Imperva Data Security Fabric provides data-centric protection for enterprise data lakes built on AWS

Imperva announces that its Imperva Data Security Fabric (DSF) now provides data-centric protection and compliance for enterprise data lakes built on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Imperva reinforces its commitment to securing data and all paths to it by allowing AWS customers to secure their data with one platform, leveraging a unified security model across Amazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Athena, and AWS CloudFormation without requiring any changes to their existing data infrastructure.

Many security teams have gaps in their resources and domain expertise required to ensure their data lake meets organizational compliance and security policies. In particular, organizations must be able to simultaneously identify when a compromised user accesses sensitive data, while also preventing data from being stolen by malicious insiders. These gaps can mean that organizations must choose between limiting the data they store in a data lake, and putting themselves at risk of non-compliance or a data breach.

Imperva Data Security Fabric addresses these challenges by discovering data lakes defined and cataloged using services like AWS Lake Formation and AWS Glue. It identifies sensitive data stored across services like Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon RDS by leveraging its internal data classification engine, or by importing classification scans from Amazon Macie, to identify where sensitive data is stored. Imperva DSF collects data access logs from services like Amazon CloudWatch to audit when a user is accessing raw data files stored in Amazon S3 or executing analytic queries against the data using services like Amazon Athena, or Amazon EMR.

Imperva DSF includes User Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) models that can identify suspicious data access patterns, such as excessive access to sensitive records, the use of privileged service accounts by interactive users, and suspicious network connections. This helps organizations identify and detect potential data breaches without the need for specialized data security analysts. Finally, with Imperva DSF, security operations teams can create playbooks to automatically mitigate threats using native AWS features like security groups or revoking user access using AWS IAM. This ensures organizations stay in compliance while also helping to prevent data breaches.

Comprehensive data security

Imperva DSF delivers a broad range of data security capabilities – including data discovery, classification, monitoring, access control, risk analytics, compliance management, security automation, threat detection, and audit reporting. This makes it easier for customers to protect the migration of sensitive data, including Personally Identifiable Information (PII) like customer names, email addresses, phone numbers, and gender, and adhere to privacy regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Tens of thousands of organizations build data lakes on AWS and configure AWS Lake Formation, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) policies to secure access to them. Imperva DSF leverages services like AWS Lake Formation and AWS Glue to discover data lakes, monitor how users query and access stored data, and detect and prevent malicious user access and data leakage incidents. Imperva DSF also safeguards critical data workloads across all of their databases, file repositories, data warehouses, multicloud, and data lake environments.

Imperva Data Security Fabric can be deployed directly in any AWS Regions using pre-built AWS CloudFormation templates. Once deployed, Imperva DSF will begin discovering and monitoring data lakes. More than 400 pre-defined vulnerability assessment tests are available for cloud databases on AWS. Also, Imperva DSF takes the complexity out of deciding which baselines to establish by including policies based on Center for Internet Security (CIS) and Defense Information System Agency’s (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) benchmarks that are adapted for the cloud.

“AWS allows organizations to quickly and securely build solutions that help them to reach new markets and deliver new services to end users,” says Dan Neault, SVP and GM, Data Security, Imperva. “Imperva Data Security Fabric gives organizations building data lakes on AWS a streamlined experience for securing data, and confidence that their data lakes are in compliance.”

About Imperva DSF on AWS

The support of data lakes is the latest milestone in Imperva’s work with AWS. Imperva is an AWS Partner with the AWS Security Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Competency and Amazon RDS Ready Product validation. Imperva also participates in AWS Marketplace and AWS ISV Accelerate Program.

Imperva Data Security Fabric natively supports over 65 data stores to simplify security and compliance of data in any data store, no matter where it is hosted. Specifically for AWS, Imperva DSF supports:

  • Relational databases: Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL, Amazon Aurora MySQL, Amazon RDS for MariaDB, Amazon RDS for SQL Server, Amazon RDS for MySQL, Amazon RDS for Oracle, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
  • Non-relational databases & data Sservices: Amazon DocumentDB, Amazon Keyspaces (for Apache Cassandra), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR
  • Data warehouses & services: Amazon Redshift, Amazon Athena, AWS Glue
  • Storage service: Amazon S3
  • Data lake: AWS Lake Formation



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