Posted on Oct 3, 2019
SecurityScorecard is excited to announce a partnership with HackNotice, an Austin, Texas-based security company service that alerts individuals and companies when their information has been disclosed in data breaches from hacked sites. They maintain a best in class corpus of historical breaches ranging back to 2005.
HackNotice monitors the web for leaked information, and compiles those leaks into a database. That database can be used to determine if information related to a person has been leaked. While the company’s mission is to bring real-time threat intelligence to individuals, this partnership with SecurityScorecard opens up their database to businesses as well.
This partnership will support SecurityScorecard’s ability to detect breaches and leaked information, and allow us to provide stronger monitoring of our clients’ security posture, compliance, and information security.
Data breaches are becoming more and more frequent; 3,813 breaches were reported in the first six months of 2019, up 54% from 2018, and representing the exposure of more than 4.1 billion records. The cost of the breach can be high; the average cost of a data breach is $3.92 million, according to the Ponemon Institute’s Cost of a Data Breach report.
HackNotice protects organizations from future breaches by actively scanning the Internet for evidence of past breaches.
The company draws its information from a vast, best-in-market database of reported breaches; its dataset includes more than 40,000 records of breaches reported by businesses ranging from small mom and pop stores to major banks. HackNotice collects new evidence of breaches every day, making it easy for users to get access to information about hacks. These records include important metadata, like who was potentially responsible for the breach and what information was put at risk.
This wealth of information is a tremendous benefit for SecurityScorecard and its customers; our security scores are based on the collection, analysis, and attribution of millions of critical data points. Combining HackNotice’s dataset with our own will strengthen our ability to provide the best possible security scores for our customers; we’ll be able to paint a more detailed picture of our customers’ risk, both of their own organizations and of their third and fourth parties.
HackNotice, which was launched last year, was founded by Mike Takla and Steve Thomas, both former employees of SecurityScorecard.
In the future, the partnership between HackNotice and SecurityScorecard may even detect breaches before our clients do; HackNotice is developing a product that will allow them to find implied breaches — chatter or artifacts found in hacker forums or on the darkweb that will let them detect breaches before they’re reported.
“We are excited to partner with SecurityScorecard to further improve their breach and leaked credential capabilities,” says Takla. “They are a market leader in the security ratings and were instrumental to the foundation of our own company.”
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