On Friday 12th February Riela Cyber are hosting a virtual event for local businesses on the Isle of Man. 

Together with the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA) and the Department for Enterprise (DfE), we will be sharing everything you need to know about the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Cyber Essentials certification and the financial support available to local businesses.

We plan to host a series of online and in-person events throughout 2021. As this is our first event, we will offer one attendee the chance to have their Cyber Essentials assessment completed for FREE, worth £300 (ex. VAT). T&C apply. 

Why Is The Event Just For Isle of Man Businesses?

We, Riela Cyber, are proud to have our headquarters located in Ballasalla. At the time of writing, over 90% of our employees live on the island and work from our Euromanx House office. Naturally, we have a vested interest in the cyber security and resilience of the local community. 

In line with the Manx National Security Strategy, the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA) and the Department for Enterprise have showcased how the Business Improvement Scheme (BIS) can be used for cyber security projects, inclusive of the Cyber Essentials certification. The scheme offers a 50% grant up to a maximum of £5,000. 

The Cyber Essentials Event Agenda

Event speakers will cover the following talking points: 

  • What is the Cyber Essentials certification?
  • How do you become Cyber Essentials certified?
  • The benefits of Cyber Essentials
  • Isle of Man Cyber Security Update – led by Alan Chambers from the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA)
  • How to use the Business Improvement Scheme (BIS) grant to invest in improving the cyber security of your business (Isle of Man businesses only) – led by Susan Lawlor of the Department for Enterprise
  • Who is Riela Cyber? 

After the presentation, there will be the ability to network with all speakers and other attendees via the virtual tables. In place of a typical Q&A session, the Airmeet platform enables you to ask your questions directly over video-enabled, table discussions, as well as discuss the wider subject of cyber security with other attendees. 

Why a Virtual Event?

The Isle of Man is fortunate enough to have successfully surpassed the circuit break lockdown. However, as a company built on technological advancements, we wanted to take this opportunity to make the event accessible from your desk, whether you are working from home or in the office. 

The event will be taking place on the Airmeet platform, which, in our opinion, provides an experience most akin to an in-person event. 

Attendees will receive the most important information about Cyber Essentials during the 30-minute presentation. Afterwards, all speakers and attendees can begin ‘Networking in Cyber Space’, available for up to 1-hour.

REMEMBER: Test your microphone and video connection beforehand to make sure you don’t miss the networking opportunity. We recommend you join the Airmeet event using a desktop or laptop with a stable internet connection using Google Chrome. Airmeet is not compatible with mobile or tablet devices.


  • Only one attendee from the event is eligible for the FREE Cyber Essentials assessment. 
  • The attendee will be selected, at random, using an online tool.
  • The winner must complete their assessment before March 31st.
  • Advice prior to the assessment will be provided by Riela Cyber to assist the winner and their company with passing the certification.
  • If the winner fails the assessment on the first attempt, a re-assessment fee will apply.
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.

Tim Bliss

Tim Bliss


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”