Aruba Atmosphere 2017: Bringing contextual intelligence to network security

During his keynote at Aruba’s APAC Atmosphere 2017 in Macau, SVP, GM and co-founder, Keerti Melkote, talked about Aruba’s secured mobility idea from since Aruba was first launched in 2002.

15 years later, security is still top of mind for this HP Enterprise company, but it has had to evolve as well.

“Looking at networks and the way they are built, their focus was upon picking up packets and transporting it to the apps for users.

“That’s still job one for the network.

“But there is a lot of information the network does not take advantage of – who is on the network, what (devices) are on the network, what are the apps being used, and location. All this can be unified to create new value for business.”

Besides recognising that contextual information can be used for creating insights for business, it can also be applied to security for the business to increase trustworthiness.

Aruba’s 360 Secure Fabric comprises of 3 components, namely:

  1. Introspect UEBA
  2. Aruba ClearPass
  3. Aruba Secure Core

Of note, is Aruba’s Introspect solution, which Keerti as well as a his VP of Product Management, Karthik Krishna, have described as a new area in security called User and Entity Behaviour Analytics (UEBA) or “risk profiling.”

Keerti said, “It is a new tool that uses AI and machine learning and crunches contextual analytics data that comes out of the Secure Core (a foundational collection of Aruba’s access points, wireless controllers, and switches) and creates a risk profile of every entity on your network.”

(This journalist is a guest of Aruba’s to their conference in Macau)



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