By now, most of us within the technology and security industries are well aware of the dangers lurking on the dark web and the challenges it presents to companies. What is the dark web and how does it differ from the deep web?
Tyler Logtenberg, Senior Product Manager at thred, a digital threat intelligence platform explains.
"The deep web refers to all web pages that are unreachable by search engines such as Google. On the other hand, the dark web refers to websites containing illegal content or information with criminal intent such as identity theft, and human trafficking."
To access the dark web, you need a software called a TOR browser. This is a specialized browser, which conceals users identities and their activity from surveillance and traffic analysis by separating identification and routing.
Initial access may be easy, but finding data is difficult. Unlike the regular web that we use every day, there is no Google on the dark web. There is no current index of data and a complete map does not exist either. This makes the size of it impossible to know. There could be 7,000 or 700,000 pages, “Users of the dark web are generally paranoid," said Logtenberg.
Users of the dark web can post and sell your personal information to be used for illegal purposes. A growing problem occurs when company information is posted on the dark web and auctioned off to competitors or anyone who will use this information to hurt and even destroy your brand.
So, being on top of things that your business may face from a security and threat standpoint, you can be proactive and fend off a lot of potential cyber threats before they become a crisis.
Businesses should include dark and deep web monitoring as part of their overall corporate security strategy to protect all assets.