Forewarned is forearmed. The world of IT and organisational security is engaged in an on-going battle to stay ahead of cybercriminals, or at least be as aware of the latest developments among criminal hackers. As soon as IT security professionals and developers shut down the latest vulnerabilities and exploits (methods for compromising IT systems), cybercriminals find new ways to threaten digital security. Dark web scanning presents a powerful way to monitor for new cybercrimes and compromises.
What is the Dark Web?
The dark web, also known as darknet, is an area of the internet that isn’t accessible through regular software like web browsers. To access the dark web requires anonymising and encryption tools like Tor and Onion. These make it much harder for dark web users and sites to be located, identified and shut down.
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Is the Dark Web Illegal?
The dark web is not illegal or even bad by definition. In fact, Tor and Onion were originally developed by the US government to provide safe and secure ways for anyone to access the internet without risking discovery by regimes or agencies considered dangerous or a threat to freedom and activities undertaken by the US government.
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What’s the Problem?
The problem is that the genie is out of the bottle. Tor and Onion also provide fertile ground for criminals to peddle all manner of products and services that may be illegal in one or more legal jurisdictions. Everything from weapons and drugs to stolen goods and criminal tools can be bought and sold through the dark web.
How Can Dark Web Monitoring Improve Security?
With dark web scanning, we can find out what new vulnerabilities and exploits are being discussed or used by cybercriminals. If we find out that thieves discovered the combination to our safe, we can change the combination before they break in.
We can also be alerted if hackers offer compromised data for sale. Using a dark web monitoring solution from a managed IT services provider in London, you can be warned as soon as someone claims to have accessed your systems. You can even find out if someone is going after your organisation and bolster your security in advance.
Can You Do It Ourselves?
While it is technically possible for anyone to start monitoring the dark web, the nature of the systems and protocols used makes it very challenging. The denizens of the shady corners of the darknet are naturally suspicious. This makes it worth hiring outside experts to undertake dark web scanning on your behalf. Wem Technology can help you benefit from this expertise. Get in touch with us to find out more.