Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) announced Wednesday plans to acquire privately held security vendor Niara Inc.

In the Palo Alto, Calif.-based tech firm’s third acquisition of 2017, the company will bolster its Aruba ClearPass offering with new behavioral security analytics offerings, taking a direct stab at Cisco Systems Inc.’s (CSCO) Intelligent Edge platform.

Entering UEBA

In integrating Niara, a leader in the UEBA (User and Entity Behavior Analytics) market space, HPE aims to make Aruba’s ClearPass security portfolio “the most complete visibility and attack detection solution” in the industry. This new category of UEBA solutions employs machine learning and big data analytics on enterprise packet streams and log steams to discover advanced attacks.

Niara’s co-founders, CEO Sriram Ramachandran and Vice President Prasad Palkar, along with several other engineers, will return to Aruba where they previously worked on building Aruba’s ArubaOS operating system.          

Hyperconverged Growth                                                                                     

After HP Enterprises’ split from its PC and printing arm HP Inc. (HPQ) back in November 2015, HPE underwent a massive trim down, shedding its software and enterprise IT services segments in multi-billion-dollar deals. After slimming down its core operations, HPE, led by Chief Executive Meg Whitman, focused on bolstering its core hardware segment along with investing in growth markets such as high-performance computing and hyperconverged infrastructure. Overall, HPE’s strategy seems to be in the new hybrid IT space.

"With this transaction, we are continuing to innovate at the Intelligent Edge with software-defined solutions to better protect our customers’ business and IoT data," stated Keerti Melkote, SVP and general manager of HPE’s Aruba Networks subsidiary​. (See also: HPE Acquires SimpliVity for $650 Million.)