September 15, 2021
Threat intelligence, also known as cyber threat intelligence, is a term used to refer to the information an organization uses to understand the threats that are, have, or may in the future target their organization. This information is used to prevent and identify potential threats looking to breach your organization’s security.
Monitoring thousands of web sources where potential threat actors lurk is far from a simple task. The surface web most people can easily access represents just the tip of the iceberg of online content.
Cyber Intelligence and the Dark Web
Beneath the benign-looking surface web (also called “open web”) lies the deep and dark web. Already infamous with a reputation as a hotbed for illegal activity, the dark web is a favorite location for potential threat actors to announce their intentions, making it the ideal place for gathering cyber threat intelligence. In addition, while the regular surface web can be easily accessed via any browser, the dark web exists on darknets or overlay networks. This means that users often require specific software, configurations, or special authorization to access content on the dark web, making it the ideal place for those looking to engage in illegal activities.
The nefarious nature of many of the activities that take place on the dark web has made it a useful tool for cyber threat intelligence platforms. The dark web is considered an excellent source of information, with many potential leads emerging from it; however, the vast amounts of content available on both the dark web and the surface web make it impossible for human analysts or scientists to properly monitor the activities that occur manually, leading analysts to turn to AI cybersecurity solutions.
AI Cybersecurity and Dark Web Monitoring
AI cybersecurity solutions that limit their scanning capabilities to the surface web neglect the richest source of cybersecurity threat intelligence – the dark web. AI threat monitoring tools can perform dark web monitoring services to keep an eye on what goes on in the dark web. Using AI technologies such as natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning, monitoring solutions collect cyber threat intelligence on potential threat actors lurking in the dark web.
Most monitoring solutions include dark web scans as part of their services, automatically collecting and curating information in seconds that would have taken hours and days to collect manually. Dark web monitoring solutions can observe dynamic sites like chatrooms and other areas of the dark web where stolen information is often sold or cyber-attacks planned. Effective solutions will collect this information continuously and constantly update their databases with real-time data.
To remain aware and informed of potential cyber threats your organization may face, it is crucial to ensure that your AI monitoring solution can perform dark web scans. Cobwebs’ threat intelligence solution automatically scans and continually updates its databases with new information gathered from around all layers of the web. In addition, Cobwebs’ simple installation and scaling make it the ideal cyber threat intelligence solution that will adapt to meet your organization’s growing needs.