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Aruba Simplifies Enterprise IoT Adoption with New Automated Security and Next-Gen Wireless Solutions

New AI-powered ClearPass Device Insight and Expanded Wi-Fi 6 Portfolio Extend Aruba’s Innovations in Security, Connectivity and Analytics

 

HONG
KOng, CHINA - Media OutReach - May
2, 2019 - Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), announced two new offerings to help enterprise customers
simplify the adoption of IoT. First, Aruba ClearPass
Device Insight
delivers a single pane of glass for device
visibility employing automated device discovery, machine learning (ML) based
fingerprinting and identification. Additionally, Aruba introduced the Aruba 530
and 550
Series access points, an extension to the industry's most advanced family of
802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) IoT-ready access points. Together, these solutions allow
enterprises to remove IoT security and connectivity barriers, while decreasing
associated operational costs and complexities.


When addressing their IoT strategies, organizations globally
are faced with new security and connectivity challenges. There are more than 14
million new connected devices being added to the network every day[1].
The explosion of these vastly different and unpredictable device types renders
manual device profiling techniques inadequate and makes automation a key
requirement for securing IoT. To add to the complexity, many IoT devices are
often connected to disparate overlay networks that typically support only one
type of connectivity, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Zigbee.

 

Kenneth Ma, Director and General
Manager, Hong Kong and Macau, for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company,
said: "Aruba is pleased to introduce these important new products to the APAC
market, which I am confident will be quickly and practically embraced by a wide
range of regional organizations. IoT technology will bring about huge industry
changes in years to come -- but only with effective solutions and services can
this potential be properly unlocked. Aruba is here to help."

 

IoT
Security Starts with Visibility: AI-powered
Device Discovery and Profiling

Aruba's new ClearPass Device Insight uses machine
learning
and crowdsourcing to automate the discovery and
fingerprinting of all connected devices and IoT devices on any wired or Wi-Fi
network -- regardless of vendor. Advanced technology from Aruba's Data Science
Laboratory leverages custom-built deep packet inspection (DPI) to create
behavioral profiles that enable precision fingerprinting. ClearPass Device
Insight's cloud delivery platform leverages shared community learnings to
identify newly-introduced devices. Used with Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager and
Aruba's Dynamic Segmentation security capabilities, IT teams can automate
authentication and policy enforcement down to the device and user level,
applying different access policies or rules based on the role designated for
the device. If any device exhibits abnormal behavior, ClearPass can
automatically quarantine or remove it from the network.

 

According to Gartner, "line of business, operational
technology and building automation networks that were historically air-gapped
are converging onto the enterprise infrastructure, adding more IoT devices and
more attack opportunities[2]."Aruba's closed-loop approach eliminates blind spots and provides IT teams
with an automated and intelligent security solution for visibility into this
massive volume and variety of devices to the corporate network, often without
IT oversight. Comprehensive details about each device, including manufacturer,
device location, ports and protocols used, application destinations and traffic
volume are all available on ClearPass' single-pane-of-glass management platform
for complete IoT visibility and control.

 

"Being able to easily identify the growing number of wired
and wireless IoT device types on our network, without interfering with
sensitive medical equipment, is critical to our security and compliance goals,"
said Kevin Rothstein, Network Engineer, Sharp Healthcare. "We are evaluating
Aruba's ClearPass Device Insight to help us discover and fingerprint all
connected devices on a large scale. When integrated with ClearPass Policy
Manager, we will have a powerful closed-loop policy enforcement solution down
to each device."

 

IoT Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 APs as a
Platform for IoT

Aruba has also expanded its portfolio of next-generation
802.11ax IoT-ready access points to address growing wireless performance
requirements as well as accelerate the adoption of IoT solutions. When organizations
consolidate multiple networks onto a single, converged infrastructure, IT teams
can reduce complexity and improve return on investment when executing their IoT
strategy. A converged network simplifies IoT onboarding through automated
endpoint discovery and provides a common policy framework for mobile devices,
users and things.

 

Like the 510 Series announced in November 2018, the new 530
and 550 Series APs eliminate the need for IoT gateways and the resulting
complicated network management requirements, allowing IT teams to easily
connect a diverse set of IoT devices and sensors that utilize different
protocols. The support of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and Zigbee protocols on the new
APs allow organizations to connect with 74% of today's IoT devices.

 

"As a leading producer of baked goods for the quick service
restaurant and C-store industry in the U.S. and 20 countries globally, we have
a strong need to simplify connectivity for our growing set of wireless IoT
devices, from inventory sensors to handheld scanners," said Eric Spille,
Manager of Technical Services for The Bama Companies. "Aruba's new Wi-Fi 6
access points with integrated Bluetooth 5 and Zigbee will provide us with a
converged platform for IoT which could greatly reduce the complexity and cost
of managing multiple networks and infrastructure appliances."

 

An added benefit of the 530 and 550 Series AP is that Wi-Fi
6 offers improved battery life for battery powered IoT devices. The protocol
allows IoT devices to remain inactive until data needs to be transmitted. As a
result, battery powered IoT devices realize a significant power savings,
reducing the maintenance windows for IT staff. The efficiency improvements in
Wi-Fi 6 amount to a faster performing and more efficient infrastructure as well
as an enhanced experience for all the clients on the network.

 

Pricing and Availability

ClearPass Device Insight will begin initial customer
shipments in
May 2019.

The Aruba 530 and 550 Series AP will be available in May
2019.

 

Channel Partner and Industry Analyst
Quotes

"Pervasive enterprise digital transformation efforts are
dramatically expanding the attack surface, leading organizations to face even more
cybersecurity challenges than ever before," said Bill Buckalew, Vice President
of Partner Sales for Optiv. "Technologies such as Aruba's ClearPass Device
Insight, which automates device discovery and fingerprinting across the entire
infrastructure, are an important component of an inside-out approach, which
starts with the core requirement of every enterprise -- risk mitigation -- and
builds out from there with customized strategy, infrastructure rationalization
and operations optimization, ongoing measurement and communication. With a
risk-centric foundation in place, enterprises can close vulnerability gaps and
respond to new threats in a proactive, systematic way. We look forward to
further expanding our partnership and achieving continued significant growth
with Aruba this year and beyond."

 

"Our customers are struggling to manage huge volumes of
connected devices, with new devices being added to the network daily," said
Wally Alicea, Senior Solutions Architect at Integration Partners. "We see this
in large educational institutions, where they have a large set of student and
faculty devices being combined onto the same infrastructure with building
sensors and connected educational tools. Aruba's ClearPass Device Insight helps
IT staff manage this device growth in a more secure and compliant way by
automating discovery and profiling and then linking that to a security policy
that takes into account every single connected device."

 

Blogs

  • Introducing ClearPass Device
    Insight Cloud-Enabled AI-Powered Device Discovery and Profiling: https://blogs.arubanetworks.com/solutions/introducing-clearpass-device-insight-cloud-enabled-ai-powered-device-discovery-and-profiling/

  • Introducing Wi-Fi 6 Access Points
    for the Most Demanding Mobile and IoT Environments: https://blogs.arubanetworks.com/solutions/introducing-wi-fi-6-access-points-for-the-most-demanding-mobile-and-iot-environments/

     


    [1]
    Gartner - Forecast:
    Internet of Things Endpoints and Associated Services, Worldwide, 2017
    --
    December 2017 (ID: G00347577)

    [2] Tim Zimmerman, Barika Pace, IoT Solutions Can't Be Trusted and Must Be Separated From the
    Enterprise Network to Reduce Risk
    (Gartner, May 14, 2018, ID# G00352858)


    About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

    Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading
    provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes
    worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to
    serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based
    business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.

     

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