Michael Cooney

Online News Editor

Cooney is an Online News Editor. He is also the author of the Layer 8 blog, Network World's daily home for the not-just-networking news. He has a Journalism degree from The Pennsylvania State University and has been working with Network World since 1992. Direct: 508.766.5421 NETWORK WORLD 492 Old Connecticut Path| Framingham, MA 01701


Cisco whacks its Secure Access Control System

Cisco whacks its Secure Access Control System

Cisco this week this week announced the death of its Secure Access Control System – a package customers use to manage access to network resources.

Big Switch adds security perimeter around SDN data center

Big Switch adds security perimeter around SDN data center

Big Switch Networks today unraveled a wide-ranging group of products aimed at mitigating security attacks, scrutinizing cloud and container environments and improving its existing SDN-based monitoring software.

IBM amps-up Watson cybersecurity experiences

IBM amps-up Watson cybersecurity experiences

IBM Watson goes to the enterprise with 40 companies now adding smarts to the cognitive system.

Juniper boosts cloud analytics, machine learning tech with AppFormix buy

Juniper boosts cloud analytics, machine learning tech with AppFormix buy

Looking to bolster its cloud analytics and machine learning technologies, Juniper today announced its intention to buy startup AppFormix for an undisclosed amount. AppFormix brings streaming analytics and machine learning...

DARPA gamification plan to get deep-thinkers, game-changers to collaborate

DARPA gamification plan to get deep-thinkers, game-changers to collaborate

The agency is proposing an online community known as Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise (GS3) that would “apply a unique combination of online game and social media technologies and techniques to engage a large number of...

20 years ago: Hot sci/tech images from 1996

20 years ago: Hot sci/tech images from 1996

As we wind down 2016, we thought it would be fascinating to take a look at what some of the hot topics were 20 years ago. What we found are monkeys in space; a heaping helping of interesting computer news from the old Comdex trade...

IBM warns of rising VoIP cyber-attacks

IBM warns of rising VoIP cyber-attacks

IBM says common Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and SIP and Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP) are most common targets.

DARPA building space consortium to set standards for safe robotic maneuvers

DARPA building space consortium to set standards for safe robotic maneuvers

Specifically, DARPA said it wants to create the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations or CONFERS that looks to establish a forum that would use best practices from government and industry to research, develop...

Teeny sensor system lets you effectively monitor electricity usage

Getting a handle on electricity use in the data center, home or even Navy ships at sea is no easy task, but a system under development by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Office of Naval Research aims to...

Spaceflight training jets, balloons create challenges for FAA

Spaceflight training jets, balloons create challenges for FAA

As the commercial space flight industry grows, the need for proper training and certification of support personnel and aircraft – which can include all manner of high-performance jets, balloons and hybrid jet/rocket systems – is going...

Customs gives Cisco adversary Arista green light to resume selling network gear in U.S.

Customs gives Cisco adversary Arista green light to resume selling network gear in U.S.

After months of wrangling, Arista today said US Customs has given it permission to begin reselling its networking gear in the United States.

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