

How we are different

- Create efficiency by reducing the volume of point products in a security tech stack. The unified WAAP offers protection from a range of security threats that target websites, applications, and APIs.

- Monitors networking traffic and captures potential threats that exist outside of applications with automated security and integrated analytics.

- Provides comprehensive security over all applications—including third-party apps and open-source code—regardless of whether the application is hosted on-premises, in a hybrid or cloud environment. The unified solution allows individual components to work together to provide customers with full visibility and automated mitigation for new vulnerabilities that can bypass traditional security approaches.