Dark Web Monitoring to Protect Your Business

You may have heard about the dark web and the risk of your personal information being sold to identity thieves and other cybercriminals. Personal information like social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank accounts, and associated account numbers have been sold on the dark web for years. Consumer products like credit monitoring and identity theft protection help protect consumers from dark web crimes.

Did you know, however, that sensitive business information is also accessible and sold over the dark web? Company email addresses, validation credentials, account information, and other important business data can be compromised or sold on the dark web. As a business owner, it’s important to consider adding a dark web monitoring service to your cybersecurity plan to protect yourself from a data breach.

But first, what is the dark web?

Surface Web vs. Deep Web vs. Dark Web – What is the Difference?

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You can think of the web, or the Internet, as a series of layers of information. Most websites you visit are the “surface web,” or sites that are easily accessible and found through search engines. Your corporate website is on the surface web. Of all information on the Internet, only 5% is considered on the surface.

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The deep web is a layer below the surface web and is comprised of a network of websites that are not easily found by search engines. In fact, these sites are not indexed by search engines. The deep web is accessible easily but just differently. The deep web is accessed through a password encrypted browser or a specific set of login credentials. The deep web contains data like medical records, social media files, personal banking information, and passwords. If you pay bills online or save your passwords through Google, you are accessing the deep web.

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The dark web IS a part of the deep web but cannot be accessed through traditional web browsers. The dark web is intentionally hidden on the Internet. Originally designed to share information and communicate by the US Military, the dark web is now accessed by others. Although not all activity and sites on the dark web are harmful, there is a growing population of cybercriminals that use the dark web maliciously and for illicit purposes.

Monitoring the Dark Web

You might be familiar with dark web surveillance as a consumer. Companies can scan the dark web to see if your information is compromised and provide you with an alert if your information on the dark web becomes public. You can also gauge if your personal information has been stolen by checking your credit report throughout the year. Law enforcement has been able to prosecute some individuals for criminal behavior on the dark web.

As a business owner, you should also be concerned about the dark web. Employee information can be at risk – logins and passwords are prime data that can be sold and transferred on the dark web. Website hackers, too, find ways to compromise company networks through the dark web. A dark web monitoring MSP (managed service provider) can help you keep track of any information that may be compromised.

Dark Web Monitoring Services

As a cybersecurity expert, Everound can help monitor the dark web for your small business or corporate enterprise. Through a customized and intentional approach, our team of cyber experts will create a cybersecurity dark web monitoring protocol that includes:

  • Real-time alerts of dark web threats
  • Routine scan of dark web for your business information
  • Detection of compromised credentials including IP addresses, email addresses, and logins and passwords

Protecting your business from cybercrime is an important part of an overall cybersecurity strategy. Delegate dark web monitoring to Everound so you can focus on your core business. Our goal is to help you success through IT operational efficiency.

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