As cyberattacks continue to become more ingenious and sophisticated, many organizations fall prey to their effects, leading to catastrophic financial losses, intellectual property losses, and more. Any stolen data usually ends up being traded over what many refer to as a dark web. For this reason, many are starting to adopt practices in dark web monitoring to enhance their efforts in cyber security. In this article, we’ll talk about what it entails and the benefits it offers.
Dark web — what is it?
At its core, the dark web refers to content in the World Wide Web that exists solely on darknets — a network of decentralized websites designed for the purpose of providing anonymity to users. It’s able to achieve this by routing communications through many different servers utilizing various encryption methods. To those who are uninitiated, the internet may appear like a host to limitless data available through search engines like Yahoo or Google. However, this isn’t true.
In fact, online domains available to users via common search engines make up no more than four percent of content online. The deep web hosts the remaining data. And while most of our activities can be actively monitored and tracked, its subsection — the dark web — offers more anonymity.
Monitoring the dark web
The information of an organization may end up hosted by the darknet or dark web, and this data could include banking details, personal information, credentials, health records, and more. If it finds its way into it, criminals will have access to pertinent information that could potentially cause reputational and financial damage to the business. For example, users who are able to secure your SSN will enable them to create fraudulent accounts, insurance claims, and tax returns, to name a few. Actively tracking dark web data sources can help a great deal in keeping the upper hand on your data.
By monitoring the dark web, organizations can stay abreast of any sensitive data that may have leaked onto it and limit any damage from the breach of data. But, more importantly, it’ll enable them to take measures and protect themselves and their clients from any future attacks.
There are a few advantages to monitoring the secret network of the dark web and including it in your cybersecurity strategy. Below are some of the benefits of doing so.
Helps identify and reduce data breach impact. The process of monitoring the dark web involves scouring it for any stolen data like login credentials, employee and customer information, and financial details. If any information is found to exist in this platform, it’ll enable organizations to determine ongoing breaches and mitigate any damage they can cause.
Prepares organizations for threats. Apart from the identification of data breaches, the process can also help organizations find compromised systems and other vulnerabilities and, in turn, prepare for any potential threats.
Safeguards client and employee data. By identifying any information on clients and employees that have made their way to the dark web, it’ll allow organizations to stop people from exploiting the data.
No matter the size of a business, cyberattacks are a threat that should never be ignored. However, by monitoring and keeping track of the dark web for any information relevant to your business, you’ll be able to keep your organization prepared and minimize, if not mitigate, any damage it can do.