Is Your Business... For Sale?
“…information available for sale on the dark web is up to 20 times more likely to come from an entity whose breach wasn’t reported in the media. Many of these are smaller retailers, restaurant chains, medical practices, school districts, etc. In fact, most of the breaches the U.S. Secret Service investigates involve small businesses.”
Federal Trade Commission, 2017
Your Business Credentials: A Hacker’s Ace-in-the-Hole
Digital credentials, such as usernames and passwords, connect you and your employees to critical business applications and online services. Unfortunately, criminals know this — and that’s why digital credentials are among the most valuable assets found on the Dark Web.
What is the Dark Web?
The Dark Web is made up of digital communities that sit on top of the Internet, and while there are legitimate purposes to the Dark Web, it is estimated that over 50% of all sites on the Dark Web are used for criminal activities, including the disclosure and sale of business credentials. Far too often, companies that have had their credentials compromised and sold on the Dark Web don’t know it until they have been informed by law enforcement — but by then, it’s too late.
Why We’re All Vulnerable
Passwords are a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem. Unfortunately, usernames and passwords - the most common digital credentials used today - are all that stands between your employees and vital online services including corporate networks, social media sites, e-commerce sites and others. A good security practice is to use a completely different password for every service, but the fact is that nearly 40% of Americans replicate the same or very similar passwords for each service they use.
How to Protect Yourself
There is no single silver bullet solution that can protect against all possible attack vectors. However, you can still take steps to mitigate the most common forms of attack – statistically, these attacks are most likely to leverage passwords compromised on the Dark Web or human error due to insufficient cybersecurity training.
At pdc IT consulting inc., we specialize in protecting businesses just like yours from falling victim to increasingly complex threats. We offer Dark Web Monitoring to identify exposed credentials and alert our customers before hackers can do harm. We also offer our Security Awareness Training platform in order to train your employees to recognize and avoid phishing attacks and other malicious activities targeting human vulnerability.
Get in touch with us today for your FREE Dark Web Scan and to learn more about how you can spend less time worrying about cybersecurity and more time on the links!
Dark Web Monitoring
Helps You Be Proactive And Warns You If...
- Your Business Credentials Are Out There?
- Have you been caught by a Phishing Trap?
- Been A Member On A Hacked Website?