The internet is an ever-changing, multifaceted place. The parts you use and see daily are far from the web’s entirety — there are endless ways to access, collect, and use information, including the dark web. Once a hacker breaches your system and steals your data, whether it is PII or intellectual property, there are a few different pathways that stolen data can take — the main goal is for hackers to get that information into the hands of other criminals. The most common place for that data to land is on the dark web, where cyber criminals package stolen information and market it to bad actors.

Criminals use the dark web to buy and sell stolen user credentials, including email addresses, usernames and passwords they use to access high value accounts. It can only be accessed through special software and web browsers, such as Tor Browser. Credentials are often captured via phishing attacks, unbeknownst to the user. A business might not know they have been hacked until the information appears on the dark web.

You don’t want to find your organization in the dark web. It could mean you’ve been the victim of an unknown breach and that private information from your company has been bought or sold for criminal activity.

Alert organizations will not only protect their networks from data theft, but will also proactively monitor the dark web for stolen data. Firms that want to understand their risk profile and take a risk-based approach to data protection need to know if their data has been exposed. Gaining digital situational awareness allows organizations to prioritize threats, and even forecast cyber attacks, to strengthen their security posture.

What you can do to identify & mitigate risk of the Dark Web:

  1. Use external threat intelligence to monitor for compromised data and stay on top of the latest threats.
  2. Use a layered approach to security.
  3. Put a compliant data breach response plan in place.
  4. Train staff about security awareness, including phishing, handling of sensitive client information and industry best practices.
  5. Scan the dark web to identify, analyze and proactively monitor for your organization’s compromised or stolen employee and customer data.

We highly recommend dark web monitoring and intelligence to our clients who want to bolster their cyber risk management program. With our Dark Web Monitoring service, we can detect if your company is at risk due to exposed credentials

ACE IT Solutions offers around the clock monitoring and alerting for increasingly compromised digital credentials, scouring millions of sources, including botnets, criminal chat rooms, peer-to-peer networks, malicious websites, bulletin boards and illegal black market sites.

To start a Dark Web scan on your organization, Contact Warren Finkel at wfinkel@aceits.net or 646.558.6358 and we will help you find out if and what data may have been compromised.

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