Hitachi Systems Security and DarkOwl Announce Partnership to Enhance Security Services with Darknet Intelligence

Montreal, Canada and Denver, Colorado, USA – January 9, 2019 — Hitachi Systems Security Inc., a global IT security service provider specialized in 24/7 managed security services and strategic security consulting, today announced its partnership with DarkOwl LLC, a Denver-based cybersecurity company specializing in darknet intelligence information.

The objective of this partnership is to leverage darknet intelligence to augment Hitachi Systems Security’s managed security service offering to empower organizations to continually improve their cybersecurity defenses against threats, breaches and intrusions.

DarkOwl provides the world’s largest commercially-available database of DARKINT™ (darknet, deep web and high-risk surface websites) content and the tools and services to efficiently find leaked or otherwise compromised sensitive data on the darknet. This can include secure credentials, personal information, intellectual property, stolen credit cards or counterfeit documents. By shortening the timeframe to detection of compromised data on the darknet, organizations can swiftly detect security gaps and mitigate damage prior to misuse of their data.

Hitachi Systems Security will be leveraging the DarkOwl Vision platform to embed darknet intelligence capabilities into its proprietary ArkAngel platform. Together, ArkAngel and DarkOwl Vision will correlate external threats from the darknet with current activities in the customer environment to identify potential indicators of compromise and facilitate proactive threat hunting.

By embedding darknet intelligence into its managed security service offering, Hitachi Systems Security will be able to gather critical and timely intelligence from darknet sites, such as Tor, I2p, IRC, ZeroNet, insecure FTP sites and Pastebin, as well as from authenticated forums. The new darknet intelligence capability will be available for integration to all managed security service customers across all sizes, geographies and verticals.

Fadi Albatal, Chief Strategy Officer at Hitachi Systems Security, said that “in this day and age, data has become a true commodity that is sold on the black market for criminal purposes. Darknet intelligence has emerged as a critical factor for effective and thoroughly-executed security services. We are happy to team up with DarkOwl to gain timely and meaningful intelligence that is targeted to our customers to help our global customer base strengthen their cybersecurity defenses.”

Mark Turnage, Chief Executive Officer at DarkOwl, added that “DarkOwl is very pleased to partner with Hitachi Systems Security in this effort. With the steady growth of threats to organizations and companies emanating from the darknet, monitoring the darknet and converting this intelligence to actionable information is critical for any cybersecurity policy.”

As part of their darknet intelligence partnership, both organizations are also planning to collaborate on a series of global darknet intelligence reports for Canada, Japan and the Caribbean. Details will be communicated shortly.

 

About Hitachi Systems Security Inc.

Founded in 1999, Hitachi Systems Security Inc. is a Global IT Security Service Provider who builds and delivers customized services for monitoring and protecting the most critical and sensitive IT assets in our clients’ infrastructures 24/7. Hitachi Systems Security was founded with one simple mission in mind – to make the internet a safer place for all. Now, our team of security experts helps our customers in over 50 countries to secure their critical data and strengthen their cybersecurity posture against security breaches, data leaks and intrusions. We are passionate about delivering converged cybersecurity services to address the security challenges of today and tomorrow and propel your business to the next level all while securing your IT, OT and IoT environments.

For more information, please consult: www.hitachi-systems-security.com

 

About DarkOwl LLC

DarkOwl (formerly Owl Cybersecurity) is based in Denver, Colorado and provides darknet threat intelligence data which allows companies and organizations to understand their own digital risks. DarkOwl’s data platform allows companies to see the theft, breach, or otherwise compromised proprietary data on the darknet, thus allowing them to mitigate damage prior to the information being misused. The DarkOwl database is believed to be the largest database of darknet content available to commercial users.

For more information, please consult: www.darkowl.com

 

Press Contacts

Katharina Gerberding, Hitachi Systems Security Inc., +1-450-434-8062, katharina.gerberding@hitachi-systems-security.com

Leah Meredith, DarkOwl LLC, +1-716-536-2821, leah.meredith@darkowl.com

The Cambridge Analytica Data pales in comparison to the sensitive data that is for sale on the dark web

The psychographic data -where you live, your likes, dislikes, and birthday- obtained by facebook and harvested by Cambridge Analytica is most likely not on the dark web. Criminals buying data from the dark web are primarily interested in data such which can be immediately monetized, such as credit card numbers and social security numbers. Read the full article below to hear from Mark Turnage, CEO of DarkOwl, about the Cambridge Analytica data and your personal information on the dark web.

 

Cambridge Analytica spent $444,000 helping republicans in Colorado win key political races

Cambridge Analytica created “psychographic” profiles, based off of data collected from Facebook and voting records, to target voters in battleground districts. With the help of Cambridge Analytica, Republicans won a one-vote majority in the state chamber for the first time in a decade. Following their work in Colorado, Cambridge Analytica was hired to help President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. 

As cryptocurrencies grow, so does the demand to track their users

As newer cryptocurrencies begin to creep up, law enforcement agencies want the same capabilities targeting the newer technology.

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Launched in 2014, Monero is a cryptocurrency built fundamentally built to be private and untraceable. Zcash, a much-hyped 2016 addition to the cryptocurrency world, boasts similar privacy goals and is designed by a team of highly-respected academics in the U.S. and Israel.

“Monero in particular [is gaining adoption],” said Andrew Lewman, previously the director of Tor and now a vice president at the dark net intelligence firm DarkOwl. “One or two [criminal] marketplaces have played with Zcash but Monero is becoming much more popular and there is a marketplace that only does Monero now because bitcoin is easy to trace through the blockchain.”


OWL Cybersecurity Announces Name Change to DarkOwl

New Branding Reflects Commitment to Darknet Expertise

 

 

DENVER—(WEBWIRE)—September 26, 2017—

OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet content, announced today it is changing its name to DarkOwl. The new name better reflects its focus on darknet expertise. The change is effective immediately.

“We’re delighted to announce this effort which helps us better align to our core mission of providing the world’s greatest darknet expertise, ” said CEO, Mark Turnage. “Clients and employees alike are drawn to DarkOwl by our darknet expertise. It makes sense for us to adopt this as our branding with our forward moving momentum.”

OWL Cybersecurity will change its corporate website from owlcyber.com to darkowl.com, and its flagship darknet platform, OWL Vision, will change to DarkOwl Vision.

DarkOwl is based in Denver, Colorado and provides darknet threat intelligence data and services to allow companies and organizations to understand and mitigate their own digital risks. DarkOwl’s data platform allows companies to see in real-time the theft, breach, or other compromise of their proprietary data on the darknet, allowing them to both mitigate damage prior to the information being misused and to highlight gaps in their cybersecurity perimeter. This database is believed to be the largest database of darknet content available to commercial users. DarkOwl complements this with a full range of cybersecurity consulting services. For more information, visit www.darkowl.com.

 

 

Password expert says he was wrong: Numbers, capital letters and symbols are useless

Channel 9 News visited the OWL Cybersecurity headquarters to interview Vice President Andrew Lewman on a recent admission from Bill Burr, the creator of the most common modern day password standards, who now feels that his initial guidelines do not hold weight in the current cyber environment.

For the many of us who still follow Burr's old template for strong passwords, Lewman offers advice on how you can improve upon your personal password-creation procedure, Jessica Oh reports


OWL Cybersecurity Announces Darknet Index Ranking Government Agencies by Darknet Footprint

The Darknet Index: U.S. Government Edition measures the darknet exposure of 59 large divisions of the U.S. Government


DENVER—(WEBWIRE)—August 8, 2017—

OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet data, today announced the upcoming release of The Darknet Index: U.S. Government Edition, ranking 59 agencies by exposed data on the darknet and security threat levels.
 
To compile the index, OWL Cybersecurity ran each government agency through its proprietary OWL Vision database, focusing on specific darknets for matches on each company’s website and email domains. OWL Cybersecurity then further adjusted the results based on computations of “hackishness"— a proprietary algorithmic rating system which delivers scores based on the likelihood that data could be used for nefarious intent and how recently the data was made available, with recent breaches or data leaks containing an organization’s proprietary information given the most weight.
 
Having recently reranked the Fortune 500 on this basis, OWL Cybersecurity examined the U.S. Government to see whether its agencies have a markedly different darknet footprint than previously released indices.
 
“These results are not encouraging given the amount of money the [U.S.] government spends on cybersecurity,” said Mark Turnage, CEO of OWL Cybersecurity. “With higher darknet footprint scores than even the largest commercial sectors, it is critical that these agencies look at the darknet as a key component of a complete information security program.”
 
Preliminary insights from the index include:

  • The U.S. Navy leads the Index. It has the most extensive darknet footprint of all of the government agencies examined.
  • The U.S. Government scored worse than expected as compared to the largest U.S. companies. The U.S. Government averaged 1.6 points higher than the average Fortune 500 company, meaning that the government has a comparably larger amount of darknet exposure.
  • Military and defense groups overall are the largest target, closely followed by Cabinet agencies. A target’s attractiveness stems from the desirability of its protected information. Whether personal or proprietary, it would appear that the groups more closely linked to defense have data that cyber criminals find attractive.

Based on the results of OWL Cybersecurity’s Government Darknet Index, it is apparent that the company’s approach is a key factor in a complete information security approach. This tactic also offers a glimpse into the sheer volume of information available on the darknet, confirming that no company or organization is without risk on the darknet — not even cybersecurity organizations. Analyzing and monitoring darknet data is an integral part of a complete cybersecurity program, allowing organizations to quickly detect security gaps and mitigate damage prior to the misuse of their compromised data.
 
OWL Cybersecurity is based in Denver, Colorado and provides darknet threat intelligence data and services to allow companies and organizations to understand and mitigate their own digital risks. OWL Cybersecurity’s data platform allows companies to see in real-time the theft, breach, or other compromise of their proprietary data on the darknet, thus allowing them to both mitigate damage prior to the information being misused and to highlight gaps in their cybersecurity perimeter. This database is believed to be the largest database of darknet content available to commercial users. OWL Cybersecurity complements this with a full range of cybersecurity consulting services, including security assessments, penetration testing, application and code review, incident response, and digital forensics. For more information, visit www.owlcyber.com.


Jeff Sessions made investors want to throw money at dark web intelligence firms

Cyberscoop's Patrick O'Neill talks to Andrew Lewman of OWL Cybersecurity about the recent takedown of the darknet's two most popular marketplaces, Hansa and Alphabay.

The two discuss the United States Attorney General's recent comments on the dangers of the darknet, and how his public statements have led to a notable, increased interest by federal and private funders to invest in firms who specialize in darknet (or "dark web") intelligence.


OWL Cybersecurity Releases Darknet Index Ranking Black Hat USA 2017 Exhibitors By Darknet Footprint

Hewlett Packard and Accenture also rank high on OWL Cybersecurity’s Darknet Index: Black Hat Edition examining the darknet presence of all 283 exhibiting companies


DENVER—(WEBWIRE)—July 26, 2017OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet data, today released The Darknet Index: Black Hat Edition ranking all 283 Black Hat USA 2017 exhibitors by security threat levels and exposed data on the darknet.

To compile this Index, OWL Cybersecurity ran each Black Hat exhibitor through the OWL Vision database, focusing on specific darknets for matches on each company’s website and email domains. Then, OWL Cybersecurity further adjusted the results based on computations of “hackishness” — a proprietary algorithmic rating system which delivers scores based on the likelihood that data could be used for nefarious intent. OWL Cybersecurity also weighted data based on how recently the data was placed on the darknet, with recent results — from within the last 90 days — given the most weight, as recent breaches or data leaks containing an organization’s proprietary information often are most useful in targeting organizations.

“What matters most is an exhibitor’s ranking as compared to its competition,” said Mark Turnage, CEO of OWL Cybersecurity. “For example, if Symantec, Trend Micro, and Kapersky Lab consider each other competitors, they should assess their footprint scores in relation to one another.”

OWL Cybersecurity recently reranked the Fortune 500 by darknet footprint and security levels, and decided to examine the Black Hat USA 2017 exhibitors to see whether they have a markedly different darknet footprint than other indices. Every company on the Fortune 500 index had a presence on the darknet, whereas only 75 percent of the Black Hat exhibitors did, by far the lowest percentage of positive sample results OWL Cybersecurity tested across multiple groups.

Some key takeaways from the index include:

  • Microsoft leads the Black Hat Darknet Index. Microsoft scored higher than the score they registered three months ago when their darknet footprint landed them at #12 on the Fortune 500 Index.
  • Hewlett Packard and Accenture are not far behind. OWL Cybersecurity attributes these rankings to the companies’ growing volume of data collected in the OWL Vision platform.
  • The U.S. government is exposed. The Department of Homeland Security ranks fourth on the Black Hat Darknet Index, which is surprising given its overall mission. (Next month, OWL Cybersecurity will publish their ranking of the top U.S. government agencies by their presence on the darknet.)
  • Top targets are large organizations expanding into cybersecurity. Four of the top 10 ranked companies in the Black Hat Darknet Index are also listed in the Fortune 500 Index. All three of the largest anti-virus firms were in the top 20. While OWL Cybersecurity expects larger, more established companies to have more significant darknet footprints overall, the degree to which these factors determined the top rankings of the Black Hat Darknet Index was surprising.
  • Hacked valuable data leads to an increased risk. The highest-scoring companies all had credentials and/or intellectual property, which can be monetized by others, exposed on the darknet. The presence of this type of sensitive information is quite common in the database.

Based on the results of The Darknet Index: Black Hat Edition, it is apparent that investing in cybersecurity has tangible Darknet Index score benefits. While there were exceptions, companies that take information security seriously (like most Black Hat exhibitors), should have smaller darknet footprints and, thus, lower Index ratings.

“Our approach is a key factor in a complete information security program,” said Turnage. “A complete program incorporates the analysis and monitoring of darknet data, allowing organizations to quickly detect security deficiencies and alleviate any damage prior to the misuse of their compromised data.”

The complete Black Hat 2017 Darknet Index will be released for public download at http://www.owlcyber.com/black-hat-2017 on Friday, July 28, but will be available to all Black Hat exhibitors and attendees at OWL Cybersecurity’s booth, 973 in the Business Hall, during the conference, which begins today.


To see the OWL Cybersecurity Darknet Index: Black Hat Edition, please visit us at Black Hat USA 2017 in Booth 973. Otherwise, the report will be available digitally at the below link starting Friday, July 28, 2017.