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:
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 ?
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.