While there are numerous positive and beneficial aspects of the dark web, it has become a well-known global marketplace where bad actors in the workplace can commit cybercrimes almost undetected. Fortunately, the advent of new and emerging technologies enable us to monitor dark web and potentially derail cybercriminals.
According to Dr John Coyne, Head of the North and Australia’s Security at Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), “The internet is comprised of two parts: the part that is indexed by search engines and that which isn’t (the deep web). A small portion of this deep web comprises of what has become known as the ‘dark web’. In these areas of the internet exist secure networks of various sizes. These networks and their data, are protected by a range of technology including encryption.”
The dark web is a layer of the internet that is relatively hidden from the view of typical search engines such as Google Chrome and Safari, and it can only be accessed by specific software or computer configurations.
This hidden layer allows website operators and users to remain anonymous and almost untraceable.
On a fundamental level, dark web offers opportunities for us to create communities where we can share stories and talk about anything, anytime, without fear of being monitored. We can join gaming forums such as a chess club and play with people from all over the world. We can enjoy unfiltered chat rooms, and mingle on dating sites, etc.
On a humanitarian level, anonymity of dark web provides a safe haven for people who may fear for their lives to freely express feelings, connect to support groups for help, provide tips and report their abusers to media outlets and law enforcement without humiliation or reprisal. Here are some instances where such people may find refuge on dark web:
According to Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), “Many of the challenges facing law enforcement and intelligence agencies arise from the application of new and emerging information and communications technologies (ICTs) in ways that enable criminal activities to go undetected – commonly described as ‘going dark’. These include the ‘dark web‘; encryption; multiple data storage platforms; cryptocurrency; social media; and messaging apps.”
David Glance, director of the University of Western Australia Centre for Software Practice, recently stated cybercriminals consider dark web an established “safe harbour” for nefarious activity because of its accessibility and encryption software.
Australian Government Home Affairs, Australian Federal Police, telcos and other law enforcement agencies around the world are collaborating and building robust methods to combat increasing criminal activity on the dark web, in particular to crimes related to workplaces. The fruits of their tactical labour have been hitting Australian headlines:
Leveraging the same new and emerging ICTs, dark web monitoring tools and services help combat this pervasive threat by proactively monitoring dark web for signs that company accounts or sensitive information have been compromised, including stolen credentials, passwords, account details and financial information.
Whether vendors allow you to manually search large data bases of dark web content, or offer a managed approach by monitoring dark web for you, the most proactive approach to cyber security provides a deep layer of protection by leveraging dark web threat intelligence and real-time broad dark web searches to detect threats before attacks commence and compromise a company’s assets.
If you would like to learn how Intrix can help your business build the right cyber security strategy to detect and deter dark web predators, please contact us. We would love to help protect your company data and sensitive information.