Awake’s NDR platform strengthens cybersecurity across cloud, hybrid and IoT environments

Awake Security, the network detection and response (NDR) security division of Arista Networks unveiled platform enhancements that strengthen its ability to detect advanced threats, protect the unmanaged attack surface and autonomously perform threat hunting and forensic investigations.

Enhancements also include new features that make the platform even more intuitive for security analysts at all levels. Within six months of Arista’s acquisition of Awake, the AI-driven network detection and response (NDR) platform is now integrated into Arista’s zero trust and DANZ Monitoring Fabric (DMF) solutions, delivering innovative and secure capabilities to customers.

Awake’s NDR platform is a key pillar of Arista’s vision for zero trust security. With a new network-based multi-domain macro-segmentation service, situational awareness for all network resources and Awake’s NDR, Arista is transforming network security from an afterthought to networks that are inherently secure.

This approach provides continuous monitoring to identify malicious intent whether originating from outside or inside the network perimeter along with the ability to then rapidly take remedial action.

With this launch, the Awake platform gains critical capabilities through its deepening integration with Arista solutions.

Arista’s DANZ Monitoring Fabric (DMF) is a next-generation network visibility solution that provides pervasive observability for both north-south and east-west traffic.

When combined with the Awake platform, customers benefit from a scale-out architecture that efficiently protects high-throughput networks by enabling use cases such as network detection and response (NDR), threat hunting and full packet network forensics.

“Zero trust is critical to an organization’s defenses and the integration of Awake into Arista enables this posture even when the network and entities on it are continuously changing,” said Katie Teitler, Senior Analyst at TAG Cyber.

“In particular, in this age of remote and mobile work, discovering and controlling devices unmanaged and often unknown to the security team is incredibly important to the cyber risk equation. Awake Security’s product enhancements help organizations move further in their zero trust journey and empower them to operate more securely.”

Key capabilities now available with the Awake platform

Autonomous unmanaged device discovery and risk tracking

By monitoring the customer’s infrastructure, Awake’s security knowledge graph, EntityIQ has deep visibility to everything plugged into the network.

With the most recent enhancements, the platform uses encrypted traffic analysis and other AI-techniques to automatically discover devices that do not appear to be managed by corporate IT and security teams.

This surfaces, labels and profiles shadow-IT, IoT and other aspects of the attack surface otherwise invisible to the security team. Organizations are thus enabled to take purposeful and proactive steps that enhance security, lower risk and improve the cost and efficiency of digital asset management.

Autonomous threat hunting and investigations

Ava, Awake’s autonomous security analyst, sees enhanced capabilities to automate forensic investigations. Ava now performs open source intelligence analysis of discovered artifacts using natural language processing and topic modeling.

Ava-generated forensic investigation reports have shown that Ava frequently finds more incident-related activity than a senior human investigator analyzing the same activity.

Intelligent role-centric user experience

Recognizing that the information a Level 1 analyst finds useful and valuable is very different than a Level 3 threat hunter, Awake has made role-centric usability and workflows a foundational element of the platform.

Launch enables organizations to surface just the right amount of data and capabilities based on the role of the analyst using the platform. This allows the analyst to quickly make risk management decisions rather than getting bogged down with data overload.

“To enable zero trust, security needs to be baked into the network, and Arista has led the charge in making this foundational approach to security a reality,” said Rahul Kashyap, VP / GM Arista NDR Security Division.

“In very short order, Awake is contributing to this comprehensive vision for security while tapping Arista’s innovations to advance network detection and response. This will continue to be a very powerful combination.”

The capabilities of the Awake platform are also available through Awake’s Managed Network Detection and Response (MNDR) solution.

With Awake’s MNDR, organizations can instantly improve their security programs’ maturity and effectiveness by relying on round-the-clock and round-the-world monitoring by the highly skilled threat hunting and incident response analysts at Awake Labs.

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