RSAC Fireside Chat: Cybersixgill crawls the Dark Web to uncover earliest signs of companies at risk

By Byron V. Acohido

Adopting personas and rubbing elbows with criminal hackers and fraudsters is a tried-and-true way to glean intel in the Dark Web.

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It’s not at all unusual to find law enforcement agents and private sector threat intelligence analysts concocting aliases that permit them to lurk in unindexed forums, vetted message boards and encrypted code repositories.

This boots in the underground approach, of course, has its limitations.

At RSA Conference 2023 , which gets underway on Monday, Apr. 24, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the latest innovations in gathering and leveraging intel — at a scale that can make a material difference — will be in the spotlight.

I had the chance to visit with Delilah Schwartz, security strategist at Cybersixgill, a Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity company that supplies this type of threat intelligence.

Guest expert: Delilah Schwartz, security strategist, Cybersixgill

We discussed how her company is leveraging essentially the same automated crawling tools and techniques used by the big search engines to gather and supply actionable threat intelligence to its customers.

“We gain fully automated access to these very difficult to navigate Dark Web platforms, extract that useful intel, analyze it using AI and ML, and then we translate that into concrete insights in our data lake,” Schwartz says.

For a drill down, please give the accompanying podcast a listen. Good intel can only help inform smarter, more effect network defenses – and ultimately reinforce resiliency.

I’ll keep watch and keep reporting.


Pulitzer Prize-winning business journalist Byron V. Acohido is dedicated to fostering public awareness about how to make the Internet as private and secure as it ought to be.

(LW provides consulting services to the vendors we cover.)



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