For Raleigh businesses and organizations, your data is your most valuable resource. Even when you have security measures in place, it’s possible for your data to be compromised, and stolen by hackers who can put it on the dark web. This means your information, from passwords to credit card numbers can be sold to the highest bidder and virtually untraceable. Only now, thanks to Dark Web ID™ monitoring, it’s possible to get real time alerts letting you know when your information has been compromised and published to these illicit websites.

What Is the Dark Web?

Before we go into what dark web ID monitoring does and why it’s important, we first want to clear up what the dark web actually is, as it often gets used interchangeably with the term “deep web,” especially as they are both referring to websites that aren’t indexed by search engines. According to dictionary.com, the terms are very different when you start digging into them a bit.

  • Deep Web – “The portion of the internet that is hidden from conventional search engines, as by encryption; the aggregate of unindexed websites.”
  • Dark Web –  “The portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser: part of the deep web.”

The deep web is all the websites hidden from commercial search engines, stuff you won’t find on Google or Bing. Most of it is fairly harmless, like “registration-required web forums and  dynamically-created pages like your Gmail account,” according to Andy Greenberg with Wired.

The dark web is harder to trace and even further buried under encryption, masked IP addresses, and other layers. While a lot of people who use the dark web utilize it for privacy and anonymity, this is also where the illicit side of the internet lives. The stories about purchasing drugs, weapons, and other illegal materials pretty much all come from the dark web.

The dark web is also where hackers tend to hide, able to compromise information and breach business’s security systems to leave behind malware and viruses, steal information to sell on the dark web, and crash entire systems.

Protection with Dark Web ID Monitoring

To prevent hackers from using the dark web to steal and sell or distribute your data, there is Dark Web ID™ monitoring software through ID Agent. This cybersecurity tool allows your managed IT service provider to monitor your organization’s website 24 hours a day by continually scouring all types of internet sources, including forums, botnets, bulletin boards, and black market websites.

With real-time validated data alerting your MSP (managed service provider) when there is compromised data, your MSP can take proactive steps to employ added security measures to prevent a breach from happening.

What does this mean for your business? It means that if a hacker gets a hold of any of your business data, like emails and passwords and puts that information on the dark web, managed IT service providers like Strategic Systems can step in fast to let you know how you can protect your business.

Contact Us for Managed IT and Dark Web ID Monitoring in Raleigh

As part of our dedication to helping Raleigh area businesses succeed, we include Rapid Fire Tools to keep our clients’ networks secure. In addition to including internal threat detection and security assessments, it allows us to help you avoid data breaches by criminals on the dark web. To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation, contact us today at 919-439-9587 or fill out our contact form today!

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