Ever wonder what happens after you have been hacked?
Sometimes, compromised data is used by cybercriminals to shut down applications and systems for ransom. At other times, they are used to launch attacks on other companies. Or the data is simply sold on the dark web.
Enter dark web monitoring.
What is Dark Web?
Before heading down the dark web monitoring path, let’s explain what the dark web is.
The dark web is a place beyond the normal internet which is inaccessible to most. It is a part of the internet that is not indexed by search engines. This means you can’t find it through popular search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. The dark web was created to allow anonymous communication.
Due to the anonymous nature of the dark web, you can find many criminal activities going on. You can find forums, fraud services, marketplaces, hacking groups and even illegal financing.
What is Dark Web Monitoring?
Dark web monitoring is a process of searching and tracking your organization’s information on the dark web. This is important as it can uncover messaging around your business.
Benefits of Dark Web Monitoring
According to the FBI 2020 Internet Crime report, business email-related crimes rank the highest. It is hurting companies.
With dark web monitoring, you will also be able to uncover compromised emails related to your business. With the info, you can quickly relay the information to the affected user and take corrective actions. With this proactive intelligence, businesses can thus stay ahead of the curve on potential data breaches and cyberattacks.
Dark web monitoring is also useful in the event of a data breach. During an investigation, regulators would demand answers to how the breach occurred. With ready data from the dark web, you can readily provide investigators with evidence related to the dark web, saving time and cyber forensic fees. These fees can be costly for some companies.
Consequences of not monitoring
Leaked data can cause financial, personal, and reputational damage to your organization.
A data breach has far-reaching consequences. Affected organizations will experience the following :
- Loss of confidence,
- Loss of reputation,
- Loss of customers,
- Potential financial liabilities (regulatory fines), etc.
Sometimes it can be deadly too as it has been reported up to 60% of companies that have been hacked cease operations within 6 months.
We help companies protect themselves and their clients by proactively identifying compromised or stolen data before malicious actors can use it. We provide a digital monitoring solution that keeps an eye on the bad guys operating in shady places like black market sites, P2P networks, hidden chat rooms, etc.
To know how the dark web can work in your favor, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.