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With the rise in reported cyber attacks since the emergence of COVID-19, professionals were forced into a more vigilant way of working, often from different environments and systems. A substantial proportion of the population are now welcoming part-time work from home (WFH) practices and it is important that these working environments are just as secure (if not more) as those back in the office.
Initially, companies faced a rush to WFH in a panic, with little care taken to secure practices in the process. However, now that the initial pandemic shock has passed, the time has come to ensure your WFH set-up is efficient, resilient and secure for long-term activity.
In no order of importance, the following 5 steps are those which we would encourage any business to use when securely working from home:
With the majority of emphasis held on digital security, it is vital that physical security doesn’t go out of the window – quite literally. Opportunistic cyber criminals will be searching for ways to steal your data and this may take form through physical theft.
To reduce the risk of physical security breaches when out of use, ensure you lock all systems, close all windows and hide all devices from plain sight when not in use. When in use, install 2-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA) password security to add that additional step between you and a potential cyber criminal.
As files are created and saved onto your desktop, the chances of a data breach dramatically increase. Securing your files has never been more important.
To protect against ransomware maliciously encrypting your files, use synchronisation technology that can quickly restore your files to the last good copy, whilst also facilitating secure file sharing with others, rather than using less secure methods such as email. To protect against data theft, Microsoft’s Bitlocker (free with Windows 10 Pro) or similar to encrypt your device at home – this will prevent thieves from accessing your company’s data.
Similar to file synchronisation, having remote connections from your desktops and mailboxes are also critical for secure homeworking. This enables all work to be hosted in a different location to the local device.
By using remote hosted services, only users with authorisation will have access to your information, minimising the risk of a security breach (especially when used in combination with two or multi-factor authorisation).
When you are working from multiple devices (e.g. your home desktop, office desktop and mobile device), it is critical that threats are being proactively monitored from all ends.
Optimal security from multiple devices can be achieved using endpoint security and management. Services as such allow threats to be monitored and discovered before they have the opportunity to affect your workflow, critical when staying virtually connected with your colleagues.
In the course of the pandemic, numerous businesses and agencies have fallen subject to the scams held by cyber criminals. One scam that took many by surprise was that of the ‘GIF’, hosted through Microsoft Teams.
To many working from home, Microsoft Teams has been a life-saver and the GIF was just a short animation sent to colleagues to lift spirits within this crazy time. Thanks to CyberArk, the dangerous GIF never became an issue. However, this acts as a reminder that even the most ‘harmless’ of features could turn malicious without appropriate cyber controls.
If unresolved, even looking at the malicious GIF without interacting with it could have scraped the user’s data. This is why we recommend all employees not only keeping up-to date with the latest news in cyber security, but also actively watching for cyber threats.
By ensuring that all employees have adequate knowledge of what a cyber threat could look like for them, the company’s overall work from home security will improve. This can be achieved in numerous ways, from hosting cyber security training to having open discussions about the steps all employees should be taking to achieve quality work from home security.
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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.
Luke is an Infrastructure Engineer for the Riela Group with over 7 years of experience providing infrastructure support and solutions.
He currently holds his BSc in Computer Science, Microsoft Azure Administrator, Comptia A+, and Comptia N+ qualifications.
Most of his experience has been gained by working for Managed Service Providers that provide full IT support and solutions to companies ranging from small to large enterprises.
He is extremely passionate about technology and excellent customer service delivery, ensuring he is always kept up to date with the latest technologies and providing the best solutions to clients.
Josh is a Cyber Security Engineer specialising in Technical Sales and Support. Josh builds trust into each client relationship by working closely with business functions to deliver professionally tailored solutions for our clients from sales through to production and after care.
Having spent 4 years as an Officer Cadet in the British Army, Josh has had a great opportunity to develop his interpersonal and management skills to the highest standard possible. Josh is an avid public speaker and presents material regularly across different industries through seminars and online hosted events.
With an extensive competitive background in eSports and eGaming, both as a sponsored player and coach, Josh has been at the forefront of evolving technology, security and mitigation. It is this sort of experience that enables Josh to help facilitate the growth of Riela Cyber, alongside a highly qualified team of Cyber Security professionals.
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.
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.
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.
Carey is the Cyber Security Operations team lead at the Riela Group of Companies.
He has a wealth of infrastructure and cyber security experience across the medical, financial, retail, and telecom sectors. In addition he has a strong entrepreneurial spirit which is an asset in bridging the divide between technical and business.
Carey also holds numerous certifications in Microsoft, Cisco, Linux and the Cyber Security Disciplines. He has a passion for anything related to technology.
Saîd is a Cyber Engineer & Incident Response Lead in the Security Operations Centre team. Saîd brings his vast wealth of technical knowledge of security technologies to analyse and respond to security threats. After 13 years experience in Cybersecurity, focusing on Identity & Access Management, PKI, Incident Response and SIEM, Saîd is instrumental in helping formulate our strategic approach.
Saîd has a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering and specializes in Information Security with certifications in CEH, CCSK, and Splunk.
Joseph is a Cyber Security Engineer and Risk lead in the security operations centre team. Joseph is responsible for internal audit and cyber risk management, vulnerability assessment, threat hunting and penetration testing to provide effective oversight of internal and client risk postures.
Joseph brings 8 years’ experience in risk & cybersecurity research, focusing on web-based technologies, security awareness innovation, malware threats, reverse engineering and systems audit.
With a PhD in Computer Science and a penchant for security innovation, Joseph specialises in threat detection using an avalanche of industry tools, techniques and methodologies to efficiently mitigate known and emerging threats facing our high valued clients.
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.
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 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, 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”