The risk of dark web for business

Pranav Kumar
January 27, 2022

The Dark Web is certainly not a new concept, but it is one that is becoming more and more relevant with the increase in cybercrime.

What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is a part of the ‘deep’ or ‘hidden’ web that most users don't have access to. It requires special software, configurations, or authorization to enter and use. The dark web includes sites that hide their IP address through the Tor network and sites that require specific authentication.

Much of the traffic on the dark web consists of anyone who wants to be able to express themselves without being tracked or monitored.

The most common reasons for visiting the dark web include:

  • Shopping for legal items anonymously
  • Researching sensitive topics
  • Protecting personal data from online predators
  • Political activism  

The Risk of Dark Web for Business

The Dark Web itself isn't necessarily illegal, although it is used for criminal activities. It is also popular among journalists and law enforcement agencies, as well as people in countries that restrict open discussion. While not all traffic on the Dark Web is criminal in nature, over 50% of the sites on Dark Web are used for criminal activities, including the disclosure and sale of digital credentials. These credentials can include usernames, emails, and passwords of your business!

How do company data leaks happen and appear on the Dark Web?

Employees use company email accounts to sign in to third-party sites and put the organisation’s security at risk. Because many people use the same password for multiple accounts, a hacker can gain access to all of an individual’s information with one breach. Employee credentials can also be compromised from legitimate work-related sites including HR & Payroll and CRM.

What businesses can do to help mitigate their exposure to the Dark Web ?

  1. Keep a watchful eye on your network – just because you don't know about it doesn't mean someone else doesn't.
  2. Encrypt sensitive data – you need to ensure that your organisation’s sensitive data and customer information does not find its way onto the Dark Web.
  3. Keep all operating systems updated & secured – ensure that the operating system on all of your devices are up-to-date with patches including security patches.
  4. Lock down external access points – make sure that only those who need to have external access can get it.
  5. Ensure internal anti-malware and anti-virus solutions are current and receive regular updates.
  6. Implement a digital risk protection solution- Businesses should adopt a layered approach to security, using DRP solutions that work together to combat human error, insider threats, malicious insiders, dark web monitoring and external threats. 


While the Dark Web provides a safer environment for individuals who use it, businesses are at risk and need to be aware of the dangers associated with it. 

If you have questions about the risks of the Dark Web for your business, read the whitepaper or contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our cybersecurity experts.

Pranav Kumar

Excited about digital disruption and exponential impact of emerging technologies; I have a deep passion for technology, business, and progress. I envision a future where an intellectual and responsible use of technology will positively change the future of work, and life.