Identity theft is a threat to consumers and businesses alike, but where does all the stolen data end up? You guessed right; “the Dark Web.”
To many, the ‘dark web’ might sound like something out of a sci-fiction thriller. Unfortunately, it’s a very real concern for today’s businesses. The question isn’t if your business info is on the dark web, because chances are it’s already there. It’s how much of your information is compromised and how you can protect your company from cybercriminals who have access to it.
In this post, we’ll discuss the various ways you can protect your business from the dangers of the dark web. But first, a primer on the dark web.
What Is the Dark Web?
The dark web is that part of the internet that isn’t indexed by search engines and requires the use of an anonymous browser, such as Tor, to be accessed.
When you surf the internet, you’re on what’s known as the surface web. This layer consists of all the sites that are searchable with a standard browser. Here you can find information on almost anything with the right search terms because search engines have indexed the available pages.
Any webpage not available through a web search tool is on the deep web and accounts for 90% of the content out there. The deep web contains legit but hidden content such as private networks, government networks, and databases.
At the subterranean level of the deep web lies an area called the dark web. This layer is made up of privately encrypted networks that require specific knowledge and tools to access and provide cybercriminals a haven to trade stolen information online.
Since the dark web is untraceable and unsearchable with a standard browser, criminals use it to sell all types of sensitive data, including credit card info, social security numbers, medical information, and passwords.
How To Keep Your Business Safe From The Dark Web
Now that you know what the dark web is, how can you keep your business safe from it?
1. Dark Web Monitoring
Being alerted to the fact that your business’s sensitive data is for sale on the dark web can help you to take the necessary actions to protect yourself. And this can only be possible through dark web monitoring; see this article from IdentityGuard.
Today, many identity theft protection companies offer dark web monitoring so it’s up to you to choose the one that offers the best services. Dark web monitoring tools are created by people who have a vast knowledge of and access to the dark web, making them very effective at monitoring your business info on the dark web black markets.
2. Multi-Factor Authentication
This involves the use of a two-step authentication process to verify a user’s identity. For example, after users key in their password, they can be prompted to enter a one-time passcode (OTP) sent to their phone.
This way, even if an identity thief buys your login credentials in the dark web, their attempts to access your accounts would be fruitless without passing the subsequent security steps.
3. Awareness Training
Your employees need to know about the dark web and how sensitive business information can end up there. Educating them about cybersecurity threats, such as phishing threats, and how hackers can use phishing emails to steal login details, might just be your best defense against the dangers of the dark web.
For more information on the dark web and how to stay safe online, contact Identity Guard or visit their website.