You may have heard the phrase before – the dark web.
Sure, it sounds ominous. However, unless you’re an IT expert you probably don’t know exactly what the dark web means for you or your business. Let’s talks about the essentials. What is the dark web?, How does it affect you? And what can you do about it?
What is the dark web?
The “deep web” refers to parts of the web that aren’t accessible via search engine or casual surfing. This includes things such as private files on a company server, listings in an archive or database, or pictures hosted on your Google Drive.
The “dark web” is a part of the deep web that requires specialized software to access. The software is designed to allow anonymous browsing and publishing. People who want their communications to remain hidden are the primary users of the dark web. Some are merely privacy-seeking citizens, such as reporters or political activists, but there are criminals on the dark web as well.
One of the criminal activities seen most on the dark web is the buying and selling of stolen information. When you hear news stories about data breaches or your helpdesk guy warns you about scams, the end goal of the cybercriminals is often to sell info on the dark web.
What this means for you
There are 4 major takeaways.
Know your potential for attack
If your company deals with valuable information (and it definitely does if you have to log in to anything whatsoever) then it is a potential target for an attack.
Invest in protection
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The tougher you are to hack, the less likely you are to be hacked. Additionally, once your info gets out it’s almost impossible to stop it from spreading around.
Understand your risks
No security plan is perfect. You should absolutely have a cybersecurity plan that includes dark web protection, but you shouldn’t assume it’s fool-proof. Point in case: even the most secure network can be circumvented with a convincing letterhead.
It pays to be proactive. That’s true for your cybersecurity plan and your recovery plan.
What can you do to be proactive?
Dark web monitoring is one of the best ways to make sure your organization is prepared for an information breach. You could think of it like hiring a private-eye for your business. You’ll have someone with street-smarts watching your back.
The technique is two-pronged.
Watch for leaked info
Experts and AI will scan the dark web looking for leaked information and compare it to your organization to see if it’s a match.
If they find a match, it means that you’ve been compromised. The vast majority of compromised accounts are used slowly over time. Quickly knowing when your data has been compromised is a huge advantage. You can then start to take action to seal up the breach.
Watch for possible threats
They’ll also search through different forums and sales sites to see if your organization is being mentioned. If it is, then either someone is interested in breaching your network to obtain information or someone has already breached your network and is looking to sell your information.
In either case, you can start to beef up security or look for evidence of a breach. Or both.
If you’re already feeling paranoid . . .
Don’t worry! You’ve already got a pro in your corner, ready to keep you safe on the dark web
In fact, we’re even offering a free scan of any business’s primary domain to see if there’s already mention of you on the dark web. If we find any information, we’ll be right there to help you determine the next step, whether it be preventative or reactive.
With our know-how here at ICS Data and the power of the Dark Web ID monitoring platform, we’ll get to the bottom of things and make sure you’re protected. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help.