What is the Dark Web and why do I need to know about it?

Continuing with our Cyber Security series offering practical measures you can take to keep your business and remote employees safe online, we take a look at the Dark Web and why every UK business needs to be more cyber aware.

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Published on: 6 May 2021

What is the dark web?

 The dark web is a part of the World Wide Web that isn’t indexed, and access is only possible with specialist software that allows users to remain anonymous, making them hard to detect and identify. According to research, dark web activity has increased dramatically since 2019, with almost 60% of all activity hosting illicit material that could harm organisations.

 The dark (or deep) web has always been thought of as a hotbed of criminal activity. A large number of predators operate within the dark web with their sole purpose to hack into business and personal accounts to sell and share sensitive data and exploit organisations and people financially by taking full control of their online activities.

In 2017, hackers successfully took over NHS hospital trusts and GP practices IT systems, with a catastrophic effect on operations, emergency cases, X-rays and more.  This cyber attack cost the NHS £92m, and with more sophisticated ways to target victims online, it’s sensible to start thinking about what a potential attack could mean for your business.

How do you know whether your business is compromised?

Thankfully you can find out if your company details have been leaked onto the Internet. For a limited time we are offering a complimentary dark web report which can show:

  • Details of exposed email addresses and passwords
  • The origins of the cyber breaches
  • Any other personally Identifiable Information (PII)

 Ready to get started?  Click here for your bespoke report.


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