Aruba Networks Successfully Delivers Secure Wireless LAN at Black Hat USA 2012

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), Black Hat USA’s WLAN provider for the fourth year running, delivered another successful, secure network for attendees at this year’s event. The conference, held last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the world’s largest gathering of computer security professionals and hackers, and has become one of the most important computer and networking security shows as a result.

Aruba’s ability to safeguard network infrastructures against wireless security threats was put to the test at the event. The network, which was accessed by 3,155 attendees with a maximum of 904 simultaneous clients, detected and quickly contained a total of 1,561 severe independent security events. These events included more than 280 rouge access points (APs) with some rogue APs attempting to impersonate the official event network. Other wireless attacks that were detected included Block ACK DoS attacks, Power Save DoS attacks, Deauth Broadcast, AP Spoofing and “Hotspotter” attacks. The Aruba network also detected some malicious fragmentation-based attacks from the wired side, which were all contained very quickly.

Aruba’s innovative device-fingerprinting capabilities allowed a clear picture of which devices were being used on the network. Apple devices were most prevalent at this year’s event, with iOS devices at 29.6 percent of the total and 13.7 percent for Mac OS. Linux users came in at 19.9 percent of the total, Windows were 19.2 percent and Android 17.6 percent.

The network, which covered a 200,000 square foot facility in the Caesar’s Palace Conference Center and was quickly deployed by two technicians in just over four hours, consisted of 23 mesh point Aruba AP-134 APs and 16 mesh portal Aruba AP-134 APs. The 16 mesh portal APs were wired into the hotel’s infrastructure. Also included in the network were an Aruba 3600 Mobility Controller and an Aruba S3500 Mobility Access Switch. The network was managed by Aruba’s AirWave network management system, which employs a user-centric approach to monitor network utilization, identify where the network is being accessed, the types of mobile devices in use and how much bandwidth is being consumed by specific devices.

“Black Hat USA provides an environment that puts Aruba’s WLAN solutions to the test like no other,” said Aruba engineer Robbie Gill, Ph.D., who led the design and deployment of the Black Hat network. “You simply don’t see the kind of traffic, users or volume of security incidents that you see at Black Hat USA anywhere else. This is the fourth year in a row that Black Hat USA has asked Aruba to provide the wireless network, reaffirming their confidence in the high level of performance and security we deliver to attendees. Our enterprise customers can feel secure knowing that Aruba WLANs can effectively handle the most difficult and hostile of environments.”

For more information on this year’s network, check out the Black Hat blog on Airheads Social:

About Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.

Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at

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