The dark web is real and it’s something that you should be worried about. While there are a lot of different types of cyber threats out there, the dark web is the place where much of the data that is stolen from corporate servers end up. For about $15 you can buy computer logins, and for about a $1,000 you can get a full identity complete with social security numbers.
These threats require IT to utilize a variety of different solutions to prevent a data breach and ensure all systems are working properly. One lesser-known but incredibly important security solution is dark web monitoring. This post will explain why dark web monitoring is essential to today’s businesses.
Why Dark Web Monitoring Matters
“…If information is stolen in a data breach, it is almost guaranteed to end up for sale on the dark web. The exchange of such information – which can include customers’ personal information and credit card details, or even confidential corporate data – is rapidly becoming a huge business opportunity for cybercriminals.”
On the one hand, the dark web allows political dissidents to communicate anonymously with journalists without fear of persecution. But mostly the dark web is a way to illegally sell data, weapons, child pornography, and more. The dark web is truly anonymous; it only can be accessed with encrypted IPs via a Tor or other special browser. The anonymity of the dark web has opened the door to a lot of nefarious activity; 50% of the sites on the dark web are tied to illegal activity. ZDNet reports that for $30 you can buy a debit card with a name, address, PIN and social security info.
Why should this matter to your business? It’s probably your data that’s being sold. The Identity Theft Resource Center published a report showing there were 1,579 corporate data breaches last year. That’s a 44% increase from the prior year. Tech Republic says, “If you’ve been part of a corporate or government hack, your data is on the dark web.” Last year hacking was the number one cause of data breach in the U.S., according to the report, and the break-ins happened in every industry sector. A report from KnowBe4 says:
80% of hacking stems from weak or stolen credentials.
2 billion email account credentials are for sale on the dark web today.
85 million personal health information records are for sale.
73% of the U.S. population now has one set of credentials on the dark web.
How Dark Web Scanning Works
Fortunately, CWPS offers 24/7/365 proactive dark web monitoring and dark web protection for your business. Dark Web ID from ID Agent can assess the threat to your business and help you mitigate it. We can determine the nature of the attack and its origin, then seal the breach with sophisticated tools. This service also logs and analyzes how these breaches occurred to allow for better procedures to mitigate risk in the future.
Click here to get a free dark web scan today.