Scare Up New Business by Making Your Customers Afraid of the ‘Dark’
The Dark Web is the seamy underbelly of the internet. It is where bad actors lurk and do business with their equally unscrupulous peers. While much of what makes the headlines is the sales of drugs, weapons and child pornography, there is a far more plentiful product being supplied there that can jeopardize individuals and businesses alike: information.
Personal information–from voter registration data to full credit card details–is well stocked on the Dark Web, and it’s being sold in bulk to criminals looking to exploit that data for identity theft, scams and online shopping sprees unleashed on unsuspecting citizens. When this information falls into the wrong hands it can ruin people’s credit and leave them with months or years of legal battles to undo the damage and reclaim their identities.
But businesses are just as susceptible to being undermined via information traded on the Dark Web. Login credentials, server information, transaction details, account information … There’s an endless trove of data that can be stolen and either ransomed back to the company or sold to the highest Bitcoin bidder before it’s employed for whatever nefarious purposes the buyer may have in mind.
An Ongoing Challenge
Dark Web threats aren’t going away, and declaring that a company’s data is safe today doesn’t guarantee it will remain so tomorrow. That’s why Dark Web monitoring must be performed on a continual basis, as a breach or theft can occur at any time followed by a rapid sell-off on the Dark Web.
But beyond simply running the same checks and scans daily or weekly, Dark Web monitoring must constantly evolve to keep up with the tricks and tactics employed by the criminals actively seeking to steal, sell and possess this illicit material. Because this requires dedication and subject matter expertise, companies should turn to partners that can provide them with Dark Web monitoring solutions that are always evolving to keep up with the latest trends. This will help companies as they try to remain ahead of (or, at least, aware of) the threats lying in wait for them.
MSPs can offer irreplaceable value to their customers by providing Dark Web monitoring services as part of their portfolio. Just as clients look to MSPs to take on the burdens of managing cloud deployments and regulatory compliance, an MSP can offer a state-of-the-art Dark Web monitoring solution that scours these illegal marketplaces for information that could be used against the company and its customers.
The Threat Is All Too Real
Until a business falls victim to an incident fueled by information traded on the Dark Web, it’s easy to dismiss the whole idea as something only the largest enterprises need to worry about. After all, why would cyber criminals pick on a small businesses when they could try and blackmail Facebook or break into Bank of America?
But SMBs represent a target-rich environment. Security protocols at such organizations are typically more lax than they are in top-tier enterprises, and there’s less chance of competition from other ne’er-do-wells similarly mining the Dark Web for the keys to the kingdom.
And unlike large businesses with deeper pockets and more entrenched reputations and business relationships, a Dark Web-fueled attack can completely ruin an SMB. In fact, 60 percent of small businesses end up closing within six months of a cyber attack. Even VC darlings with nine-figure valuations can find themselves shutting down after their user data is exploited and trust is dashed, thanks to the Dark Web.
What Dark Web Monitoring Looks Like
Once a company recognizes that Dark Web threats are real and could jeopardize the future of their business, it can engage strategic partners to continually monitor the Dark Web for potential problems.
With businesses turning to MSPs to service their IT needs, an MSP that does not offer Dark Web monitoring as an offering on the menu is simply irresponsible at this point in time. At Kaseya, we’ve recognized that the Dark Web represents such a fundamental threat to the clients of our MSP customers that we’ve acquired ID Agent to provide MSPs with a robust solution for providing scalable monitoring services for the businesses under their purview.
ID Agent’s Dark Web solutions include domain monitoring and searching for compromised emails, passwords and personal information in real time, spotting potential problems before they can turn into serious damage. Monitoring services can also extend to personal emails of employees because the information contained in those accounts could compromise the company, or employees could be using the same or similar passwords for corporate credentials.