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:

1. Physically Secure Your Set-Up

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.

2. Secure Your Files

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.

3. Connect Your Desktops & Mailboxes

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).

4. Monitor Potential Threats

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.

5. Stay Updated With the Latest Cyber News

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.

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

Infrastructure Engineer

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

Senior Network Engineer

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.

Alexandria halsall

Marketing Executive

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.