Source: Business Wire
DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet data, today announced the release of The OWL Cybersecurity Darknet Index: Reranking the Fortune 500 using Darknet Intelligence (DARKINT™), a study that assessed each company in the 2017 Fortune 500 list and ranked each company based on company data exposed on the darknet.
“Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to comprehensively measure a company’s presence on the darknet”
The darknet is a collection of networks on the internet that are purposefully hidden, designed specifically for anonymity. Unlike the surface web (public information available to search engines) and the deep web (online information requiring credentials, like banking sites or paid firewalls), the darknet is only accessible with special tools and software. As a result, the anonymity of the darknet facilitates the exchange of large amounts of stolen and hacked data. The presence of a company’s data on the darknet, and the extent of that presence, is one measure of cybersecurity risk.
To compile the Darknet Index, OWL Cybersecurity ran each member of the 2017 Fortune 500 through the company’s proprietary OWL Vision database and adjusted their results based on computations of “hackishness”— a proprietary algorithmic rating system which scores based on the likelihood that data could be used for nefarious intent and how recently the data was made available, with recent results given the most weight.
“Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to comprehensively measure a company’s presence on the darknet,” said Mark Turnage, CEO of OWL Cybersecurity. “Using our proprietary database of darknet content, combined with our hackishness algorithm, we are able to provide companies…
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