Your Business Credentials: A Hacker’s Hole-in-One

Your Business Credentials: A Hacker’s Hole-in-One

Forgive the golf metaphor, the amazing finish at the Masters Tournament and the improving weather have put golf on my mind. But your digital credentials, such as usernames and passwords, are ‘out there’ connecting you and your employees to critical business applications and online services.

Criminals know and act on it — and that’s why digital credentials are among the most valuable assets found on the Dark Web. Your credentials really are the hacker’s hole-in-one

What is the Dark Web?

The Dark Web is made up of digital communities that live ‘underground’ on the Internet, where it is estimated that over 50% of all Dark Web sites are used for criminal activities, including the disclosure and sale of business credentials.

Far too often, companies that have had their credentials compromised and sold on the Dark Web don’t know it until they have been informed by law enforcement — but by then, it’s too late.

Why We’re All Vulnerable

Passwords are a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem. Unfortunately, usernames and passwords - the most common digital credentials used today - are all that stands between you and vital online services including corporate networks, social media sites, e-commerce sites and others. A good security practice is to use a completely different password for every service, but the fact is that nearly 40% of us have the same or very similar passwords for each service they use.

How to Protect Yourself

There’s no single solution that can protect against all possible attacks. However, you can still take steps to mitigate the most common forms of attack – statistically, these attacks are most likely to leverage passwords compromised on the Dark Web or human error due to insufficient cybersecurity training.

CDS can help. We specialize in protecting businesses just like yours from falling victim to increasingly complex threats. We offer Dark Web Monitoring to identify exposed credentials and alert our clients before hackers can do harm.

We also offer a Security Awareness Training platform to train your employees to recognize and avoid phishing attacks and other malicious activities targeting human vulnerability.

Get in touch with us today for your FREE Dark Web Scan and to learn more about how you can spend less time worrying about cybersecurity and more time on the links!