The Dark Web can be an unknown and intimidating place and is particularly somewhere that you don’t want your business data or any personal information to leaked. Dark Web Monitoring is a service offered by ConnectDS to detect and prevent identity, data and credential theft by monitoring for your business domains and IP addresses and detection if any of these matches breach posted to the open and dark web. The ConnectDS service detects any potential breaches and provides notifications of any information that is compromised which can assist you in securing and remediating system access.
Why Monitoring The Dark Web Is Important
Your digital credentials such as your usernames and passwords for various websites and applications help to connect you and your employees to important parts of your business. Whether they are used for online services or particular business applications, these credentials are something that must be kept safe. Behind these services may be access to financial data, customer data or other aspects of your business that you don’t want anyone outside of your business aware of.
Unfortunately, from time to time, these digital credentials can be leveraged by criminals and are among the some of the most valuable assets found on the Dark Web, where it is estimated that over 50% of all sites are used for criminal activities. If your credentials are compromised by these criminals, it can lead to stolen data, business or personal financial loss and can certainly cause harm to your company’s reputation.
What’s Included in a Dark Web Monitoring Service?
With our monitoring service, we can help secure your business by providing a 24/7 monitoring system that utilises both human and automated intelligence to perform checks against millions of dark web/open web sources. This can include botnets, criminal chat rooms, peer-to-peer networks, malicious websites and blogs, bulletin boards and illegal black markets.
Through this service, we work to identify, analyse and proactively monitor them for your organisation’s compromised or stolen employee and customer data, including but not limited to:
- Email addresses
- Date of Births
- Drivers Licence Details
- Security Numbers
Within this service, we can also provide continuous monitoring of more business-related information such as your internet facing and office IP addresses and monitoring of high risk and key employee personal email accounts. Helping you go that one step further to protect your company information and credentials.
How Can I Further Protect Myself?
Although there are certain things that you can do to prevent your information from being stolen in the first place, such as not clicking on phishing emails, cyber criminals can often outsmart us. However, there are things that can be done to minimise the impact if you discover that your information has in fact been stolen.
- Change your passwords – Not only should you change your passwords regularly, but you should also retain from using the same (or similar) passwords across various platforms/accounts.
- Notify the bank – To reduce the risk of financial loss, contact your bank and inform them of the situation, this will help you remove the possibility of them being able to use your card information.
- Continue monitoring – Just because a cyber criminal has targeted you before, does not mean you are not susceptible to it again.