Do you have any idea if there is information about you personally, or your company, anywhere on the dark web? Are you even sure you know what the dark web is? We have all heard it, thanks to both television shows and movies, but understanding it is something different. Let the professionals here at Be Structured be your Los Angeles Dark Web ID Managed Security Service Provider. We trust and use ID Agent – Dark Web ID™. This is a platform that monitors the dark web for compromised information about you or your company. That way, whether you understand what it is or the potential danger it poses, or not, you are still well protected.
What Is the Dark Web?
There are three parts of the internet. The part of the internet that you search in is known as the surface of the web. This compromises about 5% of the internet. This portion of the internet includes everyday websites and search engines, such as:
- News websites
From there, you have the deep web. This is the other 95% of the internet that most people can use. This is any part of the internet that is not indexed by search engines. Most of what is stored in the upper the deep web is secure networks of information. Think of schools and private companies having their websites protected and only able to be accessed by private faculty, as using this portion of the web. Some of what you find in this layer of the web includes:
- Medical records
- Legal documents
- Government reports
- Subscription services
- Databases for research
The remaining deep web that is left after the portion used legitimately is referred to as the dark web. This is the unregulated, typically illicit, dark side of the internet that stores information that is often illegal, harmful, and dangerous. In most cases, the information within the deep web is exchanged over encrypted channels and users need to use a special web browser to view this information. Some people even refer to the websites on the dark web as onion sites. This is because some of them have .onion extensions, as that references the many layers of an onion. Some examples of items found here include:
- Pirated items
- Products that are not approved or safe for use
- Drugs and firearms
- Counterfeit items
- Terrorist networks
- Databases of credentials (stolen usernames and passwords)
To put the size of the dark web in perspective, it is rumored to be nearly 550 times larger than what is used by the surface web. Dealers use this portion of the internet to sell drugs, guns, and people. It is believed that more than 20% of the gross domestic product of the entire globe can be found in the dark web. There are always new bits of information that was stolen from somewhere going up on this part of the internet, and they go up for auction to the person with the highest bid. If your company ever had information stolen by a past employee, this is one of the options of places it could show up.
If your information was ever compromised by a former employee, he or she may have put your data on the dark web, or given it to someone who could. There are literally new login credentials put up on the dark web each day, and the number going up regularly crosses over the hundreds-of-thousands mark. Plus, an astounding 80% of employees have the same password for multiple locations. If they put their login information from another corporation on the dark web and it happens to match what they used for your company, you could be facing an imminent threat that you cannot even see coming. That is where ID Agent – Dark Web ID™ comes in.
What Is ID Agent – Dark Web ID™?
Dark Web ID™ is a monitoring system that learns as it scans the dark web for all types of cyber threats. The monitoring system checks everywhere, looking for underground information that pertains to you or your company. It checks for credentials used to log into your private systems, malicious people trying to harm you or your business, and it also looks for any type of data for sale that can be connected back to you. The danger of the dark web is that not only is it unsavory, it is also incredibly difficult to get any information removed from the dark web. Once it is there, it can be passed around endlessly and to any number of cyber criminals. This just goes to show why your business needs dark web monitoring.
Dark Web ID™ monitors every area it can of the Channel for information using both sophisticated intelligence and human beings that have the capability of identifying, analyzing, and monitoring all bits of information. Should any information come up compromising you or your business, you get an instant notification. How nice would it be to be told about a potential risk before facing a data breach? That is what Dark Web ID™ can provide.
All of the data looked over by Dark Web ID™ is in real-time. This means that as it is being validated, real people are looking at the data available. You can get evidence of what is for sale on the dark web, plus it can provide the justification your business may need to implement increased employee security training, along with dual-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication. Plus, you can have protection in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is hire us as your Los Angeles Dark Web ID MSSP, and any time you need protection, we deploy it to protect everything you hold dear.
Benefits of ID Agent Dark Web ID™
When you choose Dark Web ID™, you choose a dedicated company with regular updates and constant monitoring that can scale its protection to any size company. You are not investing in a company that will use only computers to monitor the safety of your business or your customers. That is part of why we trust ID Agent – Dark Web ID™ so much. They allow us to help keep you safe, no matter what type of danger you may be facing.
On top of them using actual people to help look for your information, it also has the benefit of being able to be quickly and easily integrated into Be Structured’s ticketing platform. This allows us to provide better service and always get a resolution to any type of an issue you may ever have. The platform is award-winning and simple to use, so even if you are not a web-savvy business owner, you can be a safety-conscious one, and your customers will feel as though you are providing them added value by you having this extra layer of protection.
How Does Most Information Wind Up on the Dark Web?
In many cases, the information winds up there on accident, if you will. It is not an intentional posting by a disgruntled employee in the vast majority of circumstances. What happens is your employee used the same credentials on some other website, such as an email for a username and the same password they have at work. When that secondary site was hacked (for instance, we just had an example where a clients Nordstrom Rack password was hacked), the employee’s information was stolen. They may or may even know their information was taken. However, whether they know or not, it could put your company at risk.
It could also be that the information was stolen in the past, perhaps while the employee still worked for you. Then, when the employee no longer worked for you, the thief updated the password and started using it for his or her own personal gain or set it up for sale. Just because someone no longer works for you, does not mean their information could not be used to access sensitive data. Make sure you are always monitoring current and former users on your network, as this can help you understand if someone is still using an old username or password to get into your network.
Dark Web ID Keeps Your Information Safe
When you look for a company that helps to monitor the dark web for you, it is important that it looks through all aspects of the dark web. It is much like looking for a secret room within a secret house. If your dark web monitoring misses these secret areas, your information could still be compromised. Luckily for you, Dark Web ID™ is vigilant in how it searches. It will connect to the dark web using I2P, Freenet, and ToR, to go through each of these locations looking for any credentials of yours or information that leads back to you or your business:
- Chat rooms, both private and public
- More than 500 channels that provide internet relay chat (IRC)
- Many Private websites
- Most social media platforms on the dark web
- Black market websites
- Peer-to-peer networking sites
Dark Web ID™ can identify most types of compromises of information in your organization. Then, you get a written report showing you what information was compromised. Next, information is gathered, allowing for the tracking of the incident. This will let you change policies in the future to add more layers of protection. They then help you predict where you may be vulnerable in the future and help protect those gaps in protection. Plus, they also help prevent future attacks on your data.
The sooner a response can be made to the information on the dark web, the more protection you can provide yourself, your business, and your customers. If you know that someone may have access to your sensitive data, you can go in, change passwords, and even lock out some credentials, making the risk your company faces far smaller than if you had no idea your credentials were at risk.
Dangers of Not Having ID Agent Dark Web ID
If you are not monitoring what information is potentially on the dark web about you or your company, you could be putting everything that matters to you at risk. If a large company gets hit with a loss of information, typically, it can rebound. However, smaller companies are often left with nothing. It could cost you everything if someone stole your credentials and did something like identity theft of you or one of your employees. If the credentials matched other locations, such as you used the same password for your business network as you did your online banking, the breach could even leave you with nothing. It is simply not worth the risk of not checking to make sure your information is safe from criminal hands.
The other danger that you could face is that someone could have gone through, purchased these stolen credentials, and compromised a company email. This means they may be sending out emails that look completely legitimate from your company, but they are actually phishing attacks meant to steal information from others. When the scam comes to light, it could easily ruin your company’s reputation and do even more damage than the initial attack could do. It happens to companies of all sizes. At one point, someone instructed Disney to wire six-figures to the wrong account, and they did. They would have been far more protected if they would have had this type of protection in place.
Dark Web ID™ Offers You a Lot of Protection
The information and protection you get when you purchase Dark Web ID™ is more vast than you may realize. You get access to the information someone took, graphs that allow you to visualize the information and its uses, and a dashboard that shows how much information has been checked about you. By adding visualization and filtering options to the dashboard, you can see for yourself just how much potential information is out there. It also lets you see what options you have so that you can take whatever steps are necessary to protect yourself against any type of security threat.
On top of what you can see, you also get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your information is being monitored every day and night, all year long. It is protecting you from facing a stolen identity, credentials that allow someone into the private data of your business, and any other type of personally identifiable information. Your monitoring will focus on the parts of the dark web that are more specific to the type of environment your data would affect first. Once those areas are checked, the search expands. This is done primarily through a check of your top email domains and URLs. If there is information there, it is harvested and shared with proof of the information for credibility.
Be Structured Technology Group Is Here for Los Angeles Dark Web ID Consulting
When you need to know that every aspect of your business is safe, it is vital that you turn to a Los Angeles MSSP. That is what you get when you turn to the experienced professionals of Be Structured. We can explain the benefits of ID Agent – Dark Web ID™ and how it could help keep your company and customers safe. Never believe that your data is not at risk. If you have never monitored to see what information is available about you and your company on the dark web, you may already have data that has been compromised. Turn to Be Structured today. We are a top Los Angeles Dark Web ID consulting company who can help make sure your information is safe. It simply is not worth the risk of not knowing.