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.

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
MSPs can go to the dogs

MSPs can go to the dogs

Everyone knows about the importance of safeguarding health data, and the incredible connectivity that is transforming healthcare. Hospitals and doctors’ offices are now cyber hubs dispensing medical wearables, promoting telemedicine, and building connected clinics. However, in their rush to corner...

/ September 11, 2019
Are IoT devices serious security threats?

Are IoT devices serious security threats?

IoT is transforming offices, campuses, and factories, but also brings warnings that the cloud-connected security camera monitoring the storage room could be a threat. How realistic are these warnings, and how much is hyperbole? For answers, Smarter MSP checked in...

/ September 4, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How do I make sure my Office 365 data is safe?

Ask an MSP Expert: How do I make sure my Office 365 data is safe?

Q: We have clients who run almost their entire business on Office 365. However, most of them decline additional security services because they think that “Microsoft has my back,” but how true is that? To answer this question, Smarter MSP...

/ September 3, 2019 / 1 Comment
Five off-the-radar security threats

Five off-the-radar security threats

Complacency is a formidable enemy. You have a robust patching regimen, an educational component to your MSP offerings, pen testing, and you segment data so that an attack on your client’s system can be contained and quarantined. It’s easy to...

/ August 28, 2019
A low-tech standby for cybersecurity

A low-tech standby for cybersecurity

With all the cybersecurity tools in the arsenal of the average MSP, there’s one that often gets understandably overlooked: paper and marker. Yes, patching, anti-virus protection, double authentication, and firewalls are the most crucial elements of your cybersecurity regime, but...

/ August 21, 2019