(Bloomberg) -- Imperva Inc., the cybersecurity company targeted by activist investor Elliott Management Corp., hired Qatalyst Partners to explore a sale after receiving unsolicited takeover interest, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Several potential strategic buyers expressed interest in Imperva, prompting the company to interview banks and authorize a sale process, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Imperva ultimately hired Qatalyst, the people said, a boutique advisory firm that specializes in technology deals.

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