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Cisco patches traffic snooping flaw in its networking gear OSes

Cisco Systems said attackers could disrupt or intercept traffic in many of its networking products unless a new security update is applied to the software they run.

Home router security to be tested in Defcon contest

Researchers are gearing up to hack an array of different home routers during a contest next month at the Defcon 22 security conference.

Flaw exposes some Cisco home wireless devices to hacking

Nine of Cisco's home and small office cable modems with router and wireless access point functionality need software updates to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow remote attackers to completely compromise them.

Level 3 to buy TW Telecom for $5.7B to upgrade metro coverage

Level 3 Communication is buying TW Telecom for approximately $5.7 billion in an effort to boost its metropolitan footprint of fixed networks.

USB SuperSpeed will relegate Thunderbolt to a niche

With new specs increasing USB's throughput to 10Gbps, its power up to 100 watts and its cable to a reversible design, Thunderbolt's future could be dim.

Cisco fixes denial-of-service flaws in IOS software for networking devices

Cisco Systems released security updates for its IOS software used on routers, switches and other networking gear in order to fix seven vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers to impact the performance of affected devices or force them to reboot.

Huawei chip partnership looks toward Ethernet hitting 400 gigabits

A demonstration this week by networking vendor Huawei Technologies and chip maker Xilinx signaled the optical industry's eagerness for 400-Gigabit Ethernet, a standard that is still at least two years away.

Broadcom hopes new specs can boost OpenFlow switch performance

Chip maker Broadcom has announced a new specification along with software and APIs to improve the performance of OpenFlow switches and to make it easier for hardware vendors to build products.

Sierra Wireless' new LTE gateway can take over when your fixed line fails

For enterprises that are thinking about switching from fixed to wireless Internet access, Sierra Wireless has launched the AirLink ES440 LTE gateway.

Asus simplifies router configuration to protect external hard drives

Asus is distributing a firmware update that will change the default security settings on its broadband routers after files on thousands of external hard drives were found easily accessible over the Internet.

Network Hardware In Depth

The Challenges of Simplification

CIO magazine editor in chief Maryfran Johnson looks at how some companies are tackling the complex task of making their tools and processes simpler

Three Quick Tips for Presenting to the Board

There's a right way and a wrong way to convey important information to your fellow executives. Our expert offers three things to keep in mind.

CIOs Are Critical to Improving Customer Experience

Forrester vice president Kyle McNabb advises CIOs to take a central role in improving customer experience and outlines what it takes to reclaim that role.

Editor's Letter: Can We Get A CIO-CMO Do-Over?

CIO magazine's editor in chief discusses our June 15 cover story on the CIO-CMO relationship and why, despite the potential for animosity, there is a big benefit in learning to get along.

Publisher's Letter: How CIOs Can Help Build IT Talent for the Future

Many in the US are concerned about the talent gap between American students and similarly-aged students overseas when it comes to math and science skills. This is a real problem for our economy and security. But CIOs can help by reaching out to guidance counselors and educating them about jobs in IT.

What Separates Business Routers From Consumer Routers?

If you're in the market for a new router for your small business, you might be tempted by the flashy features, high speeds, and low cost of consumer-oriented routers. The latest models, based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard, look particularly attractive.

Can a New Analyst Firm Take Down Gartner?

For more than 30 years, Gartner has dominated the IT analyst market. columnist Rob Enderle sees Ombud, a new analyst firm focusing on social CRM and pulling member profiles from LinkedIn, as a viable challenge to a firm founded before there were even PCs.

Is it So Bad for the CIO to Report to the CFO?

Conventional wisdom says the CIO should report to the CEO. But not everyone agrees that's so important.

How the Cloud Democratizes and Complicates Disaster Recovery

When it comes to disaster recovery, the cloud is showing itself to be a mixed bag.'s Jeff Vance explains how the great shift in technology has both lowered the entry barriers for DR technology and given smaller businesses what could be a dangerous sense of false security.

How CIOs Can Help Facilitate Systems of Engagement

The CEO community is turning to CIOs to help accelerate revenue growth and deepen engagement with customers.