By Manuel F. Pena, President, SysUP Systems, Inc.

In the fast-paced, tech-driven landscape of today, your business encounters a multitude of challenges. Yet, amidst the routine hurdles, the aftermath of an unexpected disaster can push your organization to the brink. Ironically, these trying times inadvertently create a breeding ground for cybercriminals, offering them opportunities to launch devastating attacks that further amplify the chaos caused by such events.

Understanding How Disasters Amplify Cyberthreats

Disaster preparedness should not only be about physical resilience but also about fortifying your digital defenses. To navigate the intricate web of cyber threats that disasters can create, let’s explore four major ways disasters amplify cyberthreats and strategies to proactively safeguard your business.

Leveraging Diverted Attention and Resources

When disaster strikes, the immediate focus naturally shifts towards safety and recovery. Unfortunately, this shift diverts attention and resources away from maintaining and protecting your IT systems and networks. With a reduced emphasis on cybersecurity measures, crucial updates and monitoring may be overlooked, leaving your networks vulnerable to intrusion.

Solution: Establish a dedicated team responsible for monitoring and maintaining cybersecurity, even during times of crisis. Let SysUp Systems be your team! We will implement automated security systems to continuously scan for vulnerabilities and apply necessary patches. By ensuring cybersecurity remains a priority, even in challenging times, SysUp Systems can minimize the risk of cyberattacks.

Exploiting Fear, Urgency, Chaos, and Uncertainty

Disasters create an environment rife with fear, urgency, chaos, and uncertainty—ideal conditions for cybercriminals to thrive. They launch targeted attacks, such as deceptive emails or fraudulent websites, capitalizing on the sense of urgency and the need for quick solutions.

Solution: Educate your employees about the tactics used in phishing attacks and social engineering scams. Train them to recognize warning signs, such as suspicious emails or requests for sensitive information. Encourage a culture of skepticism and verification, where employees double-check the authenticity of requests before sharing confidential data.

Damaging Critical Infrastructure

Disasters can cause severe damage to your critical infrastructure, compromising components integral to your cybersecurity measures. Destruction of servers, routers, or firewalls weakens your defense mechanisms, allowing cybercriminals to exploit security gaps.

Solution: Ensure your critical infrastructure has backup and disaster recovery in place. Regularly back up your data, store it securely off-site or in the cloud, and test the restoration process to ensure it functions smoothly. Implement robust disaster recovery and business continuity plans, including provisions for cybersecurity. SysUp Systems can assist with your data backup, disaster recovery and continuity planning.

Impersonation and Deception

In the wake of a disaster, cybercriminals often exploit the trust associated with relief organizations and government agencies. By impersonating these trusted sources, they deceive victims through phishing emails, messages, or calls, tricking them into divulging sensitive information or engaging in fraudulent transactions.


  • Encourage employees to verify the authenticity of any communication received during a disaster.
  • Advise them to independently contact the organization or agency through known, trusted channels to confirm the legitimacy of any requests.
  • Establish robust security awareness training programs that educate employees about common impersonation tactics and teach them how to report them effectively.

Act Now to Safeguard Your Business

Now armed with an understanding of how cybercriminals can exploit vulnerabilities during a disaster, prioritizing disaster preparedness and implementing the above-highlighted measures becomes crucial. In this ever-evolving technology landscape, taking proactive steps can make all the difference.

If you need expert guidance, SysUp Systems stands ready to improve your disaster preparedness and cybersecurity efforts. Let’s work together to ensure a resilient and secure future for your business. Contact us today to proactively safeguard what you’ve worked so hard to build.

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Collegeville, PA 19426
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