Far too often, accounting firms don’t know they’ve had credentials compromised and sold on the dark web until it’s too late. This is because hackers wait for weeks after stealing credentials to post them on the dark web – giving end users a false sense of security. Essentially, once credentials are sold on the dark web, criminals can use them to access your systems, steal money from accounts, and ultimately, steal the identities of your clients. Given the nature of the accounting industry and the massive volume of data you’re creating and storing, one compromised account can leave all of your clients at risk.
How does the dark web work?
Before you can understand why you need dark web monitoring, it’s important to understand how the dark web works. The dark web is essentially a secret internet society that allows cybercriminals to post, trade, and sell confidential information they’ve stolen. It’s part of the internet that isn’t visible to traditional search engines, and although there are some legitimate uses, it’s estimated that approximately 50% of activity on the dark web is illegal. Those accessing the dark web need an anonymizing browser to access it.
All sorts of confidential information can be stolen and posted for sale on the dark web to earn a profit:
- Login credentials
- Financial information
- Trademark and copyright infringements
Infiniwiz offers dark web monitoring wherein we monitor for any confidential information posted to the dark web. If it is, we remediate the situation as quickly as possible. Call (847) 350-7652 to learn more.
Although we offer a range of cybersecurity services designed to minimize the risk of data loss and/or theft, we highly encourage accounting firms to have dark web monitoring in place to further protect their confidential information. Some of our cybersecurity services that can be coupled alongside dark web monitoring include:
- Multi-factor authentication
- Threat monitoring SOC/SIEM
- Password management
- Daily backups and disaster recovery
- Audits/best practices
- Virtual private network
- Web filtering/firewall
How does our dark web monitoring work?
Our dark web monitoring combines human efforts with sophisticated dark web intelligence and search capabilities. We continuously search for any signs of compromised or stolen data – proactively analyzing and monitoring the dark web for you. In the unlikely event we do find something, we work to remediate the situation immediately, which may include:
- Assessing and wiping your devices of any potential malware
- Changing login credentials wherever necessary
- Restoring backups if needed