Accessing the dark web may require special software access, but it’s certainly a place you do not want to visit if you don’t have a solid understanding of what it is…or what you’re getting yourself into for that matter.

As a security practitioner, it’s important to know why you should care about the dark web, and stay abreast of the latest developments tied to this nefarious part of the World Wide Web. Most recently, it’s become a little easier to access it from mobile devices, which should be cause for concern. However, there are other aspects to take note of, according to Digital Shadows CISO Rick Holland.

Following the takedown of Alphabay and Hansa, the two English-language successors to the Silk Road, many users have been looking to see what’s next and what will replace the markets.

“Really we’ve been looking at the aftermath of Hansa and Alphabay and what that means for a lot of cybercriminals is more OPSEC less trust, and more person-to-person communication,” Holland told InfoSec Insider during a recent interview shot at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas.

In the full video interview below, Holland discusses the latest dark web threats this year, and what security practitioners should have on their radar.

Click here to watch the video.

Marcos Colón
SVP, Content Marketing
As MISTI’s content marketing lead, Marcos spearheads the brand’s content marketing strategy, implementing a process to deliver high-quality insight to information security and internal audit professionals. Prior to working with MISTI, he served as the online editor for the award-winning SC Magazine, a prominent B2B IT security publication. He also served as a senior editor at NewsCred, a prominent content marketing agency, where he provided content strategy guidance for leading brands that include Discover, IBM, Visa and Bloomberg.