HPE and Aruba Networking Elevate Network Security with AI-Powered 5G and Wi-Fi 7 Solutions

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HPE and Aruba Networking Elevate Network Security with AI-Powered 5G and Wi-Fi 7 Solutions

Network security took center stage as Atmosphere, Aruba Networking’s annual event, joined forces with HPE Discover 2024, showcasing Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.’s dedication to integrating Aruba Networking into its advanced AI offerings. Here’s why this partnership is a game-changer for cybersecurity.

AI-Driven Enhancements for Network Security

Aruba Central introduced innovations in private 5G and Wi-Fi 7, emphasizing AI-driven enhancements for heightened security and efficiency. Leveraging AI tools ensures accurate recommendations and robust security measures, according to David Hughes, senior vice president and chief product and technology officer at HPE.

“In Aruba, we’ve had a team of dozens of data scientists focused on AI now for several years. And we’ve been leveraging the data, the telemetry that comes from all the devices we manage,” said Hughes. “Rather than rushing things out with the opportunity of a risk of saying something incorrect or making the wrong recommendation, we’ve been really focused on how to take the tools that are out there, but put them on rails and then train them in our own environment with our own documentation.”

Aiming for Zero-Trust Network Security

HPE is launching private 5G for its enterprise customers and integrating Wi-Fi 7 for different use cases. Phil Mottram, executive VP and GM of Aruba networking at HPE, explained the distinct use cases for 5G and Wi-Fi 7:
  • 5G: Ideal for large outdoor areas such as navy and army bases.
  • Wi-Fi 7: Suited for venues like offices, campuses, and retail stores.

HPE’s pending acquisition of Juniper Networks Inc. aims to further accelerate the deployment of AI throughout its network. The Internet of Things (IoT) will be crucial, with older devices posing potential security problems. “IoT is going to become more important to customers,” said Mottram. “Some of these IoT devices are old, so therefore security becomes more of a priority. And that’s why we’ve added additional features into Aruba Central to be able to look for strange behavior in IoT devices.”

Enhancing Security with AI Capabilities

Aruba Central’s embedded AI capabilities can spot security issues for remote and on-premises users. HPE’s recent acquisition of Axis Security supports threat detection from the edge to the cloud. Given Aruba Central services a range of customers, a zero-trust policy is vital.

“The idea of zero trust is you start with connecting nothing to nothing, basically,” said Hughes. “For many customers, starting from kind of a blank sheet of paper and adding all these rules, it’s hard. They’ve got a network that’s operating; they don’t exactly know what’s in there. What we’ve done is used AI to be able to observe what’s going on in their network and then make recommendations.”

Conclusion

HPE and Aruba Networking’s integration of AI-powered solutions for 5G and Wi-Fi 7 significantly enhances network security. With a focus on zero-trust policies and AI-driven security measures, they are setting a new standard in cybersecurity.