Recently, Aerohive Networks announced its security solution for Wi-Fi and wired networks. Utilizing Aerohive’s Software Defined LAN (SD-LAN), the solution is meant to protect networks, particularly in the wake of so many Internet of Things (IoT) devices and associated security threats.
Aerohive especially means to highlight the potential that their solution can offer in wake of attacks such as the October 16th Mirai Botnet DDoS attack, which manipulated devices to bring down popular internet sites including Netflix, Reddit, Twitter, and Spotify.
Aerohive’s approach to security protection is connected to the realization that the growth of IoT will be flooding the marketplace in the coming years. New populations of data and connected devices bring unseen, unexpected security risks at an unprecedented scale.
— Brice Layton (@BriceLayton) November 4, 2016
— Jarrod Washington (@JarrodWashingt1) October 25, 2016
IoT devices that connect to the network and Wi-Fi originate from a wide range of manufacturers, which means they typically have limited sophistication and little-to-no UI, making them difficult to secure. Breached security could compromise even large companies so the Wi-Fi networks that IoTs access, in the beginning, must be the first line of defense. According to Aerohive, organizations can use an adaptable, flexible and secure SD-LAN for increased access layer network security.
One of the top capabilities of Aerohive’s solution is the ability to protect wireless access networks “with next-generation Software Defined Private Pre-Shared Key (PPSK) that restricts network access to specific known and authenticated devices, [has] application visibility and control to evaluate what is really happening on the network, [contains] firewall enforcement based on deep packet inspection to strictly enforce traffic policies, and [utilizes] cloud management to enable immediate identification and response to an issue anywhere in the network.”
Aerohive’s Software Defined Security approach is part of their SD-LAN architecture, which offers enhanced access network visibility and control, centralized policy management, and increased protection. The solution also aims to reduce operational complexity.
When each IoT device logs on to the network, it will be given a unique password, allowing it to be uniquely identified and secured on the network. Aerohive’s solution accomplishes this by “using Software Defined Private Pre-Shared Key that unlocks the benefits of 802.1X secured networks.”
Customers have the power to create (and revoke) tens of thousands of unique keys for individual or groups of devices on the same SSID that have management options via the cloud, mobile applications or user self-registration. Additionally, Aerohive includes a deep packet inspection firewall at the access layer, which can enable upstream and downstream prioritization and isolation of IoT devices and applications as needed.
In a recent press release, chief marking officer of Aerohive Networks, David Greene noted that “organizations need an IoT-security solution before their Wi-Fi-connected water cooler or some other thing calls [elsewhere].” He continued that “Aerohive’s SD-LAN solution brings adaptability and security to the network, building on our Wi-Fi access points, switches, and cloud management that is designed to protect the network from the inside and out.”
Aerohive hosted a live interactive session covering how “Aerohive’s Software Defined security, part of the SD-LAN architecture, enables organizations to focus on the opportunity of IoT while the network takes care of the threat” on November 3rd on their Facebook page. It is still possible to access that video for those that are interested.
– Aerohive Networks announced a security solution for Wi-Fi and wired networks that use software defined LAN (SD-LAN) architecture.
– When each IoT device logs on to the network, it will be given a unique password, allowing it to be uniquely identified. This is accomplished by using Software Defined Private Pre-Shared Key that unlocks the benefits of 802.1X secured networks.
– Aerohive includes a deep packet inspection firewall at the access layer, which can enable upstream and downstream prioritization and isolation of IoT devices and applications as needed.