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Hewlett Packard acquires IoT security company Niara

Steve Rogerson
February 9, 2017




Hewlett Packard Enterprise has acquired Niara, a California-based user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA) security market company to advance its strategy for transforming workplace and operational experiences for mobile and IoT devices.

UEBA leverages machine learning and big data analytics to better protect against next-generation attacks. It seamlessly integrates with the HPE Aruba ClearPass network security portfolio to create a complete visibility and attack detection system.

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, general manager of 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 behaviour analytics software with Aruba’s ClearPass network security portfolio will deliver the industry’s most complete visibility and attack detection system.”

UEBA security technology is designed to identify next-generation security threats that have penetrated traditional firewalls and other perimeter systems.

In defining the UEBA market, Gartner states: “UEBA offers profiling and anomaly detection based on a range of analytics approaches, usually using a combination of basic analytics methods and advanced analytics. Examples of these activities include unusual access to systems and data by trusted insiders or third parties, and breaches by external attackers evading preventative security controls.”

The Niara behavioural analytics software automates the detection of attacks and risky behaviour inside an organisation and reduces the time and skill needed for security teams to investigate and respond to security events. 

Adding Niara to the 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. Niara behavioural analytics seamlessly integrate with the ClearPass network security platform to create a complete visibility and attack detection system.

After an incident is discovered by Niara, a ClearPass network access policy can be automatically triggered to isolate or disconnect the user or device from the network to prevent access to sensitive information such as credit cards or other customer and corporate information.

“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 behavioural 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.”