What is the Dark Web?
The dark web is a part of the internet that isn’t indexed by search engines, like Google or Bing. You can’t access the dark web by using a regular web browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Instead, the dark web is accessed via special software, like Tor, where users can maintain anonymity (there are no IP addresses) as they surf the dark web and make exchanges.
To most, the dark web is an abyss of criminal and illegal resources, activities, and people. This is largely true; drugs, stolen credentials, firearms, counterfeit money, and more are exchanged, purchased, and sold on the dark web. Like most cyber criminals, the currency used in these exchanges is bitcoin.
The dark web isn’t all about fraud and illegal behavior, in fact it's used in many countries where internet censorship blocks citizens from the rest of the world. It can also be a vehicle for businesses to monitor/protect themselves from attacks (just don’t ever buy anything on the dark web). Hackers and criminals utilize the dark web to exchange ideas and resources, even using chat forums to plot cyber-attacks on businesses. If you’re strategic enough, you can gain insight into what cyber criminals are planning and targeting by surfing the dark web.
What does it mean for your business?
Most of the information that is stolen from businesses ends up on the dark web and is sold to other criminals. The scariest part is the consequence of your data being sold on the dark web. If your data or customer data ever gets sold on the dark web, you or your customers could be held responsible for any crime that is perpetrated using that stolen identity and data.
If your business does get hacked, there's a good chance that the stolen information is headed to the dark web and will be sold before you even know about it. The key to protecting your business from the dark web is ensuring its information never ends up there in the first place. This requires adding top-level security to your network and systems. To ensure complete and total visibility into your business’s network and end-point devices, a vulnerability assessment and 24/7/365 security application monitoring should be performed by a dedicated Security Operations Center. This can help your business identify holes and monitor criminal activity in real time.
The Bottom Line
At NewCloud, we have the tools to help prevent your business from being hacked and having its information sold on the dark web. Our security experts can help you install email security, intrusion detection and prevention, vulnerability assessments, and much more so that you can achieve end-to-end security of your data and network.