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We performed a comparison between Imperva DDoS and Imperva SecureSphere Database Security based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Imperva DDoS vs. Imperva SecureSphere Database Security report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"It's very pretty easy to onboard the URL.""Imperva Incapsula has many valuable features. One, it protects the top 10 OWAS vulnerability, the open web application software platform, this is standard. Secondly, it protects against broken authentication. As well, it has remote execution of code.""The setup of Imperva DDoS was easy.""The most valuable features are DDoS protection.""DDoS protection and WAF are the most valuable features. It is easy to deploy a service. It is easy and quick to deploy to a new website.""It fits our requirements, as well as our budget.""Integration with IBM AS/400 and Db2 is okay.""The solution is very good at intercepting traffic before it gets to our data centers."

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"The performance of the solution is good.""The discovery module provides good visibility.""The most valuable feature is the automatic reports on new databases, which gives us up-to-date inventory management.""The most valuable features of Imperva SecureSphere Database Security are vulnerability assessment, enrichment security policy, and security""There are three major main use cases of this solution. The first one is to fulfill compliance regulations. Customers—especially the banks, health sector, and manufacturing—need to comply with the regulations in different countries. They have to fulfill compliance regulations around the privacy of data. In order to fulfill those requirements, they're using Imperva. It helps them to fulfill these requirements, and they are not fined by the regulators. That is the first use case why people buy Imperva.""The cyber intelligence feature is the most valuable.""The initial setup is very simple.""The most valuable features of Imperva SecureSphere Database Security are the user-friendliness, easy-to-use interface compared to competitors, database operations do not need a specialist, and simple to manage for our security team. Additionally, the solution can show all the databases and the level of sensitivity. It can show what is more sensitive or less sensitive."

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Cons
"Incapsula services also provides load balancing services for their service IP address environment. So far, with monitoring their services, the IP address was only changed once.""Users would benefit from better documentation. There is official documentation, but sometimes we need more detail. We have some use cases that are not so run of the mill. It would be great if there was a knowledge base that we could go to for more answers.""The salespeople tend to exaggerate its capabilities, which can cost you money if you don't verify the information.""Imperva always needs to adjust to new versions of cyber attacks, it needs to be faster, improve the resiliency of the software of the solution.""I would like to see automated reporting to improve visibility.""There’s nothing that’s missing in terms of features.""The cost could be lower; our end clients need to have a high budget to purchase this solution.""It would be beneficial to include vulnerability management in the solution, similar to what they have for their on-premise solution."

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"It is very expensive. Its price can be better.""Its reporting can be improved. The reporting feature is currently not good enough for our clients.""The solution could improve by having more integration.""Some cloud versions are not supported by the agent.""They can maybe look at its pricing model. Its pricing could be cheaper for the African countries or developing economies.""Overall, it's a very good product but they could do with some modifications log-wise.""Sometimes the reports are cumbersome, and you have to drill down to get more information.""Imperva SecureSphere Database Security could improve the database defense feature called camouflage. This feature was responsible for the data mask but now it does not work well and we need another solution. All our banks have teams that are regarded with care and they need to mask sensitive data in order to provide testing to developers."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is a very expensive solution. The price is very high. A lot of customers tell us that they would love to use Imperva more. I have some customers who have 50 websites, but they have only 10 websites on Imperva because of the price. They would love to have all their websites running through Imperva, but they can't. They have to choose the more critical websites to protect because the price is very high. It is a very good product, but it is too expensive. If you buy a plan for 20 megabytes and you don't consume all of your 20 megabytes, it is okay, but if you consume more, you are charged for the superior traffic."
  • "The cost is somewhere around $10,000 a site. For every site, you pay individually. For every DNS entry, you have you pay."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "Pricing could be more competitive."
  • "Imperva charges us based on bandwidth, which is better than other vendors that charge us according to data transfer."
  • "The license is on a yearly basis."
  • "Varies depending on the needs of the customer."
  • "We have an issue with Imperva Incapsula in the Iraqi market because of the high price."
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  • "The price is very high but compared to the price of the overall solution, then I think it's a good deal because the solution itself is great."
  • "It is very expensive."
  • "This is an expensive solution and the price should be reduced."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable and it requires a license."
  • "It is quite expensive. We wanted it in my former organization, but the price was very high. So, we couldn't purchase it. I moved to a different organization, and this organization has purchased it."
  • "Its pricing could be cheaper for the African countries or developing economies. The British pound is valued way more than the currency of most African countries. A better or cheaper pricing model for Nigerian and African customers would be better. It has a per-year subscription model. You pay exactly for what you need. That's all. You don't have to buy what you don't need."
  • "Imperva SecureSphere Database Security was quite expensive several years ago, but now they provide a subscription plan for licensing. It is available now for smaller and medium-sized companies, not only large enterprises."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable. The cost of the solution depends on the customer, they have the flex protect licensing which can vary in price."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The three-second service level agreement is already better than the competition.
    Top Answer:The solution is very affordable. It's based on the traffic utilization, the average traffic utilization, not the DDoS traffic. Therefore, if you're being DDoSed, you don't pay extra for the absorption… more »
    Top Answer:It’s hard to think of an improvement. The three-second service level agreement is already better than the competition. You would ordinarily say something like API protection. However, they've got that… more »
    Top Answer:IBM Security Guardium Data Protection is a solution for database security from IBM that gives complete visibility, control, and analysis to secure sensitive data and comply with regulations. IBM… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the automatic reports on new databases, which gives us up-to-date inventory management.
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    Also Known As
    Imperva Incapsula
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    Overview

    Imperva DDoS is a solution that offers protection for web applications and websites and all their associated business-critical data from cyberattacks. The cloud-based application delivery service helps improve user experiences by improving their performance. Through its security platform, Imperva DDoS also provides DDoS mitigation, a web application firewall, and a global load balancer, and includes a content delivery network — all designed to maximize performance.

    Imperva DDoS Features

    Imperva DDoS has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • API security
    • Web application firewall
    • Bot management
    • Application delivery
    • Runtime protection (RASP)
    • Discovery and assessment
    • Data protection
    • Data risk analytics
    • Data privacy
    • Application delivery control (ADC)
    • Content delivery network (CDN)
    • DDoS mitigation
    • Global server load-balancing (GSLB)
    • Web application firewall (WAF)
    • Client-side protection
    • Runtime protection

    Imperva DDoS Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing Imperva DDoS. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Reduce web application risk: Imperva DDoS includes automatic policy creation and fast rule propagation that give your IT and security departments the ability to use third-party code without risk while working at the pace of DevOps.
    • Security from edge to database: Imperva DDoS’s WAF feature secures from edge to database, so the traffic you receive is only the traffic you want.
    • Safeguard sensitive and personal data: Imperva DDoS provides visibility into sensitive and personal data, with the controls to protect that data and the ability to unify management across cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid environments to help accommodate changing threats, new regulations, and challenging audits.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Imperva DDoS users.

    PeerSpot user, Etienne W., CDN & Cybersecurity Engineer - Web performance & security at CDN Tech / Ecritel, says, “It is a good solution that allows us to protect websites. It is stable, scalable, quick and easy to use.” He goes on to explain, “WAF protection works almost out-of-the-box. The Anti-DDoS mitigation in less than 1s, I saw it many times in production, I can say it works. CDN has high performances, and the Smart Caching mode is really "smart" (you can do some efficient caching even if you're not a specialist). Its unique interface for managing security performance and ease of use are the most valuable features of this solution."

    An IT Senior Manager at an outsourcing company mentions, “The most valuable features are DDoS protection. The Incapsula [Imperva DDoS] environment helps us monitor all the web activity. All the web activity is passed through their WAF cloud services, then that can help us to monitor those activities. That can help protect against DDoS hacking.”

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, Ben D., Sales Executive at EVVO LABS, comments, "Imperva Incapsula [DDoS] has many valuable features. One, it protects the top 10 OWASP vulnerability, the open web application software platform, this is standard. Secondly, it protects against broken authentication. As well, it has remote execution of code."

    A Solutions Architect at a financial services firm states, “The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is easy to configure. The solution keeps itself up to date itself and there's no customization that we need to do. It makes it extremely easy and cuts back on the amount of work required, and saves us on man-hours.”

    Imperva SecureSphere Database Security:

    • Audits all access to sensitive data.
    • Alerts or blocks database attacks and unauthorized activities, in real time.
    • Detects and virtually patches database vulnerabilities.
    • Identifies excessive user rights and dormant users, and enables a complete rights review cycle.
    • Accelerates incident response and forensics investigations with advanced analytics.
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    Sample Customers
    Hitachi, BNZ, Bitstamp, Moz, InnoGames, BTCChina, Wix, LivePerson, Zillow and more.
    BlueCross BlueShield, eHarmony, EMF Broadcasting, GE Healthcare, Metro Bank, The Motley Fool, Siemens
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Non Tech Company11%
    Media Company9%
    Insurance Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Insurance Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm45%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Government5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise47%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection
    September 2022
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    Imperva DDoS is ranked 1st in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 13 reviews while Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is ranked 2nd in Database Security with 13 reviews. Imperva DDoS is rated 8.6, while Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Imperva DDoS writes "Reliable with an impressive three-second SLA and reasonable pricing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva SecureSphere Database Security writes "Great discovery module feature; scans and blocks whatever is necessary". Imperva DDoS is most compared with Cloudflare, Imperva Web Application Firewall, Akamai, AWS WAF and F5 Silverline Managed Services, whereas Imperva SecureSphere Database Security is most compared with IBM Security Guardium Data Protection, Oracle Audit Vault, McAfee Vulnerability Manager for Databases, jSonar and DataSunrise Database Security.

    We monitor all Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.