Thousands of business email addresses, passwords and other sensitive data
are shared to the dark web every day
The dark web creates huge risks for businesses where employees use the same or very similar login credentials which include their business email address across multiple third parties online. Identical or similar passwords shared on the dark web are easy for hackers to obtain and use to attempt to access your business networks.
What is the dark web?
The dark web, part of the deep web, refers to an unregulated portion of the internet that is not indexed by traditional search engines and is only accessible through the specialist Tor Onion browser or other encrypted means.
It is a hidden network that offers anonymity to its users through specialist web browsers and is often associated with illegal activities, such as online scams, the sale of illicit goods and services, medical records, legal documentation, sale of stolen data, and more. Not many people are aware of the dark web, but the data available to criminals on it poses a significant threat to businesses.
Dark Web Monitoring
Dark web monitoring involves actively searching for and closely observing information available on the dark web. By doing so, we can identify any stolen or leaked data, such as compromised passwords, credentials, intellectual property, and other highly sensitive information that criminals often exchange and sell on the dark web. By identifying which information is available on the dark web, we help prevent and reduce the risk of compromised data and also highlight your weak points of entry. Enhancing the security of our client’s organisations and ensuring that cyber security is always at the forefront.
Ensures you stay informed, stay protected and stay ahead of the game with dark web monitoring
As part of our advanced security services, our dark web monitoring service provides your business with invaluable visibility into compromised employee login credentials that are being shared on the dark web and are accessible to cyber criminals.
Regular scanning is inclusive of domain monitoring, breach alerts and comprehensive monthly reports which outline which business credentials are available and where. Eg. John Smith’s LinkedIn login is on the dark web but he uses his company email address and a common password, that might also apply to his Office 365 login.
With proactive dark web monitoring we can help ensure your organisation is one step ahead of cybercriminals
Our dark web monitoring service further complements the requirements of Cyber Essentials Plus and ISO 27001.
Following on from your monthly report data, our advanced security team can give you best practice advice on which corrective and preventative security measures can be implemented to significantly reduce the risk of potential cyber attacks resulting from stolen credentials.
Learn what credentials are being made available and where they are
The risks posed with stolen credentials
The dark web is a lucrative network that cybercriminals use to obtain illegal goods, including login credentials such as usernames and passwords for user accounts to business networks and applications. Once obtained, hackers can use these to gain easy access to the critical systems and applications used to keep your business functioning and cause all kinds of damage that often results in financial loss, data loss and reputation loss.
Cyber criminals easily obtain credentials
The dark web is typically used by cyber criminals to acquire login credentials including usernames and passwords for user accounts and when business email addresses are also used on Ecommerce websites or as social media logins. Once these login credentials are obtained, cyber criminals then use them to gain access to critical business systems and applications, some of which activity will remain largely undetected until there is a significant change.
How does dark web monitoring protect your business?
Regular scans and real time data is shared with you
Our dark web monitoring software crawls, scrapes and scans the dark web on a regular basis for information relating to your business domain and comprises a comprehensive list of all employees credentials that appear on there. It details who and what are contained and what those login details are used for.
A monthly report filled with actionable insights
Each month we will circulate a report to you which will outline the extent of the risks your business is facing and highlight which employees need to change their logins and where. It will also clearly highlight areas of high risk that our cyber security consultants can advise on best practice measures to ensure these risks are prevented going forward.
Frequently assess your cyber security measures
You can also assess the risks should access be gained to the software or tools outlined in the report and how you would manage them. This is particularly important for businesses who are ISO 27001 certified or those in highly regulated industries.
Realtime notifications help mitigate risks
Our dark web monitoring solution can notify you once credentials with your business domain are made available on the dark web. This quick response ensures you can mitigate risk in the earliest instance before any damage occurs.
Monitor and track any compromised credentials
Within our easy to use dark web monitoring portal you can track all compromised passwords and mark up when they have been amended. Our larger clients also use our dark web portal as an effective way of managing high volume potential threats.
Gives you additional cyber security audit trails
For additional compliance, the portal gives you a solid audit trail as to which credentials relate to which employee and when and where they were obtained from. Your monthly report summarises all activity within the month and also any new detected activity scraped from the dark web.
Three benefits of dark web monitoring
QUICKLY IDENTIFY COMPROMISES AND ACT FAST
Mitigate compromised credentials. Implementing dark web monitoring services significantly enhances your organisation’s ability to identify and minimise the impact of data breaches. Our dark web solution uncovers stolen customer lists, employee login credentials, and compromised email domains and IP addresses.
CLEARLY UNDERSTAND WHERE YOUR VULNERABILITIES LIE
Dark web monitoring goes beyond immediate breach identification, offering valuable insights that can better prepare your organisation for future threats. By analysing past breaches and the stolen data involved, our information security teams can pinpoint compromised systems and understand the specific vulnerabilities exploited by attackers.
TIGHTEN YOUR SECURITY IN REAL TIME
Our 24/7 monitoring ensures that your organisation promptly becomes aware when sensitive information falls into the hands of criminals. By reducing the time between a breach occurring and its discovery, our service minimises the window of opportunity for criminals to make copies of sensitive data and engage in illicit activities such as selling it on the dark web.
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Commonly asked questions about our dark web monitoring solution
It only takes one user to click on a phishing e-mail or to use work credentials on a third-party site that may get compromised for your credentials to become available on the dark web. The results can be devastating. Without sight of such data for sale on the dark web, such compromises can go undetected. Dark web monitoring is a low cost early warning system that helps to mitigate the effects caused by a breach, with an easy to use portal available 24 x 7.
Haveibeenpwned does not include passwords which makes it impossible to verify the data for your employees/business. In addition, dark web monitoring also provides any exposed PII around your domain.
Our monitoring is, indeed, 24 x 7 with information pulled around the clock. We gather data directly from the dark web but also have people in there listening, watching, learning and then sharing that information for posting. The data we collect on your business is then encrypted and stored securely.
Signing up to our dark web monitoring service gives you access to a dedicated portal, where you can view the dark web presence of all of your corporate, supply chain and personal domains. You can run live searches and pull reports at any time. Subscribers login to the portal and go to the ‘Compromises’ section to view all of your data.
No, this is not always the case. Sometimes passwords will appear as a key/code. These passwords are encrypted, but can quite easily be cracked using various sites readily available on the internet. While initially a breach might include encrypted data, it’s important to understand that the data is only safe if the encryption key has not been published. Once the encryption key is published, much of that data is no longer safe. LinkedIn is a great example of this. 164M records were exposed in the LinkedIn breach. The passwords in the breach were stored as SHA1 hashes without salt, the majority of which were quickly cracked in the days following the release of the data.
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