Domain Monitoring Tools

Domain monitoring tools collect data from various sources, including domain registrars and web logs, to monitor for potentially malicious domain registrations that threat actors use to steal data. By incorporating threat intelligence into domain monitoring processes, security, brand, and fraud teams can collaborate more effectively to take action on identified threats. With domain name monitoring, companies can mitigate risks arising from impersonation techniques that can damage their digital brand and reputation. 

How Flare Adds to Domain Monitoring Tools

How does Flare complement domain monitoring tools?

Flare’s platform provides automated monitoring across the dark and clear web, providing prioritized alerts that enable organizations to identify threats to their domain and security. This threat intelligence supports the traditional domain monitoring tool capabilities of:

  • Tracking expiring domains
  • Website uptime monitoring
  • SSL certificate monitoring

With visibility into malicious actor activity, organizations can take a proactive approach to mitigating risk. 

How does Flare’s platform answer the use cases that domain monitoring tools enable?

With Flare’s threat intelligence capabilities, organizations can identify potential security threats targeting their domains. By combining domain monitoring tool insights with Flare’s external threat surface information, companies gain comprehensive visibility into website, server, and domain security and performance. 

What are the key benefits of using Flare with domain monitoring tools?

  • Continuous monitoring of the external threat environment to identify threats like, domain spoofing, typosquatting, phishing, and newly registered malicious domains
  • Contextualizing alerts with summaries that explain technical information in ways that security analysts of all experience levels can understand
  • Using AI language models to automate the takedown of lookalike domains

Domain Monitoring Tools: Brief Overview

What is domain protection?

Domain protection focuses on cyber threats that target an organization’s domain name. Attackers often exploit vulnerabilities in the domain registration and management processes to perform unauthorized actions like:

  • Hijacking
  • Phishing
  • Spreading malware

Many organizations incorporate domain protection into their overarching security and privacy programs to protect their reputation and ensure customer loyalty. 

Why is domain protection important?

Domain protection is critical in a digital world where organizations connect with customers using the internet. In the networking context, a domain is the administrative architecture for organizing, delivering, and accessing internet-based services. Domain protection is critical for reducing:

  • Risk of multi-channel attacks, like those across email, websites, and social media
  • Likelihood that customers will be tricked into interacting with a malicious, spoofed, website
  • Domain IP infringement 

Why Do You Need Domain Monitoring Tools in Today’s Cybersecurity Landscape?

What are domain-based threats?

Domain-based security threats target the organization’s domain infrastructure seeking to compromise its security and customer data. Some common examples of domain-based threats include:

  • Phishing attacks: creating fraudulent websites that mimic legitimate domain addresses to trick customers into sharing information like login credentials or financial details
  • Domain hijacking: gaining unauthorized access to a business’s domain registrar account and taking control of the domain to redirect traffic to malicious websites that can infect users’ devices with malware or steal data
  • Domain spoofing: creating fake email accounts that look like they’re from a trusted domain that contain malicious links or attachments that compromise credentials or sensitive information 
  • Copycatting: creating a website that mirrors a legitimate webpage by finding a top-level domain that the organization isn’t using or adding multiple top-level domains to a domain name
  • Typosquatting: creating a URL that uses a common misspelling and hoping that users won’t notice the mistake when they type in the URL  

What are the key elements of a domain protection strategy?

The key elements of a domain protection strategy include:

  • Domain monitoring to identify abnormal or suspicious activities
  • Detection, analysis, and alerting for domain threats
  • Dark, deep, and clear web as well as illicit Telegram channel monitoring to identify threat actor activity for mentions of the organization’s name or its hosting providers
  • Analyzing data to identify the close matches that pose a real cybersecurity risk 
  • Submitting takedown requests to the domain registrars and hosting sites

Why are domain monitoring tools important for brand protection?

Domain monitoring tools are critical to digital brand protection because they enable businesses to scan the clear, dark, and deep web, as well as illicit Telegram, channels to:

  • Mitigate cyber attack risks: identify unauthorized changes to domain registrar accounts  
  • Detect domain-based attacks: mitigate identity theft and and other digital risks by blocking malicious activity, like phishing, malware, or domain hijacking attempts 
  • Safeguard customer data: monitoring for unauthorized use of customer information to protect privacy and comply with data protection regulations
  • Enhance the overall customer experience: taking down fraudulent websites improve customer trust and mitigate risks arising from attackers taking advantage of the brand
  • Save time and money: automating monitoring and takedown processes enable security teams to focus on other critical activities

Domain Monitoring Tools and Flare

Flare provides the leading Threat Exposure Management (TEM) solution for organizations. Our technology constantly scans the online world, including the clear & dark web, to discover unknown events, automatically prioritize risks, and deliver actionable intelligence you can use instantly to improve security. Flare’s platform enables organizations to implement a comprehensive approach to monitoring threat actor chatter and automating takedowns of lookalike domains at the click of a button. 

Our solution integrates into your security program in 30 minutes to provide your team with actionable intelligence and automated remediation for high-risk exposure. See it yourself with our free trial.

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