Why Monitoring for Exposed Credentials is Important

Why Monitoring for Exposed Credentials is Important

Passwords are a twentieth-century solution to a modern-day problem. Unfortunately, user names and passwords are highly vulnerable to theft by malicious attackers. Criminals who know how to penetrate a company’s defenses can easily steal hundreds, or even thousands, of credentials at a time.

The “dark web” refers to encrypted online content, not indexed by conventional search engines. It contains anonymous message boards, marketplaces for drugs, and exchanges for stolen financial and personal data. This hidden economy is fueled by bitcoin, which is nontraceable, thus cloaking the identities of seller and buyers.

A criminal dealing in stolen credentials can make tens of thousands of dollars from buyers interested in purchasing credentials. And by selling those credentials to multiple buyers, organizations that experience a breach of credentials can easily be under digital assault from dozens or even hundreds of attackers.

While there is always a risk that attackers will compromise a company’s systems through advanced attacks, most data breaches exploit the lowest hanging fruit: common vectors such as known vulnerabilities, unpatched systems and unaware employees. Only by implementing a suite of tools including monitoring, data leak prevention, multifactor authentication, employee security awareness training and others – can organizations protect their business from the perils of the dark web.

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