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Cybersecurity

The Dark Web

The goals of this article are: 1) to provide a basic outline of the structure of the Web and to provide some insight into the purpose for and content housed on each level; and 2) to give some practical tips on preventing your company's data from ending up on the Dark Web.

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Nearly all of us access the Web on a daily basis. Yet for many of us, there is a fundamental lack of knowledge about the basic structure of the Internet and the way its different levels interact. It is only when stories or criminal cases regarding hidden online markets for illicit and illegal goods, such as Silk Road, hit mainstream news outlets that the general public starts to gain awareness of the deeper pool of sites and information that exist beneath the surface. Such stories are, for many, the sole source of information regarding the so-called “Dark Web.”

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