ACID Proactive Cyber Protection
ACID is a leading dark web monitoring company that continuously monitors the dark web and numerous other sources and platforms to detect attacks as early as in their planning stage. Real-time, detailed alerts enable you to take action to enhance your protection from attacks planned or perpetrated on the dark web, thwart them or mitigate their consequences.
ACID Proactive Cyber Protection
ACID performs continuous monitoring of numerous sources and platforms to detect attacks as early as in their planning stage.
Real-time, detailed alerts allow you to take action to thwart the attacks or mitigate their consequences.
Cybercriminals and cyberterrorists are constantly looking for new attack methods and vulnerable entry points into their chosen victims’ systems, aiming to keep one step ahead of cybersecurity professionals.
2020 was a record-breaking year in the number of cyberattacks on companies, governments, and individuals (Forbes), as well as in the number of data records breached – 36 billion in the first six months of the year alone (Varonis). A sizable share of this increase is attributed to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to a remote workforce, which has presented hackers with additional vulnerabilities to exploit. In April 2020 alone, half a million Zoom user accounts were compromised and sold on the dark web (CPO Magazine). Remote workers have caused a security breach in 20% of organizations (Malwarebytes).
According to the FBI, there has been a fourfold increase in cybersecurity complaints since the beginning of the pandemic, and the global losses from cybercrime in 2020 exceeded $1 trillion. The number of reports of identity theft received by the US Federal Trade Commission in 2020 – 1.4 million – was double the number reported in 2019.
A further challenge is presented by the expected growth in Internet-connected devices, from 31 billion in 2020 to 35 billion in 2021 and 75 billion in 2025 (Security Today).
The sophistication of some cybercriminals is demonstrated in a ‘The Hacker News’ report from August 2021, revealing that Microsoft has disclosed details of an evasive year-long social engineering campaign. According to the report, the operators kept changing their obfuscation and encryption mechanisms every 37 days, including relying on Morse code to cover their tracks and surreptitiously harvest user credentials. The rising level of sophistication also results from the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, 5G, and the increased scope of tactical cooperation between hacker groups and state-backed organizations.
The SolarWinds attack, believed to have originated in March 2020 and detected only months later, is an example. Most experts attribute the attack to a group of hackers affiliated with the Russian government. It demonstrates the disastrous, far-reaching consequences of a successful software supply chain attack, for which most organizations are unprepared. According to its reports, SolarWinds customers include 425 US Fortune 500 companies, the top ten US telecommunications companies, the top five US accounting firms, all branches of the US military, the Pentagon, the State Department, and hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. The hackers gained access to many SolarWinds clients through a compromised update to the company’s Orion software. Those affected included US government agencies – the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, Pentagon, the State Department, the Department of Energy, and large companies, including Intel, Microsoft, and Cisco.
For you, the IT security professional, “know thy enemy” is imperative. You may be receiving updated information from various sources provided by threat intelligence companies about methods of attack preferred by hostile perpetrators and the vulnerabilities they successfully exploit.
You, like your colleagues, are most likely scrambling to improve defense mechanisms and close gaps to avoid being included in the above statistics. You aim to avoid being a data-breached company that has lost customer confidence and is at serious risk of losing a sizable share of its business.
But even with the most updated information on cyber threats, your actions may be insufficiently effective or too late.
This is where ACID comes in.
ACID provides real-time information about attacks targeting your organization, even as early as in their planning stage, to enable you to prepare an effective response, mitigate their consequences, and perhaps avoid them entirely.
ACID, a dark web monitoring company, has developed a platform to monitor arenas where cybercriminals and cyber terrorists prowl and operate. It unleashes clusters of robots and implements advanced AI algorithms to detect the first hints of hostile activity. It then sends alerts in real-time to the intended targets to enable them to take appropriate advance action. ACID continues round-the-clock monitoring to collect additional information as it becomes available to implement the most effective countermeasures for as long as the threat remains.
The global cost of cybercrime is estimated to reach $10.5 trillion annually by 2025 (cybersecurityventures.com). Yet a new IDG Research Services survey revealed that despite increased IT security investments in 2020, 78% of senior IT professionals and IT security leaders believe that their organizations’ protection against cyber attacks is insufficient (as reported by Yahoo! Finance in 2021).
To be effective, cybersecurity must therefore rely heavily on automated, state-of-the-art technological solutions - on ACID
As a highly effective threat intelligence company, ACID provides detailed alerts in real-time. It allows the targeted organization’s cyber professionals to dedicate their time and effort to taking the appropriate advance action to counter the threat, instead of spending valuable resources to deal with threats once they materialize and inflict damage.
By allowing organizations to prepare for and effectively deal with planned cyberattacks, ACID will enable them to maintain business continuity, benefiting their revenue, protecting their reputation, and contributing to customer retention.
With ACID, the organization can make the most of its resources, investing them where they are most needed. Even more importantly, it can potentially eliminate or minimize the high financial cost of a security breach – be it the ransom payment or the cost of restoring normal operation. This is particularly critical when 77% of surveyed organizations worldwide report that they do not have a cyber security incident response plan applied consistently across the enterprise (report commissioned by IBM).
Constant in-depth monitoring
As a top-notch dark web monitoring company, ACID operates 24/7/365, monitoring the clear, deep, and dark web for any hint of hostile activity targeting each client. It constantly updates its technological tools to effectively deal with new and anticipated threats and newly developed attack methods.
ACID’s solutions are fully automated. Monitoring takes place 24/7/365 without human intervention, and alerts are automatically sent immediately upon detection of a potential threat. ACID’s full automation presents a dual advantage. Firstly, the client organizations can rest assured that they will receive information on threats without delay, giving them time to implement countermeasures and protect themselves from planned attacks detected by ACID on the dark web. Secondly, ACID’s automated systems send out new, updated information about the attack as soon as it becomes available, enabling the client organization to optimize its response.
ACID, together with each client, tailors its services to produce optimal results and maximum benefit. Keywords can be easily added, changed, or removed, as necessary – at any time.
Intelligence gathering for continuous upgrading
The upsurge in online activity and the increasing shift to cloud infrastructure has opened the door for cybercriminals, enabling them to steal and take over businesses’ identity and account details for malicious purposes. Thanks to ACID’s monitoring of the dark web, its client organizations are notified when their confidential data or account details are posted on the dark web and offered for sale. This gives them a chance to quickly take proper action to protect themselves from data breaches, theft of additional data, IP infringement, and email compromise.
The ACID team gathers and analyzes information about new threats and attack methods on an ongoing basis, implementing proprietary AI algorithms. We also investigate tutorials disseminated among cybercriminals and terrorists, discussions in the dark web, and deep web forums. Constantly keeping abreast of new developments and analyzing new directions with the most advanced methods at our disposal allows us to keep at least one step ahead of the perpetrators, anticipate new threats and upgrade our detection capabilities.