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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 pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).