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What kind of data should companies be looking for on the dark web?

The dark web -- the part of the web not indexed by search engines such as Google and used for nefarious purposes -- isn’t actually that big. One estimate suggests are only around 7,000 sites on the TOR network, while the FBI has said there are only around 800 criminal internet forums worldwide.

But while there may not be massive amounts of these forums, it is where the vast majority of underhanded online activity takes place. And for any company wishing to stay on top of its security obligations, getting a window into what happens on the dark web could prove invaluable.

Luckily, a new wave of companies such as Webhose, RepKnight, Terbium labs, Massive, Recorded Future, Sixgill, Hold Security, and AlienVault are adding a new layer to traditional threat intelligence and trying to make the dark web as easily searchable as any normal, Google-able website.

But what value does dark web monitoring bring to organizations and their security posture?

 

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Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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