More than ever, businesses face numerous challenges in protecting their sensitive information and ensuring the security of their online activities. One of the most significant threats is the dark web, a hidden network of websites that can only be accessed through specialized technologies and web browsers. Businesses must understand the impact of the dark web and how to proactively protect their employees and assets from the risks associated with the server.
The dark web is a collection of websites and online platforms intentionally hidden from search engines. The dark web requires specific tools to access its content, which you can’t find through popular search engines like Google and Bing. The anonymity of the dark web has made it linked to illicit activities, including cybercrime, illegal sales, and the exchange of private information.
You may wonder, “What is Tor?”. The Tor browser, short for the Onion Router, is a specialized web browser that allows users to access the dark web anonymously. It works by routing internet traffic through a network of volunteer-operated servers spread across the globe. Each server in the network only knows the previous and next server in the chain, ensuring that the user’s identity and online activities remain concealed.
Users need to install the software and connect to the Tor network to access the dark web using the Tor browser. Using a virtual private network (VPN) along with the Tor browser adds an extra layer of protection for dark web browsing.
Only 10 percent of web space is considered the surface web. The surface web includes information available through organic searches on Bing, Google, etc. The rest of the web is regarded as the deep web, hidden by passwords, paywalls, and more. The dark web only makes up a small part of the deep web but can potentially create severe and long-term problems for a business.
Dark web risks to businesses include:
Businesses can implement dark web monitoring services. The software scans the dark web to search for stolen company data or information on planned malware attacks. Employees should receive training on the dark web to better understand the risks. For instance, simulated phishing exercises help employees recognize what attacks could look like.
In an era of increasing cybercrimes, businesses must stay vigilant to protect their data and online activities. Cyber security tools, including dark web monitoring, and employee training can help you stay proactive against threats to your bu