September 12

Cyber Threats: How Dark Web Monitoring Helps Protect Your Business.

What is the Dark Web and why invest in Dark Web Monitoring?

The ‘Dark Web’ is a subset of the ‘Deep Web’.

Let’s talk about the Deep Web for a moment.  The deep web, invisible web, or hidden web are parts of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard web search engines. 

This is in contrast to the “surface web”, which is accessible to anyone using the Internet. Computer-scientist Michael K. Bergman is credited with coining the term in 2001 as a search-indexing term.

Now onto the Dark Web.

The dark web is made up of sites that are not indexed by search engines and are only accessible through specialty networks such as The Onion Router (ToR). Often, the dark web is used by cybercriminals who want to remain anonymous.

The dark web is like an online shopping mall of illicit things. 

Bad Actors ‘Hackers’ operate on the dark web and trade in the buying and selling of items including:

  • Credentials – email addresses, passwords, personal information.
  • Credit card numbers, 
  • Counterfeit currencies, 
  • Firearms, and
  • Various types of drugs.

As our thirst for technology grows, so does our cyber risk.

What is Dark Web Monitoring?

Dark web monitoring is a process that helps businesses monitor and identify any confidential data they own that may be up for sale by bad actors ‘Hackers’. 

Platforms like CRINTEL, notify you once any confidential data is found on the dark web. It may seem irrelevant to business owners, but dark web monitoring plays a very special role in helping to protect their business.

13 of the most recognized dark web activities:

  • Sale of Credentials – email, password, etc – for ransomware or hacking purposes
  • Credit card numbers
  • Subscription credentials
  • Company access credentials
  • Darknet Market
  • Hacking groups/Services
  • Fraud services
  • Phishing scams
  • Illegal pornography
  • Terrorism
  • Botnets
  • Human Trafficking
  • Cybercrime Software

Sadly, most companies, particularly, small businesses tend to ignore the severity of compromised credentials and the dangers the dark web poses. Maybe it is because it has never happened to them or because they presume, hackers target only large businesses.

The reality is. Small and medium businesses are not exempt from the list of targets hackers are looking into. 

Taking a closer look at cyber threats targeting small businesses

Small to Medium Businesses are not safe from cyber threats. 

For example, in Australia, a Queensland business executive was recently held for $1.5 million ransom after an employee opened a simple email.

The fact is. A data breach can happen to any business, small or large, at any time. The cyberattacks do not send a warning signal- they just come and attack a business or an employee whenever they want. 

It only takes one single employee or supplier to click on a phishing scam to potentially compromise an entire business.

Benefits of Dark Web Credential Monitoring For Business

Dark web monitoring of business credentials provides business owners with early detection of cyber threats. 

Cyber intelligence solutions such as dark web monitoring provide business owners with an early alert. These notifications allow business owners and their cyber security teams to take the necessary actions to protect their business, their people, and their clients.

Global Statistics of Ransomware Attacks - CRINTEL

A single data breach can cost a business millions of dollars. 

Aside from that, your business may also lose loyal customers, affect potential business expansions, and ultimately damage brand reputation which took you years of hard work to establish.

Luckily, dark web monitoring exists. This service is extremely essential for any company and business. The reality is that many of your customers’ or employees’ stolen credentials might now be floating on the dark web and for many businesses – you most likely don’t have the slightest idea that this information is up for sale on the dark web.

How does dark web monitoring work?

It all starts with a cyber intelligence solution – like CRINTEL. 

Our Threat Intelligence Units (TIUs) monitor your business domain, email addresses and key suppliers – looking for exposed credentials that we can find about your business and suppliers – that are up for sale on the dark web.

Our enterprise-level cyber intelligence systems, supported by human operatives, collect live dynamic data that is scanned or sourced from live dark web forums leveraging multiple sources in real-time 24/7, 365 days per year.

Any exposure found on the dark web is then verified by real humans. 

We then alert you if your information is compromised – to allow you to take the appropriate action to protect any accounts compromised in a breach. For example, change your password, notify your team, suppliers or clients. 

Utilising dark web monitoring for your business helps with reducing risk and prepares you for possible data breaches, non-compliance fines, virtual theft, damaged business brand reputation, and the worst, loss of business.

This is why businesses small and large are investing in cyber intelligence solutions, like CRINTEL to act as a double-check for their cybersecurity teams.

CRINTEL helps SMEs with Cyber Threat Intelligence & Dark Web Monitoring

CRINTEL – Cyber Risk Intelligence is a Private Intelligence Agency (PIA) that specialises in Cyber Threat and Risk Intelligence originating from the Dark Web. 

We work as a co-managed solution to support and provide your internal team and external IT cybersecurity advisors with 24/7 live monitoring of the dark web.

Our Threat Intelligence Units (TIUs) monitor your business domain, email addresses and key suppliers – looking for exposed credentials that we can find about your business and suppliers – that are up for sale on the dark web. 

Our enterprise-level cyber intelligence systems, used by Fortune 500 companies, are supported by human operatives and collect live dynamic data that is scanned or sourced from live dark web forums leveraging multiple sources in real-time 24/7, 365 days per year.

Are your business credentials up for sale on the dark web? 

Dark Web Monitoring CRINTEL

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NOTE: As this article is sourced from one or more third parties we cannot guarantee the information is correct and suggest if you are relying on this information, for whatever reason, then you should first do your own research. Click here to learn more about how CRINTEL can help your business.

Sources:

https://us.norton.com/feature/dark-web-monitoring

https://www.idagent.com/blog/why-you-should-add-dark-web-monitoring-to-your-service-offering/

https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2020_IC3Report.pdf

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-07-16/australian-organisations-paying-millions-ransomware-hackers/100291542#:~:text=They%20found%20that%20two%20thirds,organisations%20%E2%80%94%20had%20paid%20the%20ransom.&text=That’s%20a%20rough%20total%20of%20at%20least%20%2455%20million%20in%20ransom%20payments.


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Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Threats, Dark Web, Dark Web Monitoring, Small Business


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