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How to Avoid Being Victimized by the Dark Web

How to Protect Your Valuable Business Data from the Dark Web

Discover how to protect your data from the dark web by using tried and proven cybersecurity procedures and working with a knowledgeable service provider.   

Dark Web

What Is The Dark Web?

The dark web is a vast collection of websites that cannot be accessed using a regular internet browser such as Firefox, Bing, or Google Chrome. However, that doesn’t mean that these sites sit idle. Cybercriminals access them regularly and estimates show that well over 600 million stolen accounts can be found for sale on these sites. Some bits of information, such as a Social Security number, can be bought for as little as $3 apiece.

Thankfully, there are tried and proven ways to reduce the odds of your valuable data being hacked and put up for sale on a website on the dark web.

The following are some tips that you can implement to keep your customers, employees, and suppliers safe from breaches.

  • Make sure you and every single employee in your company use strong passwords. Good passwords should be devoid of personal information and should include numbers, symbols and both upper and lower-case letters.
  • Use two-factor authentication whenever possible to add an extra layer of security to your data
  • Provide employees with ongoing cybersecurity training. Most cyber criminals gain access to company data due to mistakes made by company employees.

The Benefits of Working with a Managed Service Provider

While there are ways to reduce the odds of being victimized by cybercriminals, it is still important to monitor the dark web to ensure that your valuable business information isn’t up for sale. Don’t assume that you haven’t been hacked just because you haven’t noticed evidence of an attack, as it can take up to six months for most companies to discover that they have experienced a data breach.

Many managed service providers offer cyber-surveillance monitoring services that will regularly scan the dark web for your information. If your data is found, an MSP can help you draw up a plan to address the situation and prevent future breaches. At the same time, a managed service provider also provides valuable cyber-security services such as 24/7 network monitoring, cyber-security training for employees, secure cloud storage solutions, and regularly updated antivirus programs. Service plans can be customized to enable business owners to select the exact services they need at any given time.

OnServe specializes in providing cutting edge IT solutions to healthcare, accounting, financial and manufacturing industries. The company also works with municipalities, offering a host of managed IT services and cybersecurity solutions to suit the needs of small, medium-sized and large companies alike. Get in touch with us to find out more or to schedule an appointment with one of our trained, experienced, IT technicians.