HPE Acquires Niara to Enhance Security at the Intelligent Edge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has acquired Niara Inc., a Sunnyvale, California-based provider of User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) security solutions. Niara’s UEBA solution would leverage machine learning and big data analytics to better protect against “next-generation” cyber attacks.

User and Entity Behavior Analytics
(UEBA) is a new class of security technology that is designed to identify “next-generation” security threats that have penetrated traditional firewalls and other perimeter systems.

hewlett packard enterpriseNiara was included in a May 2016 Gartner report, “Cool Vendors in UEBA, Fraud Detection and User Authentication, 2016.” The acquired company will operate within HPE Aruba to enhance the company’s ClearPass network security portfolio for wired and wireless network infrastructure. The Niara behavioral analytics solution would seamlessly integrate with the ClearPass network security platform. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“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,” said Keerti Melkote, Senior Vice President and General Manager, HPE Aruba. “With over 20 billion IoT devices expected to be connected to networks by 2020, security is the number one concern for our customers. Combining Niara’s next-generation behavior analytics software with HPE Aruba‘s ClearPass network security portfolio will deliver the industry’s most complete visibility and attack detection system.”

The Niara behavioral analytics software automates the detection of attacks and risky behaviors inside an organization and would dramatically reduce the time and skill needed for security teams to investigate and respond to security events.

Together, HPE Aruba and Niara would provide one of the most complete visibility and attack detection systems for the intelligent edge. Adding Niara to the HPE Aruba ClearPass portfolio 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.

“ClearPass has earned a reputation as the industry’s leading device and user-access policy solution,” said Sriram Ramachandran, CEO and co-founder of Niara. “Integrating Niara’s advanced behavioral analytics with ClearPass is a natural extension that will now deliver network-wide, real time visibility and predictive assessment of potential risks inside the enterprise. We also are excited to elevate our relationship from a ClearPass Exchange integration partner, to directly contributing to Aruba’s growth.”

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