How VPNs and Dark Web Monitoring stop criminals from wreaking havoc
With great technology comes great vulnerability. The Internet offers incredible opportunities for businesses to connect with customers, partners, and talent around the world. But it also makes it increasingly difficult to keep information safe.
Businesses are the prime targets for hackers bent on stealing private information, trade secrets, and money. And U.S. businesses are the hardest hit: American companies lost an average of $21 million to cybercrime last year, according to the Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Cybercrime study. By comparison, companies in the country with the second-highest costs – Germany – only shelled out roughly half, at $11 million.
As the first and only platform to roll every cybersecurity protection into a single intelligent, actionable interface, CyberGlass is trailblazing a new approach to cybersecurity with a unique ability to not just spot issues – but to fix them. For the first time, MSPs, MSSPs, and enterprise IT teams can view an organization’s cybersecurity strength in real-time through a single pane of glass.
In this second installment of a two-part series, we take a look at how CyberGlass blankets an organization with the highest level of WAN protection by rounding out its offerings with virtual private networks (VPNs) and Dark Web Monitoring.
VPNs secure Web traffic through encrypted ‘tunnels’
VPNs use encryption technologies to create a secure connection between a device and a remote private network via the Internet. No one can see where traffic traveling through this encrypted “tunnel” is going or what it is doing. Only computers and networks with a special key can decode the information, making it a cost-effective and viable way to secure data.
CyberGlass VPNs enable you to remotely access and share files, safe from prying eyes. By masking your origin IP, they give you total privacy to roam the Internet freely without being tracked, monitored, or having your data collected – thwarting potential attacks and making online purchases or other exchanges safer. They also prevent employees from working remotely in public locations like coffee shops from revealing sensitive information by using unsecured networks or accidentally logging onto a malicious network created by clever hackers.
Without VPNs, hackers can easily “see” private information like login credentials and access your systems and devices through unsecured networks. From there, the potential to cause malicious harm is endless: compromising data, wiping out files, infecting and crashing devices, and even holding your company systems for ransom.
Dark Web Monitoring makes it tough for hackers to sell data
Confusion and mystery surround the dark web in most people’s minds. Hollywood paints it as the seedy back alleys of the internet, a place no reputable browser would venture. Here’s the reality: the dark web is a real threat and something any business needs to worry about.
The dark web is a part of the Internet that isn’t indexed by search engines; it can only be accessed with encrypted IPs via special software. And while it does allow political dissidents to more safely communicate with journalists, it’s largely used for more sinister purposes – providing a robust black market for stolen data, weapons, drugs, child pornography, and more.
The dark web only represents 6 percent of the internet, but this is the place where data stolen in a breach is almost guaranteed to wind up. This exchange of confidential data from a company is rapidly becoming big business for cybercriminals.
Experian reports that for $30 you can buy a debit card with a name, birthdate, PIN, and Social Security number on the dark web. Social Security numbers alone can be snapped up for $1. MSP Insights asserts that 73 percent of Americans – 237,736,346 people – have at least one compromised credential for sale within the dark web.
A massive data breach has the power to cripple organizations big and small – and most start with compromised credentials sold on the dark web. But most IT departments don’t have the access, bandwidth, or expertise to perform the difficult and labor-intensive task of watching the dark web for information related to their company.
Dark Web Monitoring is an essential part of the WAN protections of CyberGlass. It blocks identity theft through continuous monitoring of the darkest corners of the web for identities, credentials, or other information belonging to an organization. If the information being traded or discussed relates to a specific company, it immediately raises an alert with recommended remediation. This rapid response is critical because compromised credentials can change hands in an instant and spark a chain of malicious attacks.
In a world where cybercrime is a day-to-day reality, Dark Web Monitoring and VPNs are essential for keeping data secure and avoiding the far-reaching consequences of a breach. And they are only a part of the full suite of best-of-breed cybersecurity protections that exist within CyberGlass. Stay tuned for future blogs that shed further light on how this one-of-a-kind product can help win the war against cybercrime.
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