The Dark Web: What is it and why should it be important to me?

With all of the recent large corporation data breaches that seem to be in the news almost every day we frequently see the term Dark Web but very little information about what it really is so I wanted to describe it to you and why you should be concerned.  The Dark Web is a digital equivalent of the Black Market.

The internet most of us know is only the surface layer of a much larger universe called the Deep Web.  Our “internet” that is searchable by Google, BING, Yahoo and others is only about .04% of the total internet universe.  The other 99.96% is comprised of legitimate functions like corporate databases, government networks, and private academic networks plus the Dark Web where criminals operate numerous illegal enterprises and terrorists plan their activities.  The Dark Web is over 500 times the size of the surface web were you and I operate and it’s growing rapidly since you can work in it anonymously.

Now that you have some background information about the Dark Web, why should you be concerned about it?  One reason is that if your login credentials for one site have been compromised it’s been shown through studies in human behavior that 80% of people will use either the same or a derivation of the same password across systems they log into both on and off their corporate networks.  Stolen login credentials as well as many other illegal goods and services are bought and sold on the Dark Web. If you’re a business owner or manager this spells trouble for your business.

John Hill, TechSage Solutions