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.

Cybersecurity defense: Racquetball, rest, and service

Cybersecurity defense: Racquetball, rest, and service

I frequently talk to MSP owners or their technicians and often find them harried and stretched for time. While those descriptors could apply to scores of professions, the stakes of feeling frazzled are high for MSPs. The world of cybersecurity...

/ November 13, 2019
Another ‘-ish’ MSPs need to watch

Another ‘-ish’ MSPs need to watch

When it comes to MSPs, there is one set of letters that causes indigestion: ‘-ishing.’ Phishing is the biggest headache, of course. Successful phishing expeditions have led to many network breaches in businesses large and small. Recently on Smarter MSP,...

/ November 6, 2019
Four areas MSPs need to consider while transitioning to 5G

Four areas MSPs need to consider while transitioning to 5G

For years we’ve anticipated 5G’s arrival, and as we approach 2020, you’ll be hearing about it more and more. Welcome to a world where data is transferred up to 100 times faster than current speeds. Countries like South Korea and...

/ October 30, 2019
MSPs and schools can be a good cybersecurity partnership

MSPs and schools can be a good cybersecurity partnership

Achievement tests, rumbling school buses, and Friday night football are a few signs that the educational ecosystem is up and running again for another academic year. Schools are increasingly on the radar of hackers, who view schools as repositories of...

/ October 23, 2019
AI meets vishing

AI meets vishing

Artificial intelligence is making its presence felt in everything from Amazon’s Alexa to factory floor industrial applications. AI-infused software is ramping up its predictive capabilities and strengthening its algorithmic methodology to become more accurate. Of course, AI can be abused....

/ October 17, 2019 / 1 Comment
IoT devices are the office version of baby monitors

IoT devices are the office version of baby monitors

As the Dad to a three and six-year-old, the days of baby monitors was not that long ago. I owned a baby monitor, but I rarely used it because it also unnerved me. Baby monitors have a well-documented and inherent...

/ October 9, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How can my MSP provide security for manufacturing clients?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can my MSP provide security for manufacturing clients?

Q: My MSP is located in an industrialized city and an increasing amount of our clients are manufacturing facilities. What can we do to keep our manufacturing clients safe? First of all, congratulations on posing the question — this means...

/ October 7, 2019
The vulnerability of VPNs

The vulnerability of VPNs

Forget using the public WiFi at the airport or poaching the McDonald’s signal in the parking lot. You’ve installed a VPN for your client. Now when they travel out of the office for remote work, their data will be safe,...

/ October 2, 2019
Are banks doing enough to combat cybercrime?

Are banks doing enough to combat cybercrime?

Last week we explored the security vulnerabilities posed by banks using legacy systems and how MSPs can play a mitigation role. This week, we explore the steps banks and their security teams should be taking today to prevent the next...

/ September 25, 2019
MSPs should start investing in the banking industry

MSPs should start investing in the banking industry

Financial firms have long been at the forefront of malware attacks. In fact, a report released this year shows that a full 25 percent of attacks are aimed at businesses in the finance industry. The reasons for “virtual bank robberies”...

/ September 18, 2019