Shining a Light on the Dark Web: Protecting Clients With Dark Web ID
Just saying the term “dark web” evokes something sinister and criminal, and for good reason. This area of the internet is a hotbed for hackers and cybercriminals to buy and sell data.
Not everyone on the dark web is a criminal and not every transaction is illegal. But it’s still not a place you want your personal or business information to end up. And if it does, you’d want to KNOW it was out there.
That’s where dark web monitoring comes in: a new benefit for SWAT Systems clients. Let’s start by understanding a little about the dark web.
What Is the Dark Web?
The dark web is an area of the internet that is only accessible if you have certain software, configurations and authorizations to enter. Networks within the dark web are called darknets. There is no ability to search darknets and interactions on them are untraceable.
The deep web is not the same as the dark web, although the terms are sometimes confused. The deep web is simply any area that is not searchable by search engines.
How Does Information End Up on the Dark Web?
Data brokers are companies that earn money by trading data or insights from data. The data can be acquired legally, by purchasing it from companies that sell their users’ data. By compiling data from multiple sources, data brokers can pull analytics from that data that they then sell to other companies.
Marketing companies buy this data to better target their ads to people most likely to be interested. It’s how sellers seem to know that you may be interested in a hedge trimmer but not at all interested in baby clothes.
Data ends up on the dark web because a data broker sold it to someone there or the data broker themselves was breached, as happened to Apollo.io.
What Is Dark Web ID?
Dark Web ID is a platform that monitors the dark web in real time for compromised credentials related to you or your business. It works like a data broker, but with three key differences. Dark Web ID:
- Only provides data to managed service providers (MSPs) that are partnering with companies to protect their data.. Dark Web ID does not sell data to any other type of business.
- Only looks for data it’s been programmed to look for. Your SWAT tech configures Dark Web ID to seek information related to your business.
- Works in conjunction with your endpoint protection; immediately creating a service ticket with SWAT Systems the moment your credentials are up for sale on the dark web.
The Power of Dark Web Monitoring
SWAT Systems recently added Dark Web ID as an included feature on all managed client plans and is in the process of implementing for each client. It’s already paying off for clients.
In one of the first implementations, Dark Web ID started monitoring a client’s domain and quickly found that one of the executive’s passwords had been breached. It was actually part of a data breach from more than two years ago and had been accessible on the Dark Web since then. When notified, the executive said she’d used that same password for her personal banking account. All cyberthieves would have needed to drain her bank account would be to connect that password to her public personal email.
That is the point of dark web monitoring: to find your compromised data before the cybercriminals can use it against you.
If you have questions about how Dark Web ID will work for your business, contact your account manager. Not a client yet? Book an appointment or contact us with questions about our managed IT services including Dark Web ID.