HPE Acquires Niara To Create What Keerti Melkote Is Calling The Industry's 'Top Visibility And Attack Detection System'


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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is acquiring startup Niara, a security analytics and network forensics platform provider, to enhance the company's Aruba ClearPass network security portfolio for wired and wireless network infrastructure.

"Combining Niara’s next-generation behavior analytics software with Aruba’s ClearPass network security portfolio will deliver the industry's most complete visibility and attack detection system," said Keerti Melkote, senior vice president and General Manager of Aruba Networks, a subsidiary of HPE, in a release. "With this transaction, we are continuing to innovate at the Intelligent Edge with software-defined solutions to better protect our customers’ business and IoT data."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

[Related: Aruba President Dominic Orr Retiring, Aruba Founder Melkote To Continue Aggressive 'Beat Cisco' Sales Charge]

Melkote touts the Sunnyvale, Calif. startup as a leader in the emerging User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) security market segment. Niara's behavioral analytics software automates the detection of attacks and risky behaviors inside an organization and dramatically reduces the time and skill needed for security teams to investigate and respond to security events, according to a release.

Niara co-founders CEO Sriram Ramachandran and Prasad Palkar, vice president of engineering – as well as several other engineers -- are former Aruba employees.

"The Niara solution automatically establishes baseline characteristics for all users and devices across the enterprise, globally," said Melkote, in a blog post. "After a baseline is established, the software actively looks for anomalous, inconsistent activities that may indicate a security threat. Investigating individual security incidents that can take up to 25 hours each via traditional manual processes can now be performed in less than a minute, in four mouse clicks, due to the power of machine learning."

Niara's technology will be added into Aruba's ClearPass portfolio to advances HPE's Intelligent Edge strategy for transforming workplace and operational experiences within the fast-growing wired and wireless network infrastructure market for traditional and IoT devices.

The acquisition comes just one day after former longtime Aruba leader Dominic Orr officially stepped down as president after more than a decade at the helm. Orr's decision to retire came 22 months after HPE announced that it was acquiring Aruba in a $3 billion deal that has resulted in networking sales growth for HPE.

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