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What Is Dark Web Monitoring?

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 is monitoring the dark web 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
  • Passwords
  • Date of Births
  • Addresses
  • Drivers Licence Details
  • Security Numbers
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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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dark Web Monitoring:

Please see below for some common questions on our dark web monitoring, if you would prefer to speak to someone then give us a call and speak to one of our team in our Surrey or London offices to understand your requirements and learn how our security experts support other businesses in the United Kingdom (UK).

Like most assurance testing; as soon as it is complete, it is out of date until the next periodic review.  Our continuous dark web monitoring ensures that you always have real time visibility and notifications of dark and open web events performed by our dark web monitoring team.

Using the Tor network to access the dark web is not an illegal activity, although there is content and commercial sites that sell products that are illegal.

Yes, get in touch with us today to hear more about our free darkweb assessments which will detail your current exposure and we will put together a report for you.
All companies need to be aware of the threats from the dark web. All businesses and individuals can be targeted at any moment. Company data leaked into the dark web is not ideal at all – it is an intimidating space filled with unknowns and hard to track what is happening with it, once the data has entered. We therefore recommend all businesses protect themselves from the dark web and ensure no data is compromised.

We do not have a set cost for our dark web monitoring and all our customers will receive a bespoke quotation for our support. This will factor in: how big your organisation is, how many devices you have and what these are, what your current IT set up is etc. 

Not through the HIBP service, however you can do so with ConnectDS. Click here to learn more.

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on the dark and open Web?

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