What is a Phishing Attack?

Phishing is a form of social engineering attack, used to steal data including login credentials and financial information from users. In order for this to work successfully, the attacker will often disguise themselves as a trusted entity, such as a known supplier or employee within an organisation, duping the victim into opening an email, and subsequently clicking on a malicious link. Clicking these links can result in a host of problems– revealing sensitive information, freezing the system entirely as part of a ransomware attack, or installing malicious software in the background.

Why Email Phishing Scams?

Although phishing can be used to describe scams in the form of texting, social media and phone calls, it most commonly refers to email scams (due to the sheer quantity and frequency of this type of attack).

Email phishing is purely a numbers game – the attacker will often send out thousands or tens of thousands of identical fraudulent emails, which can net a significant amount of information or money from victims. The attacker only needs a small percentage of recipients to fall for the phishing attack, and these methods are becoming increasingly deceptive to improve their success rate.

A common technique that’s used is creating a sense of urgency, for example, the email could threaten the recipient with an expiration date, illustrating the consequence if they weren’t to respond quickly enough – applying such pressure often causes the user to become less diligent and more prone to error.

Attackers go to great lengths in designing these emails so that they replicate actual emails from a spoofed organisation. They do this by using the same phrasing, typefaces, logos and signatures to make the email appear legitimate – this is becoming increasingly harder to detect, and so being knowledgeable about how to protect yourself is vital in keeping your data secure and away from the wrong people.

What to Do if You Fall Victim

Falling victim to a phishing attack or email scam can genuinely happen to anyone, and it’s a frightening concept that will often cause considerable worry or panic to an individual. If you fall victim to an email scam, it’s vital you act quickly to protect yourself against identity theft. Here are the important steps you should take:

1. Change Your Passwords Immediately

Passwords are the defence mechanism which you can easily take control of. If you feel you may have clicked on a dodgy link, don’t wait until you start to see signs of a breach before you take action. When resetting your password, listen to password security advice. Creating passwords made up of letters, numbers and symbols will make them harder for hackers to crack them. In addition, enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible will give you that next layer protection.

2. Contact Your Bank

If you were to have given away your credit card details, be sure to contact the company with haste, and alert them to the situation. Your card might not have been used yet, but if you have exposed credit card data, this can easily be sold on the dark web to customers looking to take advantage.

3. Update Your Software

Ensure all of your software packages are up to date and that you run a full virus scan on your computer, using whichever antivirus you have installed. Get into the habit of encrypting sensitive files, and ensuring all of your personal data is backed up on external hardware or to the cloud  (not stored on the local machine). 

If after you have taken these steps and you are still concerned, please do not hesitate to contact our team for further advice.

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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

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

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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”