Simply put, the answer is more than likely yes. More than 11.78 billion records have been breached through various types of attacks. These attacks include phishing, malware, and credential stuffing. These stolen records including your employee login credentials frequently end up for sale on the dark web.
Hackers are evolving and always on the lookout for valuable information to sell and people are often unaware of their information being breached until it’s too late and their accounts have been compromised. Dark web monitoring is a proactive cybersecurity solution to mitigate this risk. Attain Technology’s dark web monitoring frequently scans the dark web for any compromised – stolen credentials related to your business.
What is Dark Web Monitoring?
The dark web is a part of the internet that isn’t indexed by search engines. Users can purchase credit card numbers, drugs, guns, counterfeit money, stolen subscription credentials, hacked Netflix accounts, and software that helps you break into other people’s computers on the dark web.
That is why it’s important to have a cybersecurity solution in place to perform regular system scans for any stolen credentials related to your business. This information allows you the opportunity to take immediate action in securing your accounts and preventing further damage and future attacks.
Dark web monitoring is able to do this by:
- Proactive scanning will help reduce the risks and threats caused by exposed employee credentials
- Shed light on overused passwords. Employees often reuse login credentials for at least 5 different applications at the same time
- 24/7/365 monitoring that can identify and investigate exposed login credentials or pairs discovered directly linked to your business email domains or IP address details.
Why Would a Hacker Want Employee Credentials?
It is estimated over 50% of sites on the Dark Web are used for criminal activities, including the sale or exploitation of digital credentials. This is because these stolen credentials give cyber criminals access to secure data within your company including financial information, client records, and personal employee details. More than that, credentials can also be used in more targeted cyber attacks such as:
- Phishing schemes – sending emails that appear to come from a company’s trusted employee
- Social engineering – using information gathered from employee credentials to gain access to a company’s physical premises
- Credential Stuffing- Credential stuffing is the automated injection of stolen username and password pairs into websites’ login forms.
Needless to say, cybercriminals have the possibility of gaining more information and benefits than many think.
What’s the Value of a Compromised Employee Credential?
The value of employee credentials on the Dark Web varies, depending on how much information is included. Often, a combination of an email address and password can go for as little as $1. But when it includes additional information, such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, the value increases significantly.
If the hacker manages to get all the employee credentials, they can get up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
While they gain large sums of money, you lose valuable company information and potentially lose customer trust. Your money and reputation are on the line.
Attain Technology Navigates The Dark Web so that You Don’t Have To
Don’t do this alone, it’s a risky and sometimes costly endeavor. Partnering with us can lift a weight off your shoulders you didn’t even know was there. Our 24/7 Dark Web monitoring solution provides you with critical alerts should your business domain or employee credentials be discovered on the Dark Web.
By taking a proactive rather than reactive approach you make your network and data more secure. Give us a call today to learn more about our comprehensive cybersecurity solutions and schedule a dark web scan! Our team is here to ensure your business is secure, giving you peace of mind in the ever-changing digital world.