Is Your Business Information on the Dark Web?

The dark web. 

We’ve all heard of it, but few of us really know what it is. 

It’s the bad neighborhood of the Internet that we don’t care to learn about. We don’t want to know where it is, how to get there, or how it could affect us. While ignorance might be bliss, the dark web could be a key factor in your business’ next security breach. 

To keep you safe, we’ll take you through what you, as a business owner, should know about the dark web.

What Is the Dark Web?

The dark web is a part of the Internet that provides users with complete anonymity through multiple levels of encryption. Accessed through a specific type of browser, the dark web does not track users and does not save cookies and browser search history. 

This portion of the Internet is estimated to be 400 to 500 times larger than what we see in our daily use. To access it, a user would download an anonymous browser such as TOR. This browser isolates every website visit, keeping the user from being followed by third-party trackers. 

See where we’re heading?

Thanks to the encrypted nature of the dark web, criminals take advantage of the anonymity. And so, the dark web has gained a reputation for illegal activity. 

That’s where the issue comes in for businesses: hackers steal and sell valuable, confidential information ranging from client names to bank account numbers.  

How to Protect Your Information 

To keep your confidential information out of the wrong hands, here are a few security controls you can implement: 

Provide your employees with cybersecurity training.

Human error is the main culprit of security breaches. By educating your employees on security best practices, you empower them to better identify possible threats—phishing emails or malicious attachments, for example. Employee training is an excellent investment in your business’ protection.

Ensure that only those who need access have it.

The fewer people who have access to confidential information, the less likely the data is to be compromised. Ensure that you regularly assess your employee’s access rights. Review access on a schedule as well as when an employee changes roles or terminates employment.

Do not use the same passwords for more than one program.

Among the information traded on the dark web is passwords. To keep your accounts secure, never use the same password on multiple applications, and ensure your passwords are complex.

Block access to dark web browsers.

Install software to block your employees’ use of web browsers like TOR. Also, take this opportunity to provide employees with clear guidance on best practices for safe Internet usage. 

How to Know If Your Information Is on the Dark Web

Research dark web monitoring services and software to protect your business’ critical data. These programs scan forums on the dark web to verify that your information cannot be found.

Select credit monitoring services such as Privacy Guard, Identity Guard, and Experian offer dark web monitoring as part of your protection package. You can also reach out to your credit card provider to see if this service is available. 

Please note that monitoring services notify you if your information is found, but they do not remove it. A monitoring service will, instead, suggest steps you can take to secure your accounts. Depending on the type of information, this could include changing passwords, freezing your credit, or notifying authorities. 

We Can Help

Technology Lab takes the security pressure off your IT staff. Leave it to us to train your employees, monitor your access rights, and keep your information in the right hands. 

As your managed service provider, we align your long-term technology strategy with a comprehensive security plan, keeping your business prepared on all fronts. 

Contact us today to begin a consultation.