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.

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we attract more students to the IT industry?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we attract more students to the IT industry?

Q: I own a mid-sized MSP and I’m having trouble finding talented technicians. That has me worried about the industry as a whole. Is there any hope for getting more kids interested in the profession? MSP’s are fighting a chronic...

/ April 22, 2019 / 2 Comments
Human vulnerability is the biggest cybersecurity threat

Human vulnerability is the biggest cybersecurity threat

The culture of cybersecurity has been training its weapons in the wrong direction, according to Dr. Arun Vishwanath, the chief technologist at Avant Research Group and a former professor at the University at Buffalo. While ransomware, spearphishers, and general hackers...

/ April 17, 2019
MSPs can harvest new business on the farm

MSPs can harvest new business on the farm

When most people think of farming, they think of milking cows, hearty farmhouse breakfasts, fresh eggs, and rows of carefully cultivated crops. In reality, farming is a mix of everything, from no-tech operations to sprawling factory farms. Moreover, in almost...

/ April 10, 2019
Hackers are disguising themselves as the IRS

Hackers are disguising themselves as the IRS

With tax season in full swing, the IRS is arriving to disrupt the efforts of MSPs to protect each of their client’s data. Not the actual IRS. Hopefully, your MSP’s books are in order (if not, well, that’s another conversation). No,...

/ April 4, 2019
Guardians of the (cybersecurity) galaxy: MSPs and biometrics

Guardians of the (cybersecurity) galaxy: MSPs and biometrics

There will always be different opinions on how to best combat emerging threats. As the move towards biometrics continues, MSPs need to step up and be the guardians of the galaxy. To fully secure their customers’ future network security needs,...

/ March 27, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: Does my MSP need a lawyer?

Ask an MSP Expert: Does my MSP need a lawyer?

I am an MSP owner with a broad mix of clients, but we handle a large amount of HIPPA-protected information for healthcare customers, as well as sensitive banking data. I worry about being sued if there is a breach.  Should...

/ March 25, 2019
Your local restaurant might be an IoT hotspot

Your local restaurant might be an IoT hotspot

What telecommuter hasn’t used McDonalds or Starbucks as an office away from the office? I know I’ve spent plenty of hours under those famous golden arches while on the road. The unsecured guest Wi-Fi flows as smoothly as the coffee,...

/ March 20, 2019
The rise of malspam

The rise of malspam

If you are like me, you are probably finding it hard to believe that the first quarter of 2019 is almost over. It seems like a good time to stop and take a breath and look at what some of this...

/ March 13, 2019 / 1 Comment
Patching won’t solve all your security problems

Patching won’t solve all your security problems

I feel like I’m constantly receiving emails warning me about a program’s security vulnerability, saying how I need to download a patch. With all these alerts, I often grow exasperated about the number of security patches that I’m supposed to apply...

/ March 7, 2019
A holistic approach to cybersecurity is needed

A holistic approach to cybersecurity is needed

I recently wrote a security column about sandboxing and, to my tech eye, the technology seems to solve many issues. Sandboxing teases out a potential malware threat before it even becomes a problem. Plus, it’s scalable. There is off-the-shelf sandbox...

/ February 27, 2019