Aruba rolls out security fabric designed for IoT and the digital era


Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, is best known for its outstanding business-grade Wi-Fi products. What’s less well known about Aruba is that it has always had excellent security products. In fact, I’ve often described the company as a security vendor dressed up as a Wi-Fi vendor, as Aruba and security have gone hand in hand like the New England Patriots and winning. 

However, Aruba’s security positioning has always been tactical rather than strategic because its products were used for specific purposes, such as end point protection or wireless security. That shifted this week at APAC Atmosphere in Macau when the company introduced its 360 Security Fabric, which enables it to provide end-to-end security to address the needs of a world that is becoming increasingly digitized. 

+ Also on Network World: Cybersecurity fabric vs. a security platform: Fabric wins +

Technologies such as the Internet of Things, cloud and mobility have created a number of new entry points that enable the bad guys to bypass traditional perimeter devices.  An interesting factoid from ZK Research is that 90 percent of security budgets are still spent building a bigger and stronger perimeter, but only 27 percent of the breaches come through that avenue. I’m in no way downplaying the importance of securing the perimeter, as it’s something all businesses need to do, but this must be complemented with better internal security.

I like the concept of a security fabric because it simplifies security, and it enables network and security professionals to respond to cyber attacks faster, minimizing the impact of a breach. A little under a year ago, I wrote about security fabrics, although I profiled Fortinet’s approach with it.

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