Aryaka becomes strategic partner

The company will serve as a founding sponsor of Carnegie Mellon’s Future Enterprise Security Initiative

Daniel Tkacik

May 3, 2022

Aryaka and CyLab

Source: CyLab

Aryaka, a company dedicated to pioneering solutions for wide-area networks, has announced a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University CyLab. The company hopes the partnership will help identify, prioritize, and develop threat mitigation techniques that will then be made available as open source to help enterprises and security vendors to better defend against cyberattacks.

“We share the same vision as CyLab,” says Renuka Nadkarni, chief product officer at Aryaka. “That vision is the future of enterprise security to innovate and make available sophisticated security techniques to cope with the ever-evolving threat landscape.”

Nadkarni says that unlike tech giants, large banks, and federal entities who have large pools of security resources, most common enterprises lack the skill set and sophistication to defend against the emerging attacks and immediate risks to their business via attacks such as ransomware.

We share the same vision as CyLab.

Renuka Nadkarni, chief product officer, Aryaka

Aryaka was attracted to a CyLab partnership because of CMU’s leadership in artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as its breadth of disciplines like humanities, psychology, and policy which enables its researchers to look at problems not just from the technology point of view, but holistically as a bigger problem to address attacker motivations and intent, according to Nadkarni.

“Aryaka believes that we need to topple our approach to security,” says Nadkarni. “In the past, all the decisions on security processing assumed that applications live in datacenters and users live in the offices. This is far from true in the new world of digital transformation where applications are anywhere, and users can access them from any place. This means we need to re-evaluate security in an application-centric way vs. a network.”

The company’s belief in rethinking security is perfectly in line with their decision to be a founding sponsor of the Future Enterprise Security Initiative (FutureEnterprise@CyLab), which has a mission of rethinking security across enterprise ecosystems through innovations in artificial intelligence, computer science, engineering, and human factors research.

We are thrilled to have Aryaka on board as a founding sponsor of our initiative.

Lujo Bauer, professor, Institute for Software Research and Electrical and Computer Engineering

“We are thrilled to have Aryaka on board as a founding sponsor of our initiative,” says CyLab’s Lujo Bauer, a professor in the Institute for Software Research and the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and a co-director of the initiative.

Bauer will co-direct FutureEnterprise@CyLab along with Vyas Sekar, a professor of ECE.

“Aryaka decided to join FutureEnterprise@CyLab because of the shared vision of democratizing sophisticated security techniques and making security controls easy to configure and manage by integrating them,” says Nadkarni.

To learn more about partnering with CMU CyLab and the Future Enterprise Security initiative, contact the CyLab Partnerships team.