HPE acquires Niara to deliver behaviour analytics


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has acquired Sunnyvale, California-based Niara Inc, a leader in user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA), to use machine learning and big data analytics to proactively protect enterprises from next-generation cyber attacks, significantly increasing the speed of threat detection while reducing the cost of advanced network security.

While manually investigating individual security incidents can take up to 25 hours each, the Niara solution reduces that time to under a minute, thanks to the combined power of machine learning and behaviour analytics.

“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,” said Keerti Melkote, senior vice president and general manager, HPE Aruba.

HPE Aruba ClearPass, combined with Niara’s technology, enables a proactive approach to hunting down threats that have already penetrated an enterprise’s network and to shutting down those threats with enforcement tools.

Niara’s behavioural analytics technology automatically establishes a baseline for all users and devices across an enterprise then searches continuously for anomalous activities that could indicate a security threat, operating in wired and wireless environments as well as with Internet of Things (IoT) devices. A key to the solution is applying advanced machine learning algorithms at the packet stream level inside a network – a feat never before attempted due to the massive volume of data involved.

The acquisition sees the return to Aruba of Niara co-founders, Sriram Ramachandran (CEO) and Prasad Palkar (vice president, engineering), along with several other engineers – the team that developed the core technologies in the current ArubaOS operating system.