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

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Cisco: US Trade Rep. backing Arista product import ban

Cisco: US Trade Rep. backing Arista product import ban

Cisco says: “For Arista’s customers and partners, the cease and desist order blocks the marketing, sale or distribution of all inventory of imported infringing products.”

FBI: Bank robbery? There’s an app for that

FBI: Bank robbery? There’s an app for that

The Bank Robbers application runs on iPhones and iPads (Apple iTunes) as well as Android smartphones (Google Play) and lets users sort bank robberies by the date they occurred, the category they fall under (i.e., armed serial bank...

Cisco to jettison 5,500 jobs, will reinvest in cloud, IoT & more

Cisco to jettison 5,500 jobs, will reinvest in cloud, IoT & more

During its earnings announcement the company said total revenue was $48.7 billion, an increase of 3% over last year. Still the company faces challenges in its core switching and routing business.

Is Cisco set to cut 14,000 jobs?

Is Cisco set to cut 14,000 jobs?

Industry reports have it that Cisco will soon – possibly as early as today -- cut as many as 14,000 jobs – or about 20% of its 73,000 member workforce. According to a report from tech site CRN the cuts emphasize the Cisco’s growing...

US senators want airline IT meltdowns to end

US senators want airline IT meltdowns to end

Two high-profile airline technology meltdowns stranding thousands of travelers in the past couple weeks have prompted two US senators to push carriers to bolster their technology. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J....

Prize competitions for tough IT, high-tech problems all the rage

Prize competitions for tough IT, high-tech problems all the rage

It has been over six years that the government set the America Competes Act which in combination with Challenge.gov has prompted more than 700 public-sector prize competitions that have doled out more than $80 million in prizes.

Much ado about the ransomware scourge

Much ado about the ransomware scourge

“With alarming frequency, ransomware hackers are sneaking into consumer and business computers, encrypting files containing photos, documents and other important data, and then demanding a ransom in exchange for the key needed to...

Cisco uncovers security threat in industrial control system

Cisco’s security intelligence and research group Talos, said that it had reported a serious vulnerability in Rockwell Automation’s industrial control system – the MicroLogix 1400 programmable logic controller (PLC). The Simple...

Open vSwitch finds new home at the Linux Foundation

Open vSwitch finds new home at the Linux Foundation

The developers of open source virtual networking technology Open vSwitch (OVS) said this week they will move future development to the Linux Foundation Project.

What will space living look like? NASA picks 6 habitat prototypes

What will space living look like? NASA picks 6 habitat prototypes

NASA this week picked six companies to develop prototype deep space habitats that astronauts could somewhat comfortably live in on long space journeys – particularly to Mars. According to NASA, an effective habitat contains...

Branch office links, big bandwidth needs drive SD-WAN evolution

SD-WAN market heats up as WAN requirements multiply.

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