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HPE Aruba Chief Melkote On AI-Based Network Security, Core Switching Sales Momentum, And Beating Cisco In Gartner’s Critical Capabilities Report

Keerti Melkote speaks with CRN about the company's artificial intelligence-based security offensive, initial sales of the new 8400 core switch line, and beating Cisco for the first time in Gartner's Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure report.

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Stopping Hackers With AI-Based Network Security

Keerti Melkote, senior vice president, general manager and co-founder of HPE's Aruba Networks, says the company's artificial intelligence approach to security is stopping out-of-control threats with a focus on user and Internet of Things device network behavior patterns.

Aruba's new 360 Secure Fabric, which will be in the spotlight at HPE Discover in Madrid this week, is the "first" closed-loop control fabric aimed at preventing modern low-lying threats in the interior of the network, said Melkote.

"We call it a 360-degree fabric because we are on the one hand enabling policy-based access into the network and then on the other hand we are also monitoring the network constantly to ensure that there are no anomalous behaviors on both the user side as well the device side," said Melkote.

Aruba's acquisition of behavior analytics software provider Niara earlier this year is a critical part of the 360 Secure Fabric, said Melkote. "We saw this trend towards incorporating more machine-learning and artificial intelligence technologies and we are applying that to security on top of the network," he said. "There is no one I know that has taken this idea of user and endpoint behavior analysis and applied that to the network."

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