Dark web monitoring? Sounds shady right?
It seems almost daily we hear of another large corporation which was hacked and the user accounts were leaked onto the web. How does this happen? And what can be done about it? Unfortunately, we can’t control security measures for all the websites we use. If an employee of the website forgot to encrypt a database, or the wrong port was left open on the firewall, hackers could gain access to private data. And it’s a fact that hackers get smarter every day, with a continual cat and mouse game going on between them and security professionals.
Let’s suppose a hacker was able to gain access to millions of Facebook user accounts and passwords. Typically this data will be sold to or dumped onto the ‘black market’ of the web, aka the ‘Dark Web.’ The logins and passwords will be there for other hackers to take advantage of, and once it’s out there it will most likely be available permanently.
Dark web monitoring is a service whereby a company’s entire domain (example: everyone at Unicom-tech.com) is added to the service which then scans the darkest parts of the internet, looking for leaked logins and passwords. When the monitoring service finds a match, it can notify the IT administrator for the company. At this point, the IT administrator will be able to work with the end user to make sure their password is updated and the account is secure. Once email addresses have been leaked onto the dark web, it is important to note that these users will be higher targets for phishing attacks in the future.
This is a good time to review end-user education concerning phishing activity as well as password policies. Users should be strongly encouraged to NOT use their work email address for non-company websites. Users should also be educated to use unique passwords so that a compromised login only affects one website, not all websites and applications. A password manager is essential in this case, as unique and difficult passwords will not be remembered by your users.
With dark web monitoring available for as little as $100 per month, Unicom strongly encourages it’s widespread adoption to mitigate the risk of increasing hacking attempts on systems outside of an organization’s control.
Want more information on dark web monitoring and how it can increase the security measures at your business? Contact us today!