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HPE Aruba to support Make in India and Digital India initiatives with its new manufacturing plan

Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, is going to start manufacturing of its wired and wireless solutions in India.

Owned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Aruba has invested around $300 million in India over the last five years for the development of its products. With the new initiative, the company will support the Indian government’s Make in India and Digital India practices.

“The fast-growing Indian economy and highly skilled talent pool are critical to the growth of Aruba worldwide. We are committed to fostering the development of the country and its people, through expanding manufacturing in the region. It is a matter of great pride for me personally to lead Aruba and to play a foundational role in its success,” said Keerti Melkote, co-founder and president of Aruba.

“Data and connectivity are catalysts for growth in India, and Aruba is excited to play an important role in the growth story. We are already investing about $60M USD annully in R&D and this will grow.”

The Make in India and Digital India practices aim to digitally transform the country by connecting people, services and devices. These initiatives need wired and wireless connectivity and reliable infrastructure. Other than connectivity, these services and infrastructure will provide location services, emergency response systems, and crowd management.

The connectivity infrastructure will also deliver training to Indian citizens, and drive employability and entrepreneurship. Thus, the country will become one of the largest consumers of wireless solutions.

With its new move, HPE Aruba will manufacture the products that can meet the market demands and accelerate the initiatives of Indian government to digitally transform the country.

“We are fortunate to have such a rich ecosystem of product development, software development and innovation in India,” said Santanu Ghose, director – India, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

“JAM – jan-dhan, Aadhar, and mobile-connectivity have been hailed as the building blocks for economic growth as we march towards being a $3 trillion economy by 2020.  Ubiquitous data connectivity will play a big role in this growth story, and Aruba, with its strong intellectual property and mobile-first philosophy, is ideally poised to facilitate this growth.  The manufacturing capability in India will give us added advantages to rapidly innovate networking solutions that will also deliver benefits and new experiences for other parts of the world as well.”

Initially, the products manufactured by HPE Aruba will be targeted for only Indian market but will grow over the time to be exported to other countries as well. Aruba’s this idea will make India an export hub, eventually supporting the Make in India initiative.

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“Wi-Fi network infrastructure is now a key enabler of technological empowerment for Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),” said Professor Vivek Singh, BHU, Varanasi.

“I am quite hopeful that Aruba’s plan to start network hardware manufacturing in India will be a significant step towards localization, improving cost structures and enhancing the overall user experience. This will help ensure the rapid development and acceleration of the digital transformation process of Indian HEIs”.

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Every Wi-Fi enabled device vulnerable to a new security attack called KRACK

Security researchers have discovered weaknesses in the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II), the security protocol for most modern Wi-Fi networks. An attacker within the range of victim can interrupt credit card numbers, passwords, photos, and other sensible information using the bug called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks).

What this means is that the security built into Wi-Fi is likely ineffective, and we should not assume it provides any security. If the security problem which researchers have discovered is true, then it will be very difficult to fix it. Because the WPA2 is built into almost every internet connected device.

During the initial research, it was found that Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, Linksys, and others are all affected by some variant of attacks. The attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or higher devices could be devastating because these devices can be tricked into (re)installing an all-zero encryption key. Currently 41% of Android devices are vulnerable to this attack.

It is also possible that attackers can inject and manipulate data depending on the network configuration, such as ransomware or other malware data into websites.

US Homeland Security’s cyber-emergency unit US-CERT confirmed the news of vulnerability on Monday and described the research this way- “US-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.”

Most of the protected Wi-Fi networks including personal and enterprise WPA2 networks are affected by the KRACK and are at risk of attack. All the clients and access points that were examined by researchers were vulnerable to some variant of the attack. The vulnerabilities are indexed as: CVE-2017-13077, CVE-2017-13078, CVE-2017-13079, CVE-2017-13080, CVE-2017-13081, CVE-2017-13082, CVE-2017-13084, CVE-2017-13086, CVE-2017-13087, CVE-2017-13088.

“The weakness lies in the protocol’s four-way handshake, which securely allows new devices with a pre-shared password to join the network. If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected,” said Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic, who found the flaw.

Changing the passwords is not going to work even if you set a strong one. So, update all your devices and operating systems to the latest versions. As of now, users can protect themselves by sticking with sites that have HTTPS security, and keeping the Wi-Fi off. Since the security issue is related to Wi-Fi, the attacker has to be within a range, and the odds of widespread attacks are apparently low.

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The warning came at Black Hat security conference, and is scheduled to be formally presented on November 1 at ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) in Dallas.