You have probably heard the horror stories of people who have had their identities cloned or their banking access compromised. Now, imagine if that same criminal leverage was exerted against your business. Fortunately, with dark web scan, you can monitor if confidential information or important data in your organisation has been compromised and is being offered for sale to the highest bidder.
What is the Dark Web?
The dark web is an area of the internet that can’t be accessed easily just using a web browser. Special tools like Tor and Onion obfuscates the identities of both the servers providing access to stolen data and people shopping for that information.
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How Do You Scan the Dark Web?
Obviously, the denizens of the dark web, especially if they’re up to no good, don’t take kindly to snoopers. They take measures to prevent their shady enterprises being rumbled. This makes it difficult for regular users of the internet to monitor the dark web. Specialist providers of scanning, such as IT support firms in London, can provide ongoing dark web scan services and reporting.
What Kinds of Information are Marketed on the Dark Web?
With regards to the security of your organisation, two main areas of information are on offer on the dark web:
- Access to IT via stolen credentials and/or known vulnerabilities
- Stolen data
The stolen data being sold on the dark web can range from usernames and passwords to National Insurance Numbers, banking logins, credit card details, drivers licences, passports, and health records. Criminals don’t even need to make direct use of stolen data. They can leverage the information in order to gain access to your company through social engineering. Criminals holding stolen information can also attempt to extort monies or force users to do their bidding.
How Does Dark Web Monitoring Help?
By implementing regular and ongoing scanning of the dark web, professionals acting on your behalf can ‘keep an ear to the ground’, listening out for anyone attempting to offer access to your company’s IT or data. By establishing that your systems may have been compromised, a strategy can be implemented to minimise the damage, secure your data, and mitigate any breaches in your IT security.
Services such as these are very much a case of forewarned is forearmed. The risks of a nasty surprise catching you off-guard are reduced. You maximise your ability to respond in a timely manner. To learn more about getting your own dark web scan services, contact us at Wem Technology today.