In Appreciation: Dark Reading’s Tim Wilson

In Appreciation: Dark Reading's Tim Wilson

With deep sadness, we share the news that Timothy Wilson, Dark Reading’s co-founder and editor-in-chief – and our dear friend – died last night after a brave battle against cancer that took him from his family, friends and colleagues far too soon.

Tim has served as the leader, visionary and heart and soul of Dark Reading, which he co-founded on May 1, 2006. He was the typical journalist who held true to the ethics and integrity of quality content and ensured that Dark Reading remained. steadfast in its ultimate mission: to serve its readers, cybersecurity professionals. Tim was a gifted writer, reporter and editor who selflessly and patiently shared his expertise, insights and guidance with his team here at Dark Reading, the extended Dark Reading family at Informa Tech and Informa LLC – and of course the cybersecurity industry.

Tim was a pioneer in the development from print to online business and technology journalism, with a clear overview of the challenges and opportunities it posed for reporting and the media industry. Tim brought a fresh voice – and even a bit of disrespect where appropriate – to Dark Reading in his flagship reporting and columns. Among some of the most important stories he covered for Dark Reading was the DNS cache poisoning bug discovered by the late Dan Kaminsky; The Gary Min case in 2007, one of the first malicious insider-threat attacks; Heartland Payment Systems’ massive data breach and so many other major news events. His work on site is large and in many cases was groundbreaking for the industry.

Tim was the mastermind behind Dark Readings two feature sections, The Edge and DR Technology. His goal: to provide readers with in-depth treatments of current and important topics. He also expanded the topic-specific sections of our site as technologies and trends dictated, and spearheaded Dark Reading’s entry into digital events, including webinars and virtual events. Tim established strong partnerships with our sister cybersecurity brands Black Hat and Omdia, as well as InformationWeek and Network Computing.

Tim was a journalist with a keen instinct for the future of both media and cybersecurity, and he was passionate about building a community and bringing people together in new ways in the present. His vision of a conference for security defenders led to the creation of the INSecurity event, a true defense conference. Tim always saw the value of creating spaces where people could connect and share ideas.

Tim was always the face of Dark Reading and was proud to represent it at industry events such as Black Hat, Interop and RSA Conference. The industry also recognized his contribution: Tim was named one of the best cybersecurity journalists in the United States by the SANS Institute in 2010, and in 2011 he was named one of the 50 most powerful voices in security by SYS-CON Media.

Prior to Dark Reading, Tim was a corporate editor at Network Computing, head of journalism for InternetWeek and head of editorial operations at a major IT newsletter publishing company. He also worked twice as an IT industry analyst specializing in computer networking. Early in his career, Tim worked as a PR representative for a technology company.

Tim’s path to journalism began with William & Mary, his beloved alma mater, where he worked at the campus newspaper The Flat Hat as a sports editor and then editor-in-chief. He also worked as a news reporter and DJ for the campus radio station WCWM. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from W&M.

Tim was an avid fan of his hometown professional sports teams in Washington, DC, especially the Washington Football Team and the Washington National baseball team.

Tim leaves behind his two daughters, Ginger and Gwen, who were the pride and joy of his life; his sisters, Anne McEwan, Terry Gottleib and Nancy Morris; several nieces and nephews; and his dear friend Clarissa, mother of his daughters, who cared for him during his illness. Tim had recently turned 59.

Dark Reading has always reflected Tim’s talents, visions and heart. There is so much more we would like to write and remember about Tim and his legacy. We will honor him in the coming days and weeks here at Dark Reading.

Until then, we will leave you with Tim’s own words, who recently expressed his vision for Dark Reading on its 15th anniversary in May this year:

“Through all these stories and many more, Dark Reading has had a single goal: to help cybersecurity professionals carry out their work. We have done our best to provide the most comprehensive, detailed coverage of threats and vulnerabilities, so that those who have to defending against them will be clear.And 15 years later, that is still our goal today.We want to be the site you trust to get the most up-to-date, in-depth and useful information on cybersecurity threats and best practices.

“… Fifteen years. It’s been a wild ride, but amazing. …”

Excerpt from Tim Wilson’s column on May 3, 2021, “Dark Reading Celebrates its 15th Anniversary.”


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