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.

SMBs need to invest in cybersecurity

SMBs need to invest in cybersecurity

A raft of recent reports highlight the threat SMBs face from ransomware and other lurking cyber dangers. Much of the attention has been focused on critical infrastructure: dams, power plants, utilities, and election systems. But for SMBs, essential infrastructure backbones...

/ November 28, 2022
holiday cybersecurity
Top cybersecurity tips for this holiday season

Top cybersecurity tips for this holiday season

Many people worldwide are beginning to prepare for the rush of shopping, festive gatherings, and visiting in-laws as the holidays ramp up. Previously, SmarterMSP has written about the cybersecurity dangers that holiday weekends pose, and the end-of-year holiday season is...

/ November 24, 2022
SEC proposing new cybersecurity disclosures

SEC proposing new cybersecurity disclosures

MSPs will soon likely be called upon to help clients with another cybersecurity issue, but this one isn’t about patching or installing firewalls, it’s about explaining. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposes overhauling requirements for cybersecurity disclosures by...

/ November 16, 2022
Hackers prey on holiday MFA fatigue

Hackers prey on holiday MFA fatigue

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is the gold standard in offices around the world. We all know the drill: you use your username (often, and inadvisably, your email address) and, perhaps, as the password, the name of your first dog and the...

/ November 8, 2022 / 5 Comments
The value of holiday shopping user training

The value of holiday shopping user training

Once the calendar turns to November, people begin eyeing the dwindling days until Christmas. And with that sandglass motion of the calendar comes shopping, much of it being online. Studies about shopping, work, and cybersecurity risks are not plentiful, but...

/ November 3, 2022
Education and Cybersecurity
New report validates need for a centralized approach to education cybersecurity

New report validates need for a centralized approach to education cybersecurity

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) has released a report showing that schools remain vulnerable to cyberattacks. “Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools have reported significant educational impact due to cybersecurity incidents, such as ransomware attacks. Cyberattacks can also...

/ October 26, 2022
FBI warns of unpatched medical devices

FBI warns of unpatched medical devices

Industry experts have long been apprehensive about the cybersecurity vulnerabilities posed by the increasing number of IoT medical devices. “Wearable devices are often rushed to market, with little thought to cybersecurity,” says William Hodges, a cybersecurity expert in Miami. “A...

/ October 18, 2022
It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Join an association!

It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Join an association!

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and according to experts, one of the things MSP owners should consider doing to mark the occasion it to join an association or trade organization. “One of those most overlooked aspects of cybersecurity is the...

/ October 12, 2022
Beyond ransomware: A look at other malware threats

Beyond ransomware: A look at other malware threats

There continues to be a lot of focus on ransomware and how it continues to infiltrate companies and institutions. But ignoring “good old-fashioned malware” – a catch-all term for a huge grab-bag of nasty stuff, including DDoS, credential swiping, bank account scraping,...

/ October 4, 2022
CISA warns industrial clients are vulnerable

CISA warns industrial clients are vulnerable

MSPs with industrial clients in their portfolios have a set of security issues that often differ from other verticals, and each vertical brings its own baggage. With healthcare clients, for example, it’s PHI and HIPAA regulations. With finance clients, there...

/ September 28, 2022