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Why Should You Care About Dark Web Monitoring?

Posted by Sophie Ashwood | 19-Feb-2020 15:22:33

Data breaches are becoming more frequent every year, with UK businesses enduring an attack every minute in 2019, so if something could help you prevent a data breach happening to your business, you'd try it wouldn't you?

Dark Web Monitoring is designed to alert your MSP, IT department, or business, when your employee data, such as emails and passwords, have been compromised and are currently up for sale on the Dark Web - before a breach happens.

What exactly is the “Dark Web”?

The Dark Web is the part of the World Wide Web that’s only accessible by using special software and specific browsers, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous and untraceable.

While there are legitimate purposes to the Dark Web, it’s been estimated that over 50% of sites on the Dark Web are used for criminal activities – including disclosure and sale of business credentials.

Most of the time, companies that have had their credentials compromised and sold on the Dark Web don’t know it until they’ve been informed by law enforcement, and by then it’s too late.

What is Dark Web Monitoring?

Dark Web Monitoring is when a certain software is used, such as Dark Web ID™, to search the Dark Web for you, scanning to see if any of your information has been leaked and put up for sale. By using your business domain name, you can see if anyone in your company, old or new, has had their data stolen. The Dark Web Monitoring software will send a report back of any email addresses, passwords and other personal data that may be up for sale on the Dark Web, so you can act quickly before a data breach occurs.

So, why should you care about Dark Web Monitoring?

81% of hacking-related breaches leverage either stolen and/or weak passwords. By utilising Dark Web Monitoring, you can find out if your business credentials are exposed before a breach happens.

43% of cyberattacks are on SMBs and 60% of SMBs go out of business within 6 months of a cyber incident. Having Dark Web Monitoring is like having an early warning system to help mitigate the effects caused by a breach. The continuous monitoring means that you can ensure your business stays alert and helps protect you from cybercriminals.

What does this data mean?

Typically, this data means that your employees used their work email as a login on third-party websites – that website suffered from a breach and the login details, such as passwords and usernames were exposed.

Aren’t there free tools you could use instead?

Yes, there are free services such as ‘Haveibeenpwned (HIBP)’, which are available to everyone, however, these tools do not include passwords and the owner of HIBP, Troy Hunt, has publicly admitted,

“It should be abundantly clear from this post but let me explicitly state it anyway; I have no idea how many of these are legitimate, how many are partially correct, and how many are outright fabricated.”

What can you do if your business data is on the Dark Web?

We recommend you change your passwords whenever you discover your data has been stolen. If you use the same password for business and personal accounts, make sure you change that password wherever it’s been used. Contrary to popular belief, the longer your password is, the harder it is to be hacked. You don’t have to use special characters combined with capitalisation and numbers - SOMETHINGLIKETHISCANBEHARDERTOHACK than S0mEth1N6L!kEtH|S.

How can we help?

If you’d like to see if your business credentials are on the Dark Web, you can request a free scan from us, and we’ll send you the report within 24 hours – the report is completely anonymous and obligation free.

If you would like to set up regular Dark Web Monitoring, please speak to one of our Security Specialists. Dark Web Monitoring is a pay-as-you-go service with zero commitment, meaning you can try it for a few months and can cancel any time if it isn’t for you.

Get in Touch


Want to find out more?

Feel free to get in touch by emailing us at info@aztechit.co.uk, calling us on 03300 949 420, or simply download these whitepapers:

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Topics: IT Security, cybersecurity, Dark Web Monitoring

Written by Sophie Ashwood

Marketing Executive at AZTech IT Solutions

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