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.

Threat of toll fraud emerges

Threat of toll fraud emerges

MSPs have an increasing amount of cyber turf to defend with the rapid proliferation of IoT devices and interconnected networks. Add to the mix the arsenal of weapons the bad guys have, and an MSP could be forgiven for overlooking...

/ February 13, 2020
Conversation hijacking emerges as a cybersecurity threat

Conversation hijacking emerges as a cybersecurity threat

Recent research by Barracuda Networks highlights the growing dangers of “conversation hijacking.” According to the research, an analysis of approximately 500,000 monthly email attacks shows a 400 percent increase in these types of attacks. There were approximately 500 incidents in...

/ February 6, 2020
The risks of state-sponsored cyberattacks are rising

The risks of state-sponsored cyberattacks are rising

When tensions between Iran and the United States threatened to spill over into an all-out war, concern immediately turned towards state-sponsored cyberattacks. Tom Reagan, U.S. cyber practice leader at Marsh, an insurance brokerage and risk management consulting firm, told CNBC...

/ January 30, 2020
Start the new year with improved password hygiene

Start the new year with improved password hygiene

It took a long time, but I finally started changing my passwords on a regular basis. Previously, I viewed a familiar password as akin to Mom’s mac and cheese: easy comfort for the cyber soul. A hacker would never breach...

/ January 23, 2020
Ask an MSP Expert: How do I track technicians without creating an atmosphere of mistrust?

Ask an MSP Expert: How do I track technicians without creating an atmosphere of mistrust?

Q: My technicians monitor massive amounts of sensitive data and have access to multiple high-security clearance networks. How can I track them without creating an atmosphere of mistrust? MSP technicians are the guardians of the galaxy when it comes to...

/ January 20, 2020
View from Australia: Is 2020 the year of the deepfake?

View from Australia: Is 2020 the year of the deepfake?

Malware and hackers do not recognize international boundaries. Human-made viruses quickly sweep across the globe like sneeze-passed cyber versions of their biological namesakes. The good news is that security precautions don’t stop at the borders either. Some of the most...

/ January 17, 2020
A threat to watch in 2020

A threat to watch in 2020

Each year brings new threats, evolutions of old ones, and the typical arms-race between the good guys and the bad guys. One of the virtual battlefields expected to be active this year based on end-of-2019 trends: online advertising.

/ January 8, 2020
Cybersecurity opportunities for MSPs in 2020

Cybersecurity opportunities for MSPs in 2020

Buckle up because 2020 promises to be quite a ride for MSPs that offer cybersecurity services. The MSP Expo, the annual gathering of stakeholders from across the spectrum, has declared that “2020 will be the year of MSP cybersecurity.” We...

/ January 2, 2020
The top 5 cybersecurity takeaways from 2019

The top 5 cybersecurity takeaways from 2019

The eggnog is freshly made, the presents are wrapped, and holiday cheer is here. Meanwhile, the MSP maintaining the North Pole network has been busy keeping the servers from crashing and hackers from breaching the wish lists. So now is...

/ December 25, 2019
MSPs need to get in the blockchain game

MSPs need to get in the blockchain game

Blockchain burst onto the scene in a big way over the past decade. It propelled cryptocurrencies to new heights and spawned a whole new class of cybercriminals, with cryptojacking. However, blockchain’s long-hyped benefits to MSPs have been uneven and slow...

/ December 19, 2019