The The Dark Web consists of hidden internet sites that can only be accessed with the use of specific software and configurations and web browsers. Though the dark web can be used for legitimate and legal purposes, it’s more commonly used by cybercriminals for illegal activities, like selling someone’s personal credentials, or malware and viruses for hackers to purchase via cryptocurrency. The Dark Web is sought out from cybercriminals because all the activity is untraceable and remains anonymous. is essentially a marketplace for cyber criminals. If your data has been compromised, the dark web is the place where it is traded. It could be sold by miscreants, to miscreants, who can later hack into your system or extort money from you to prevent a data leak and so on.
What can be the implications for your organization if you are on the dark web?
If your data is on the dark web, it puts your business and your customers at risk. For example, as a business, you possess a lot of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of your customers, which, if leaked can even shut down your business by:
- Attracting lawsuits that require you to shell out large sums of money in the form of fines or settlements
- Causing serious damage to your brand
- Resulting in the loss of customers and new business
What are dark web monitoring services?
One way to mitigate the risks of the dark web is by signing up for dark web monitoring services.
As a part of the dark web monitoring service, Accelerate consistently monitors the dark web for any PII information that may be present or is being used for trade. There are various avenues where such information may be made available on the dark web. Examples could include:
- Chat forums
- Social media platforms
- Online marketplaces (Dark web’s equivalent of eBay or Craigslist)
Another service offered as a part of dark web monitoring includes vulnerability alerts. On the dark web, there will be entities who will be willing to give away information about vulnerabilities in certain systems/software for a price. A company that offers dark web monitoring will keep an eye out for such information and alert its customers of such threats.
Companies offering dark web monitoring services may also be able to offer you industry insights, trends, and benchmarks that can help you proactively tighten your cybersecurity.
What you can do: Safeguarding your data against the dark web
With dark web monitoring services, you will know if there has been a data breach. Let’s say you come to know your e-commerce website’s user IDs and passwords have been stolen, or your client’s credit card data has been leaked via your database, you can take the necessary steps to mitigate a possible Ransomware is a type of malware that is still created by cybercriminals and is used to compromise a machine, system or network and to threaten to keep, publish or wipe all the data unless a specified ransom is paid. attack or data leak before it happens. But, that’s reactive. That’s damage control after the damage has been done. While dark web monitoring services can warn you if your data has been compromised, here are a few things that you can do to keep your data safe in the first place.
Follow good password hygiene and industry best practices. Establish clear password policies and rules and regulations regarding password sharing. For example, discourage the use of the same passwords for multiple accounts or use of passwords that are too simple or obvious such as user’s name, date of birth/date of joining organization or numbers in sequence, etc, establish policies regarding password update at regular intervals.
Train your staff
Train your staff to identify spam, Phishing is a social engineering event where a cybercriminal attempts to receive personal information, like a credit card number or bank account information through email, phone or SMS text messaging by posing as a legitimate person or institution. Typically, this is the first step involved in identity theft or financial loss., and other Malware is short for “Malicious Software” and is typically coded and designed by cybercriminals for the intel to corrupt a machine, system or gain access to a network. Malware is most commonly created and sold on the Dark Web. traps. Conduct tests and mock drills and re-train those who don’t pass them. Provide updates when there’s a new threat in cyberspace that may affect you.
If you allow your employees to bring their own devices to work, establish a clear This acronym stands for Bring Your Own Device, which refers to an employee bringing their personal smartphone, laptop or tablet in lieu of company-provided equipment. A BYOD policy can make employees happy, but it also presents many other issues that should be explicitly addressed by employers before it becomes adopted. The biggest issue that companies face revolves around how to secure their data on the device and protect it from misuse. However, bringing your own device is not just an framework that will help you manage the risks associated with this setup.
Access permissions and roles
Establish different user roles for your staff and give them role-based data editing, copying or sharing permissions, so that each employee only has as much access to information as they really need.
Being exposed in the dark web can be exhausting, scary and life-threatening to a small or medium-sized business. Teaming up with an So, what is a MSP anyways? A Managed Services Provider, or MSP, acts as an extension to your own team to offer on-demand IT support and carry the responsibility of all IT logistics, which could include: cybersecurity, infrastructure, licensing, software and hardware recommendations, purchasing and set up, etc. An MSP can also help keep you aligned on IT rules and regulations so that business owners can run their business without the worry of meeting regulatory requirements., like Accelerate, who specializes in cybersecurity or offers dark web monitoring services can help keep you safe!