Dark Web Monitoring, De-Risk Your Digital Assets Proactively

The data leaked and sold on the dark web economy presents a myriad of digital risk to your organization that criminals turn into tangible damages. This stolen information – like credentials, executive personally identifiable information, and internal documentation is how attackers access business systems, commit fraud, and cause substantial damage to your brand, share value, and bottom-line. Over the last several years, generations of dark web marketplaces have risen and fallen, allowing cybercriminals to develop and refine templates for what makes an attractive, secure, well-structured marketplace.

These generations of dark web markets have allowed fraudsters to develop standardized goods and services, refine marketing tactics, and build resilience in their supply chains of stolen information – effectively commoditizing your stolen data. Your customer data, source code, and internal processes are just products on the dark web, and criminals are continually evolving tactics to get their hands on it.

As a result, holistic, proactive monitoring efforts across the open, deep, and dark web are the only way for businesses to minimize digital risks outside of their networks effectively.

What is Dark Web Monitoring?

Dark Web Monitoring is the proactive monitoring of forums, pages, marketplaces, and other repositories of data for information related to your organization. This information can include sensitive data exfiltrated from your systems, harvested from your clients and partners, or even information on how to compromise, defraud, or steal from your organization. 

What Are The Digital Risks Posed to Your Data – And How Can They Be Minimized With Dark Web Monitoring?

The dark web is home to a wide array of criminal communities and marketplaces. A parallel economy thrives on the dark web, one where criminals take advantage of anonymizing technology and cryptocurrency — one where enterprising syndicates develop illicit platforms to trade in stolen data.

Cybercriminals have been able to test the boundaries of what they offer and where they offer it on the dark web. Understanding the ways and means of data predators gives invaluable insight to security teams looking to identify vulnerabilities and minimize digital risk.

Below are 4 examples of commonly held data types and the risk their exposure poses to your organization.

Exposed Customer Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Once this data is exposed on the dark web, bad actors have one of two intentions:

  • They could expose the data to damage your corporate brand, resulting in the loss of customers and impacting shareholder value. 
  • A byproduct of the first, bad actors sell your customer’s data. Once your customers’ data is sold, they become targets for exploitation, including payment card fraud, account takeovers, identity theft, and other types of fraud.

In both of these scenarios, there is an enormous, negative impact on your organization.

Exposed Electronic Personal Healthcare Information (ePHI)

Once this data is exposed on the dark web, bad actors attempt to do all of the activities associated with Customer PII, which includes insurance fraud and identity theft.

Exposed Employee Personally Identifiable Information

Once this data is exposed on the dark web, bad actors use the information as a gateway into an organization’s network and subsequently gain access to other sensitive information such as customer PII and proprietary corporate information. Bad actors also use exposed employee information for account takeovers and fraudulent activities like identity theft.

Exposed Proprietary Corporate Information

The result of this data being exposed on the dark web has catastrophic events to your organization. Exposed source code, research documents, and internal processes documentation can cost your organization millions. 

Proactive monitoring of dark web marketplaces for these data types help you identify compromised accounts and thus identify risk to your systems and digital assets – as they appear on the dark web.

Early detection allows you to reset credentials, notify customers, and take action to protect your organization faster. 

Choose a Solution for Digital Risk That Specializes in Dark Web Monitoring 

Dark Web Monitoring is a core capability of any complete solution for minimizing digital risk. Each year millions of records are traded on the dark web – giving criminals access to systems, a means to defraud your customers, and inventory for their sales. Proactive monitoring of these marketplaces, forums, and pages for information originating from or related to your organization is paramount. To learn more about how to choose a solution for Digital Risk Protection, check out our 2019 Buyer’s Guide. 

Terbium Labs specializes in dark web monitoring and has published excellent resources on the dark web, the dark web economy, and how criminals exfiltrate information from your systems. To download these resources visit our whitepapers page.