Kevin Williams

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Kevin Williams is a journalist based in Ohio. Williams has written for a variety of publications including the Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and others. He first wrote about the online world in its nascent stages for the now defunct “Online Access” Magazine in the mid-90s.

MSPs can go to the dogs

MSPs can go to the dogs

Everyone knows about the importance of safeguarding health data, and the incredible connectivity that is transforming healthcare. Hospitals and doctors’ offices are now cyber hubs dispensing medical wearables, promoting telemedicine, and building connected clinics. However, in their rush to corner...

/ September 11, 2019
Are IoT devices serious security threats?

Are IoT devices serious security threats?

IoT is transforming offices, campuses, and factories, but also brings warnings that the cloud-connected security camera monitoring the storage room could be a threat. How realistic are these warnings, and how much is hyperbole? For answers, Smarter MSP checked in...

/ September 4, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How do I make sure my Office 365 data is safe?

Ask an MSP Expert: How do I make sure my Office 365 data is safe?

Q: We have clients who run almost their entire business on Office 365. However, most of them decline additional security services because they think that “Microsoft has my back,” but how true is that? To answer this question, Smarter MSP...

/ September 3, 2019 / 1 Comment
Five off-the-radar security threats

Five off-the-radar security threats

Complacency is a formidable enemy. You have a robust patching regimen, an educational component to your MSP offerings, pen testing, and you segment data so that an attack on your client’s system can be contained and quarantined. It’s easy to...

/ August 28, 2019
A low-tech standby for cybersecurity

A low-tech standby for cybersecurity

With all the cybersecurity tools in the arsenal of the average MSP, there’s one that often gets understandably overlooked: paper and marker. Yes, patching, anti-virus protection, double authentication, and firewalls are the most crucial elements of your cybersecurity regime, but...

/ August 21, 2019
Supply chain attacks on the rise

Supply chain attacks on the rise

You’ve turned your client’s network into a virtual fortress. There are firewalls, double authentication protocols, an up-to-date patching regimen, and frequent pen-testing. You’ve pretty much eliminated the threat of hackers within your client’s critical network, right? Think again.

/ August 14, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: Should my MSP have its own company vehicles?

Ask an MSP Expert: Should my MSP have its own company vehicles?

Q: I’m an MSP owner and business is booming. In fact, I’m planning on hiring two technicians to assist me in servicing customers. Should I have them take their own cars on service calls or should I purchase company vehicles?...

/ August 12, 2019
Increased connectivity leads to increased security needs

Increased connectivity leads to increased security needs

When it comes to IoT, there’s no limit to the thoughts from experts and security professionals about strategies for adapting to the rapidly changing connectivity landscape in the average office. This landscape is changing daily. One statement we can make with...

/ August 7, 2019
Cities of all sizes are being targeted by ransomware attacks

Cities of all sizes are being targeted by ransomware attacks

Last year, it was Atlanta that was brought to its knees by a ransomware attack, sending the city reeling for weeks. This year, it was Baltimore’s turn. The ranks of municipal ransomware victims looks very different.

/ July 31, 2019
Malware resurges with an advertising disguise

Malware resurges with an advertising disguise

Online advertisements can be irresistible. With a TV ad, you have to endure a 30-second spot pushing Corn Flakes or denture cream, whether you have any interest in those items or not. Online ads, however, are targeted to your interests....

/ July 24, 2019