Kevin Williams

All posts by Kevin Williams

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.

Fileless attacks are lurking threats

Fileless attacks are lurking threats

You’ve installed all the latest antivirus programs and firewalls for your SMB clients, and their networks are safe and sound. When things are working well, a calm status quo makes everyone happy. Unfortunately, a placid surface doesn’t necessarily mean there’s...

/ September 18, 2018
BYOD: The good and the bad

BYOD: The good and the bad

“As long as a smartphone is allowed into an organization, there is no way of controlling how an employee uses the technology.” – Dr. Matthew Warren Smarter MSP recently looked at some of the security concerns inherent with BYOD (Bring...

/ September 12, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: Navigating the bid process for government clients

Ask an MSP Expert: Navigating the bid process for government clients

Q:  My MSP has never gone after government business, I have wanted to, but I keep getting scared away by the whole bidding process. How complicated is it? An excellent MSP opportunity may be hiding in plain sight. Many MSPs...

/ September 10, 2018
Email bombing is making a quick comeback

Email bombing is making a quick comeback

I have an old AOL email account that I haven’t opened in seven years — maybe even ten. Right now, it’s a swamp of spam. My AOL could be email bombed, and I wouldn’t know or care. “Email bombing,” despite...

/ August 29, 2018
Foreshadow foreshadowing trouble ahead?

Foreshadow foreshadowing trouble ahead?

Foreshadow has joined Spectre and Meltdown on the list of Intel’s announced chip security vulnerabilities this year. Intel announced the vulnerability and released a well-produced video explaining the lapse and recommended fixes. While Intel’s response to Spectre and Meltdown earlier...

/ August 21, 2018
k-12 security
How MSPs can help conquer K-12 security challenges

How MSPs can help conquer K-12 security challenges

The ubiquitous yellow school buses are starting to rumble down the roads. High school athletes can be seen out on practice fields. Work-from-home parents will soon have their days “free” again. And for MSPs that manage school networks, summer breaks...

/ August 17, 2018
election security
How MSPs can help keep elections secure

How MSPs can help keep elections secure

While most of the the country has been focused on the waning days of summer vacation, splash pads, swimming pools, and back-to-school sales, the eyes of the political world were focused on a tiny slice of Ohio this week in...

/ August 9, 2018
AI for MSPs
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I capitalize on AI as an MSP?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I capitalize on AI as an MSP?

Q: AI seems to be everywhere I look these days! How can I capitalize on the AI opportunity as an MSP? What ways should I be using it? Artificial intelligence can feel like a buzzword, but MSPs that are paying...

/ August 6, 2018
BYODs and MSPs: Security headache or harmless convenience?

BYODs and MSPs: Security headache or harmless convenience?

BYOD. Sounds like something you’d see scrawled on an invitation to a party. Actually, if you attend the parties I do, “Bring Your Own Device” would be accurate. Nowadays, everyone sits around and scrolls on their devices. If someone does...

/ August 2, 2018
smart homes
Smart homes highlight growing IoT security vulnerabilities

Smart homes highlight growing IoT security vulnerabilities

Smart homes — residences powered by connectivity and the cloud — are exploding in their proliferation. Statista’s statistics predict the number of homes in the U.S. with “smart appliances” will jump from roughly 15 million today to 37 million by 2022. And that’s...

/ July 25, 2018