HP Labs group was among the many business units and organizations impacted by Hewlett Packard's corporate split in 2015. For decades HP Labs has been a incubator of innovations big and small, and that legacy will likely not end in the new era of HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

With the split, HP Labs is being divided in two, with areas of responsibility to both HP Inc. and HPE. On the HPE side, HP Labs will continue to have an important focus and role to play in expanding security capabilities, according to Sue Barsamian, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Security Products at HPE.

"Think of HP Labs almost as an algorithm factory, which has a huge benefit for security," Barsamian said. "As we look at the security operations world going forward, analytics is key to finding unknown threats."

As an example of the type of security work that HP Labs has done, Barsamian noted that the research group spent three years looking at DNS traffic data to look for malicious patterns. That research led to the development of the HP DNS Malware Analytics (DMA) that was announced in September 2015.

HP's own DNS servers generate on the order of 20 to 24 billion events per day. As such, the challenge for HP was to figure out how to filter out the bad element.

"We have an analytics team that just does security use cases all day long," Barsamian said.

Watch the video interview with Sue Barsamian, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Security Products at HPE below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurity Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.