Superyacht Cyber Security

Why Is Superyacht Cyber Security Important?

We  are on a mission to install confidence in your on board cyber security.

Every vessel is unique and has their own cyber security requirements, so we work with you to understand the risk and attack surface to ensure you are delivered an effective cyber solution that works for you.

The reality of cyber attacks facing the maritime industry.


Malware Attacks

In the space of 1 year, malware attacks increased by 358%.
(AGA, 2023)

With heightened global tension due to politics and global events, cyber risk for UHNWIs is at an all time high.


Phishing Attacks

41% of attacks exploit phishing for initial access.
(IBM, 2022)

Phishing attacks through email are common in the yachting industry. With crew emails easy to guess and intercept.

9 in 10

Human Error

9 in 10 data breaches are a direct result of human error.
(CybSafe, 2019)

Crew are particularly vulnerable to human error and are key targets for cyber criminals.

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  • No obligation
  • Cyber risk assessment
  • Risk evaluation

New Crew/Skills Renewal?

  • Alert crew
  • Maintain accountability
  • Highlight responsibility

I Need Industry Compliance

  • Flag compliance
  • Legal compliance
  • Ethical standards

I'm Committed to Cyber

  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Real-time insights
  • Intuitive reports

Frequently Asked

In 2023, ransomware is a major threat facing superyachts. Without defence strategies, malicious actors can easily hijack a yacht’s infrastructure for their own financial benefit. Due to easily guessable email domain names (, cyber criminals are also drilling down on phishing campaigns so it is important to make your crew aware of the risk they face when operating online, particularly when receiving emails.

At Riela, we recommend practicing security drills like you would for any other emergency (e.g., fire on board) so that Crew are prepared and aware of what action to take. We offer contingency planning to help you understand where your risk lies to help you stay one step ahead.

24/7 external threat mitigation through a Security Operations Centre (SOC) offers a way to manage and react to risk around-the-clock. Where an ETO would be occupied and busy managing all infrastructre, 24/7 extrenal threat monitoring/mitigation through a SOC who monitor the vessel for anomalous activity/user behaviour is the only way to effectively manage risk. A SOC can be integrated with an ETO’s daily operations, or work standalone on the yacht. offers a way to manage risk. We can provide an intuitive dashboard to help you understand your risk with minimal technical input required.

The Electronic Technical Officer (ETO) maintains everything technical on board, including navigational equipment, internet, audio, radio and more. While there is some overlap in ensuring a yacht is cyber-compliant, the job description of an ETO does encompass cyber security or ongoing risk mitigation. We work with the ETO to ensure the vessel is fully protected from cyber threats.

Not Sure Where to Start?

No problem. Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your needs. Alternatively, learn more about superyacht  cyber security by visiting our cyber security blog.

The remote cyber risk assessment was convenient and well run by obviously knowledgeable people. It was a great initial step on our road to compliance.

Captain, M/Y 90M+

Riela Cyber Security for Superyachts

Crew Cyber Security Awareness Training


Did you know that human error is one of the largest causes of cyber attacks? Posting geotagged photos, clicking on a phishing link or using AI to draft a client email that includes confidential information are all easily-done but avoidable mistakes that can place an Owner and their guests in danger. Alongside technical controls, Crew must be made aware of their personal risk so that everyone on board can take responsibility for the yacht’s cyber security.

fewer security incidents caused by crew

Data has proven the effectiveness of security controls and awareness activities. It helps you take conscious control over your decisions.


Show the auditors, management and Directors of the owning company/family office that you’re reducing risk, cost-effectively.​

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Review people’s motivations and track their behaviours. See what this means for risk and security culture.​

Superyacht Risk Mitigation

Customise Your Bespoke Solution

Building a superyacht cyber security strategy is an extremely personal process. Our expert team will pick from our portfolio of services to build you a bespoke solution that fits the unique requirements of your vessel.

Maritime Industry Compliance


Cyber security in the maritime industry is a rapidly evolving field, meaning recommended guidance and legal compliance alike are always changing. We can help you understand how your vessel should and can comply, guiding you through the regulatory compliance process.


These two Unified Requirements (URs) on cyber safety provide minimum goal-based requirements for the cyber resilience of new ships and for the cyber security of onboard systems and equipment. In an increasingly connected and digitised maritime world, these URs represent a significant milestone in IACS’ work to deliver safer shipping in the face of continuously evolving technological developments.

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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

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”