5 Reasons To Adopt the Maritime Cyber Baseline

The Maritime Cyber Baseline is a new IASME Consortium certification built to assess the cyber security standard within the maritime industry. There are two different methods of certification that you can follow, including: 

  1. Vessels less than 500GT – verified self-assessment
  2. Vessels 500GT or greater – audited

The new certification offers a minimum benchmark for vessels to meet and is considered a cost-effective and time-efficient way to enhance your security on board. 

Here are 5 reasons why your superyacht needs the Maritime Cyber Baseline: 

1) Educated Crew: Your First Line of Defence

Whether private or commercial, 50m or 150m and despite the level of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) in place, the truth is that cyber concerns exist on every superyacht. However, irrespective of differences, all yachts share the ability to defend and mitigate these risks through the expertise of their crew. 

Through the Maritime Cyber Baseline, your crew will become prepared on how to defend against inevitable cyber attacks. By electing to certify to the baseline, your vessel and Heads of Department will send a message to fellow crewmates that they must act in the Owner’s best interest and work to protect their information. 

2) Prepare Your Superyacht Against Cyberwarfare

With unprecedented global cyber warfare taking place, concern over the potential ‘spill over’ from the cyberwar exists. The likelihood of being maliciously targeted by a Nation-state is improbable and the chance of having a system compromised increases if vulnerabilities are exploited. The Maritime Cyber Baseline will not guarantee protection from spill over. However, your risk and potential exposure are significantly reduced by implementing better security controls. 

The Maritime Cyber Baseline and Superyacht Cyber Security

3) Align with the IMO Maritime Cyber Risk Management Guidelines

In 2021, the International Maritime organization (IMO) updated their guidelines to ensure that all IMO members take the necessary steps to manage their maritime cyber risk. With the baseline including a requirement to have completed a risk assessment, completion of both the IMO cyber risk assessment and the Maritime Cyber Baseline concurrently is highly recommended. Through this practice, you will complete a full view of your yacht’s cyber security posture and be in a better place to mitigate risk with a baseline of controls already enabled. 

4) Keep Your Owners/Guests Trust

By nature, superyachts should be treated with the utmost privacy. The crew are explicitly told to keep information about the vessel, the Owner/guests and where they are headed confidential. After all, loose lips, sink ships! However, it’s hard to enforce the same via the digital footprint of the yacht and its crew. The Maritime Cyber Baseline helps enable a set of cyber security controls and best practices that allow tangible improvements through IT/OT systems onboard. 

5) Stay One Step Ahead of Increasing Threat

Superyacht cyber security doesn’t just impact the Owner or guests, it could affect a crew member or a supplier and have financial, operational, and reputational impacts that otherwise would have been easy to mitigate if the basics were implemented. So, with a 40% increase in cyber attacks on the maritime sector since the COVID-19 outbreak, it is more important than ever to stay on top of the rising threat. 

Additionally, the baseline sends a message that whether it’s cyber security or another subject that requires future consideration, due diligence is crucial and sets a gold-standard for the crew to adhere to in the seasons to follow. 


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Kurt Schrauwen



Kurt Schrauwen is a Director of the Riela Group of companies which includes Riela Yachts, Riela Cyber and Riela Tech. 

Kurt brings more than 20 years of leadership experience having been an early part of the global success of Microgaming in becoming a market leader. Kurt was responsible for the commercial, contractual, and technical sales for Microgaming and with this experience will complement the company’s growth strategy.

Kurt is passionate about business optimisation and prides himself in having an intrapreneurial outlook to maximise staff potential, reduce inefficiencies as well as identifying and maturing revenue growth opportunities.

Paul Cocker

Service Delivery Coordinator

Paul Cocker joined the Riela Group in late 2021, after spending just under 20 years with his previous employer.

Paul is responsible for the Riela Tech service levels, working on both the dispatch function and SLA management. Paul carries out a variety of duties across the Network Operations Centre and works closely across the wider team to deliver professionally tailored solutions for our Riela Tech clients.


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Murat Guner joined the Riela Group in the Summer of 2021 as an Infrastructure Engineer.

Murat began his career in Turkey as a computer teacher for primary and secondary schools before migrating his skills into IT infrastructure. After honing his IT experiences throughout a colourful career path, Murat gained numerous qualifications which he is now excited to apply to the management of our Riela Tech infrastructure.

Andrew Clucas

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Andy is a qualified Network Engineer with in-depth knowledge of architecting, implementing and supporting networking solutions in the SMB, Enterprise and Service Provider environments.

He has over 20 years of experience working across multiple vendor operating systems, including Cisco, Juniper, Linux and Microsoft, and has also been responsible for implementing a variety of large scale network services deployments, taking projects from design to rollout and support.

Andy also has experience of deploying and migrating a range of virtualisation technologies including VMWare, Hyper-V and KVM based systems.

Marc Dorey

Infrastructure & Managed Services Lead

Marc is our Group’s Infrastructure and Managed Services lead with over 18 years’ experience in delivering infrastructure projects across multiple industry verticals and international jurisdictions.  From projects in Aerospace and Engineering through to Banking and Insurance, from Europe, China, Africa and Australia.

This experience is matched with a varied list of certifications from leading industry vendors such as Hp, Cisco, Microsoft, Ruckus, CompTIA and more.  As a qualified technical trainer Marc is comfortably able to take complicated technical concepts and deliver them in simplistic terms to key decision makers and end users alike.

Most of Marc’s experience has been gained working for managed service providers, both large and niche and as such is able to take real world experience and blend it with industry standards to help align our service delivery with our clients values and processes.

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As a Marketing Executive, Alex is responsible for all marketing duties spanning the Riela Group.

Alex joined the Riela Group in August 2020, shortly after graduating with a Psychology degree from Nottingham Trent University.

With past work experience in content marketing, event management and web design, Alex is able to apply her creative and analytical skills into the Riela strategy.

Matthew Roberts

Head of Sales

As the Head of Group Sales at the Riela family of companies, Matthew leads the company’s sales strategy, execution, and growth.

Matthew has a successful record building trusted client relationship and delivering upon set expectations. An accomplished sales leader, he delivers a sales process that provides clients with the information and support they need to make the right decisions for their organisations and their constituents.

Matthew has significant experience within the maritime industry having previously worked across various sectors including insurance, security, satellite communications and managed IT. Matthew’s most recent experience encompasses almost 5 years spent with the leading satellite communications and managed IT provider in the maritime industry, focusing on their superyacht clientele.

Christian Goelz Riela Cyber

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Christian is involved across the Riela family of companies with particular attention to the technology businesses, Cyber and Tech.

Christian gained a postgraduate Master in Finance degree at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and completed his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Before joining us, Christian worked for six years at Argosy Capital, an Isle of Man-based private equity and venture capital business focusing on early-stage growth businesses. At Argosy, he focused on managing investment companies, research and financial analysis and served as a director on several boards.


Riela Group Managing Director

Robert Tobin is the Managing Director of the Riela Group of Companies and is responsible in overseeing our business operations, our people and driving excellence in all we do.

Rob brings over 25 years’ of successful leadership and entrepreneurial experience across a range of industries including Family Office, corporate services, construction engineering, Superyachts, cyber security and information technology development to our Group, and to our customers.

In the past 15 years Rob has gained a prominent reputation within the Superyacht industry for his passion, integrity, innovation and achievements to date.

“Being part of an awesome, capable and forward thinking team that have a shared passion for Superyachts, people and the environment is the highlight of my career and puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step everyday”.

Peter Astell Burt


Peter is an experienced technology consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the IT and cyber security industry.  Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), IT Strategy, Start-ups, Regulations, and Online Gaming. Strong consulting professional with a DPhil focused in Natural Sciences from ChristChurch, Oxford.

Tim Bliss

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Tim Bliss, Managing Director of Riela Tech since the company foundation in 2015 and Director of Riela Cyber, brings over 20 years’ of successful leadership experience across a range of industries including finance and banking, software development, and manufacturing, as well as cyber security and information technology. Prior to forming the company he led the technology for Manx Financial Group PLC, where he was instrumental in business systems transformation.

“It is our hugely capable team of experts that drives our business – it is fantastic and rewarding to be able to use technology, intelligence, and great customer service to help make our clients’ business and staff progressively more efficient resilient and secure”