Data breaches are becoming a common occurrence, and it could cripple your company if a breach were to happen. Having robust cybersecurity can help to mitigate risks. Still, your business also needs to proactively monitor the dark web to ensure that employees’ login credentials or other sensitive information haven’t been exposed. Additionally, to help reduce the chances of having credentials compromised, your employees need to be educated on the dangers of phishing emails and how to identify them.
What is the Dark Web?
There are three levels to the internet, surface web, deep web, and dark web. The surface web is the part of the internet that can be seen via regular browsers. Examples of surface websites are e-commerce, news, and blog sites. Anyone with an internet connection can easily view these sites.
The deep web is made up of pages that don’t show up in search engine results. Examples of these pages are business and school intranets, secure storage such as Google Drive, and sites that require a login, such as online banking.
Lastly, the dark web, which is only accessible with special tools, allows for a level of anonymity that doesn’t exist on the surface web. To access the dark web, you need a special browser called Tor, which is short for The Onion Router. This browser moves information through numerous encrypted layers to hide identities. Because of this anonymity, it is easier to sell sensitive information without revealing the seller’s identity.
How Can You Stay Protected?
Since data breaches are happening much more frequently, keeping track of all of the websites you have signed up for can be quite the undertaking. Unfortunately, people tend to use the same passwords for multiple websites, and this can leave your business vulnerable. An example of this is the MyFitnessPal data breach from a few years ago, where hackers gained access to usernames and passwords, along with first and last names. This information allows them to connect individuals with their respective workplaces. Since the hackers have a password, your business is possibly vulnerable if one of your employees uses the same password for multiple sites.
Another way sensitive information can be compromised is through a phishing scam. If one of your employees were to fall for a phishing scam, their username and password have likely been exposed. Hackers may then turn around and attempt to sell this information on the dark web. At Technology Solutions, we understand these risks, which is why we offer solutions to help protect your company. We offer dark web scans, and we will scour the dark web for any compromised information that may leave your company vulnerable to hackers. If we find any sensitive information, we will alert you immediately so you can change the exposed password.
Additionally, we offer an anti-phishing campaign where we will send fake phishing emails to your employees. If one of your employees fails the test, they will be sent directly to online security training courses. We also offer regular security training to keep your employees up-to-date on the latest cyber threats and how to avoid them. Ensuring your employees are educated on the best practices to remain safe is one of the best ways to keep your business secure.
A data breach can cost your company thousands of dollars and the loss of your customers’ trust. Contact Technology Solutions today to ensure your business is protected, and your employees are educated on the latest cyber threats.