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The Internet is just not about funny memes or social media. The Internet is a cornerstone of business today, but business is not alone. Cybercriminals are making the Internet their home to cause you harm, steal valuable information and to rob you blind.
The Dark Web is a nasty place, full of malicious people with one intention, to harm you and even your business. Every single day, a large corporation or even that friendly business around the corner falls victim to cybercriminals.
Organized crime is moving away from the smoke-filled backstreet bars we all see on TV and going to the Internet. How can you keep your personal information out of the hands of cybercriminals with one intention, to steal your valuable information and perhaps drain your bank account?
The Dark Web is a part of the Internet that isn’t indexed by search engines. According to experts, over 57% of the Dark Web is filled with illicit activity, where cybercriminals buy and sell your credit cards and other personal details like stocks on Wall Street.
On the Dark Web, you can buy a Netflix premium membership for $6, $500 can get you access to a bank account with over $50,000, or you can gain access to a company network through compromised usernames and passwords. Scary place isn’t it?
The odds are against you. Why?… Because 2018 was the year of Internet-connected data storage devices being hacked. According to the research organization 4iQ:
There are many examples online and tools that you can use to see if your logins and passwords are floating around the Internet. Here are some simple tips to keep your information off the Dark Web:
Understanding what the Dark Web is and how it could be a danger to your business is the first step towards avoiding this cyber threat, but you need more; you need Dark Web Monitoring?
Dark Web Monitoring looks for data dumps within the black markets on the Dark Web that have anything to do with your organization. You’ll get an initial and ongoing scanning with continuous monitoring and alerts if anything is found.
Businesses are signing up for Dark Web Monitoring because they’re concerned that their data is being stolen and sold by criminals on the Dark Web. Many didn’t find out about their data being taken until a cybercriminal broke into their bank account or used their credit card. If they had signed up for Dark Web Monitoring, they might have prevented this.
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You invalidate it; meaning that you change your account numbers, email addresses and anything connected to the stolen data. However, it’s important that you respond quickly. Data breaches take both a strong and immediate response from your organization. So, the sooner you sign on for Dark Web Monitoring, the better.
When a news story comes out about a large corporate hack, businesses often scramble to learn how they can better protect their businesses. But this is the wrong time to start thinking about protecting your data. Don’t wait until a breach occurs; start protecting your organization now. Educate your employees about the dangers of online crime and developing company procedures to prevent it from happening.
All these tips are meant to be preventative; they’ll increase your security and protect against cybercriminals taking your data in the first place.
Want to continue this conversation? Let’s discuss how to protect yourself and your business from the Dark Web. Have questions about the Cloud and cloud security? Reach out to your team at CPU to learn more about how we can help with all your cloud needs.
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Published on 18th September 2019 by Jeanne DeWitt.