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Owl Cybersecurity: Bringing Light to the Darknet for Enterprise Organizations

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Recently, the terms ‘the darknet’ and ’the dark web’ have captured the public imagination as stories of nefarious and illicit activities happening in the dark corners of the internet fill news cycles. In fact, the terms have been around for many years, but are only now taking on renewed business relevance as organizations realize that they must take the cybersecurity battle beyond the walls of the enterprise.

According to Owl Cybersecurity, the darknet is “a network, built on top of the internet, that is purposefully hidden, …designed specifically for anonymity…[and] only accessible with special tools and software.” Within the darknet lie clues and indicators of enterprise security breaches, as hackers and other bad actors share and offer for sale their illicitly obtained goods.

As enterprise organizations step up their cybersecurity counter attacks, they are increasingly delving into the darknet in an effort to monitor activities that may point to unknown breaches, planned attacks or other impactful events. Finding this information in an intentionally obscured world, however, is a daunting challenge.

Owl Cybersecurity aims to make this process easier by creating what they claim to be the world’s largest database of darknet content. Their unique service extracts data from thousands of darknet sites each day, indexes them and makes the resulting information available to their subscribers. Providing numerous filtering functions, the service acts like a search engine for darknet content enabling subscribing enterprise organizations to quickly detect potentially compromised data and mitigate damage before impact.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.