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.

BYODs and MSPs: Security headache or harmless convenience?

BYODs and MSPs: Security headache or harmless convenience?

BYOD. Sounds like something you’d see scrawled on an invitation to a party. Actually, if you attend the parties I do, “Bring Your Own Device” would be accurate. Nowadays, everyone sits around and scrolls on their devices. If someone does...

/ August 2, 2018
smart homes
Smart homes highlight growing IoT security vulnerabilities

Smart homes highlight growing IoT security vulnerabilities

Smart homes — residences powered by connectivity and the cloud — are exploding in their proliferation. Statista’s statistics predict the number of homes in the U.S. with “smart appliances” will jump from roughly 15 million today to 37 million by 2022. And that’s...

/ July 25, 2018
residential managed services
Residential managed services: New frontier or urban legend?

Residential managed services: New frontier or urban legend?

Among the reams of material I read each week about cyber security, I saw that the rise of residential managed services is something of an “MSP urban legend.” People keep saying it’s going to happen, but it hasn’t. At least...

/ July 17, 2018
power grid security
How MSPs can help secure the power grid

How MSPs can help secure the power grid

Much of the eastern United States has been slogging through a hot, humid summer. Places like Burlington, Vermont recently recorded its highest low ever, with the temperature not dropping below 80 degrees at night. A stifling summer isn’t the time when...

/ July 13, 2018
cloud attacks
Increasing cloud attacks spark need for improved cloud security

Increasing cloud attacks spark need for improved cloud security

It’s hard enough running an MSP these days with all the malware, ransomware, and cryptocurrency miners one has to protect against, but there’s another front in the cyberwar, one that once seemed relatively safe: the cloud. Consider that attacks on...

/ July 4, 2018 / 1 Comment
cyber insurance
Ask an MSP Expert: Why does my MSP need a Cyber Liability Insurance policy?

Ask an MSP Expert: Why does my MSP need a Cyber Liability Insurance policy?

Q: My MSP business is growing, and I’m concerned about staying properly insured. I carry the required insurance on our service vans, and I have a general liability policy that a long-time family friend who is also an insurance salesman...

/ July 2, 2018 / 1 Comment
account takeover attacks
How MSPs can help combat account takeover attacks

How MSPs can help combat account takeover attacks

Life on the road often requires WiFi-friendly stops at diners and coffee shops. I was on the road recently and ducked into a diner to have some free WiFi with my fries. I was pleased to see the WiFi was...

/ June 26, 2018
artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence: It’s not just for the bad guys

Artificial intelligence: It’s not just for the bad guys

With warnings coming fast and furious from tech luminaries as diverse as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and the late Stephen Hawking, to name a few, most of us are conditioned to think of the potential dangers of artificial intelligence in...

/ June 20, 2018
MSP finances
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I get better control of my MSP finances?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I get better control of my MSP finances?

Q:   I’m great at the technical side of the MSP business, and people seem to like our work. In fact, we’ve never been busier. But somehow that’s not showing up in my bottom line. I know that as the owner,...

/ June 18, 2018
polymorphic malware
Threat Spotlight: Advanced polymorphic malware

Threat Spotlight: Advanced polymorphic malware

Imagine having a key that changes shape to fit any lock you might encounter. That’s pretty much what malware creators have at their disposal with advanced polymorphic malware, and it’s a real headache for MSPs tasked with stopping it or,...

/ June 13, 2018 / 2 Comments