Michael Hardy

US Federal SME

Cisco Americas Public Sector

Before joining Cisco in 2016, Michael Hardy covered the US Federal Government as a reporter and editor with Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News and Federal Times. He brings more than a decade of direct experience to his role as content creator and editor, having been a firsthand witness to many watershed federal IT events.

When he's not on the job, you might find him with a book in his hand, playing a ukulele, brewing a batch of beer, attending a concert, watching an envelope-pushing TV show or taking his dog out for a walk. Not all at the same time though.

He lives in Falls Church, Va., with his wife, Lynda, and the aforementioned dog.


September 11, 2017


Who’s Afraid of Modernization?

Everybody knows that modernizing legacy systems brings better security along with all of the other improvements in power and efficiency. It seems, however, that despite what everybody knows, a large...

August 22, 2017


CYBERCOM comes into its own

The creation of CYBERCOM eight years ago demonstrated that the government saw the potential of cyberattacks as a national security threat; the elevation shows that the perceived risk is even greater now — a correct perception, to be sure.

August 14, 2017


What are Encrypted Traffic Analytics and Why Should You Care?

Think of encrypted data packets like locked suitcases going through airline security. Cisco can analyze them without unlocking them.

August 3, 2017


How hybrid cloud banishes evil clowns (sort of)

Although cloud security has improved tremendously over the years, public cloud still gives some federal IT managers pause.

July 28, 2017


You Thought Ransomware Was Bad

Attacks that lock systems and encrypt data are just the beginning.

June 29, 2017


Unpacking the New Ransomware Attack

WannaCry was not the start nor the end of the ransomware wave. Get the details on the newest threat.

June 26, 2017


First Take: Analysts Dissect Cisco’s Network Revolution

Analysts: Cisco's The Network. Intuitive. is the real deal.

June 19, 2017


Following the Framework: Pro Tips From Cisco

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is the core of the president’s recent cybersecurity executive order, and even before it became the foundation of a mandate it was darn good advice. However, there is no one easy way to align a given IT organization with the framework; each one has its own unique considerations, limitations and advantages. […]

June 7, 2017


Trump Wants IT Modernization Funding, but Will Congress Approve?

If President Trump gets his way in the next fiscal budget, Federal Agencies will get nearly $100 billion to spend on IT. The problem: The president never gets his budget request passed as written, and this president is attracting an unusual number of Congressional critics from within his own party, says Cisco Fellow Alan Balutis. […]