With an increase in the scale and severity of threats, it has become essential to mitigate emerging exploitation of the deep and dark web. Here is a quick overview of what our experts at Vinca Cyber have to say regarding why start-ups need to protect themselves from the deep and dark web.
Adoption of innovative tools and technologies has enabled start-ups to grow at a rate and efficiency previously reserved for large corporations, however the same has not been replicated in terms of security for the startups.
This has provided bad actors with an open field to exploit sensitive information for security breaches, theft, financial gains, and so on. Cyber experts worldwide highlight the need for cutting-edge cyber capabilities that ensure safety with the power of flexibility and scalability as businesses grow. In this article, we will summarize the insights of our security experts for enhanced security with the deep and dark web.
What is Surface, Deep and Dark Web?
What we use daily to surf, search, and read information is the “surface web.”
The “Deep Web” is invisible web content that a standard search engine will never index. These websites are home to sensitive information such as code databases, passwords, payment transactions, and so on. The “Dark Web” is a subset of the deep web, which is not publicly available and can only be accessed with special tools and software.
The internet revolution we see today would not be possible without the deep and dark web. Yet in recent years, hackers’ growing expertise in easily penetrating the deep and dark web has become a serious concern, especially for start-ups lagging with effective security infrastructure.
A recent surge in security breaches, ransom attacks, DDoS attacks, and other attack types are examples of bad exploitation of the deep and dark web.
Why are start-ups the new target?
Most start-ups assume the absence of security infrastructure attracts hackers, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Their extremely personalized and organized user data is a major source of fascination for them.
Usually, the data of large enterprises contain a large volume of relevant and irrelevant information, which adds an extra job of segmentation, but in the case of start-ups, they get hold of small but highly useful data without much effort.
Unlike the usual perception, the smaller size makes startups more vulnerable than enterprises. Therefore, it has become very critical for startups to implement a modern, one-step-ahead security infrastructure. But heavy costs to fund infrastructure and expertise costs become obstacles to start-ups and overall business efforts.
Tech-forward start-ups have solved these issues by partnering with specialized security partners to gain the cost and expertise advantage.
What value do security partners add?
End-to-end cybersecurity services backed by specific methodologies and processes are needed by the hour for any start-up looking to build a business-centric, customer-focused ecosystem.
Let’s look at the methodologies and process for doing so:
a) Endpoint Protection
End-user devices like mobile phones, laptops, and IoT are known as endpoints, and most attack vectors exploit these devices to form a route to the information stored on the deep web.
In 2021, 80% of security breaches originated from these devices. Hence, it has become important to secure endpoints with advanced tools and technologies.
b) Security System for Networks
A network is defined as a means to communicate between two or more devices for information or resource sharing. Traditionally, firewalls were enough, but the multiplication of threat severity pointed to the need for a well-established network security system.
Modern tools like NextGen Firewall, UTM, IPS, Anti-DDoS, SSL VPN, and Access Control have become integral and must be part of any network security system.
c) Cloud and Application Security
The Cloud and various kinds of applications have empowered start-ups and individuals to establish intelligent collaboration anytime, anywhere, on any device. In this process, a single loophole is an open invitation to attack vectors to pave the way into an internal database stored on the deep web.
To enable secure cloud and application collaboration, security partners must establish tools like CASB, secure encryption and gateways, database masking and monitoring to build a future-ready security posture irrespective of threat origins.
At Vinca, we strongly recommend a strong defence strategy for startups to protect against the deep and dark web. As a responsible data capital protector, we are committed to 360 ° coverage for our clients and millions of start-ups looking to park security concerns in a safe set-up every day.