In Appreciation: Darkish Studying’s Tim Wilson



With profound unhappiness, we share the information that Timothy Wilson, Darkish Studying’s co-founder and editor-in-chief — and our pricey good friend — handed away final night time after a courageous battle with most cancers that took him from his household, mates, and colleagues far too quickly.

Tim has served because the chief, visionary, and coronary heart and soul of Darkish Studying, which he co-founded on Could 1, 2006. He was the quintessential journalist who held true to the ethics and integrity of high quality content material and making certain that Darkish Studying remained steadfast in its final mission: to serve its readers, cybersecurity professionals. Tim was a gifted author, reporter, and editor who unselfishly and patiently shared his experience, perception, and steerage together with his workforce right here at Darkish Studying, the prolonged Darkish Studying household at Informa Tech and Informa LLC — and, after all, the cybersecurity trade.

Tim was a pioneer within the evolution from print to on-line enterprise and know-how journalism, with a clear-eyed view of the challenges and alternatives it dropped at reporting and the media enterprise. Tim introduced a recent voice — and even a little bit of irreverence the place acceptable — to Darkish Studying in his flagship reporting and columns. Amongst a number of the most necessary tales he lined for Darkish Studying had been the DNS cache-poisoning flaw found by the late Dan Kaminsky; the 2007 Gary Min case, one of many first malicious insider menace assaults; Heartland Cost Methods’ large information breach and so many different main information occasions. His physique of labor on the location is huge and, in lots of instances, was groundbreaking for the trade.

Tim was the mastermind behind Darkish Studying’s two characteristic sections, The Edge and DR Know-how. His aim: to supply readers with deep-dive remedies of well timed and necessary subjects. He additionally expanded our web site’s topic-specific sections as applied sciences and developments dictated, and he spearheaded Darkish Studying’s foray into digital occasions, together with webinars and digital occasions. Tim cast robust partnerships with our sister cybersecurity manufacturers Black Hat and Omdia, in addition to InformationWeek and Community Computing.

Tim was a journalist with a eager intuition for the way forward for each media and cybersecurity, and he was smitten by constructing a neighborhood and bringing folks collectively in new methods within the current. His imaginative and prescient of a convention for safety defenders led to the creation of the INSecurity occasion, a real defenders’ convention. Tim at all times noticed the worth of making areas the place folks might join and share concepts.

Tim was at all times the face of Darkish Studying and was proud to signify it at trade occasions akin to Black Hat, Interop, and the RSA Convention. The trade acknowledged his contributions as effectively: Tim was named as one of many prime cybersecurity journalists within the US by the SANS Institute in 2010, and in 2011, he was named as one of many 50 Most Highly effective Voices in Safety by SYS-CON Media.

Previous to Darkish Studying, Tim was the enterprise editor at Community Computing, chief of reporters for InternetWeek, and head of editorial operations at a serious IT trade e-newsletter publishing agency. He additionally had two stints working as an IT trade analyst specializing in pc networking. Early in his profession, Tim labored as a public relations consultant for a know-how firm.

Tim’s path to journalism started at William & Mary, his beloved alma mater, the place he labored on the campus newspaper, The Flat Hat, as a sports activities editor after which editor-in-chief. He additionally labored as a information reporter and DJ for the campus radio station, WCWM. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts diploma in authorities at W&M.

Tim was an avid fan of his hometown skilled sports activities groups in Washington, DC, particularly the Washington Soccer Crew and the Washington Nationals baseball workforce.

Tim is survived by his two daughters, Ginger and Gwen, who had been the satisfaction and pleasure of his life; his sisters, Anne McEwan, Terry Gottleib, and Nancy Morris; a number of nieces and nephews; and his pricey good friend Clarissa, mom to his daughters, who cared for him throughout his sickness. Tim had not too long ago turned 59.

Darkish Studying has at all times mirrored Tim’s abilities, imaginative and prescient, and coronary heart. There may be a lot extra we wish to write and bear in mind about Tim and his legacy. We shall be honoring him within the coming days and weeks right here on Darkish Studying. 

Till then, we’ll go away you with Tim’s personal phrases, not too long ago expressing his imaginative and prescient for Darkish Studying on its fifteenth anniversary in Could of this yr:

“All through all these tales, and lots of extra, Darkish Studying has had a single aim: to assist cybersecurity professionals do their jobs. We’ve achieved our greatest to supply probably the most complete, detailed protection of threats and vulnerabilities, in order that those that must defend in opposition to them shall be prepared. And 15 years later, that’s nonetheless our aim at present. We wish to be the one web site you depend on for probably the most up-to-date, in-depth, and helpful details about cybersecurity threats and greatest practices.

“… Fifteen years. It’s been a wild trip, however an amazing one. …”

Excerpts from Tim Wilson’s Could 3, 2021, column, “Darkish Studying Celebrates fifteenth Anniversary.”

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