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CPD for Me Security Incident

January Incident Status Update

“There are only two types of companies: Those that have been hacked and those that will be hacked.”  Robert S. Mueller, III, Director FBI made this famous quote but almost by the time he made the quote it was out of date – it should be ‘There are only two types of companies: Those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they have been hacked.” read more from Stephen Barnes, Byronvale Advisors

Page Updated 29th August 2019

We apologise for the ongoing technical issues relating to CPD for Me subscriber My Account pages and thank you for your patience and ongoing support.

We discovered a cyber attack on 19th January 2019 when CPD for Me platform crashed and CPD for Me website theme and code caused the website to crash.

We believe our processes were not the cause of this breach and we have taken action to ensure and establish a dedicated hosted secure platform for subscribers to access LogCPD and complete their online CPD requirements.

CPD for Me do not store or save financial data or subscriber passwords.  We use PayPal and Stripe, both of which are secure third party payment gateways.  

We have not had one report of a subscriber account being compromised.  The website appears to be working in Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge and Safari. Some subscriber accounts have had LogCPD issues.  Some website pages still have code errors due to ongoing code issues.

We continue to support web chat and you can also email support@cpdforme.com.au or schedule a 15 minute chat.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Our dedicated server hosting plan means that our websites are the only sites hosted on our server with limited access by authorised staff.  Cyber security has always been a priority.

We have been working with Juris IT, online platforms, cyber security experts, lawyers and authorities, such as the Police to protect and secured company assets and subscriber data.

Following an investigation with Juris IT, cyber security experts, we now have a better understanding of the impact of our recent cyber attack and want to provide as much context as we can to subscribers as it appears the intruder/s specifically targeted the removal of company assets.

Our first response was to:

  1. Secure cpdforme.com.au website and data
  2. Go on with the show – 21 experts – CPD-LIVE March Webinars (Monday to Friday)
  3. Contact (former) employee IT support staff on holidays;
  4. Notify Police;
  5. Run user reports and history searches;
  6. Update Lastpass user accounts and passwords;
  7. Contact Telstra and lock down Microsoft 365 Account;
  8. Contact Telstra and change WiFi password (replace modem);
  9. Transferred CPD for Me to a new dedicated server;
  10. Rolled back CPD for Me website from December 2018 backup;
  11. Advised subscribers to update email preferences;
  12. Published 2017-18 CPD for Me on-demand content via Go1 Premium Platform to ensure continuity and availability (Large corporates and international firms)
    (CLICK TO ARTICLE  >> “CPD for Me is the provider Go1 clients seeking legal updates asked for”);

THANK YOU for supporting CPD for Me 2019 experts, 33 hours of exclusive CPD recorded webinars available via on-demand, mp4 & vimeo link (Preview CPD – Practice Mgt, Skills, Auslaw, Ethics):

Thank you to Dr Suresh Hungenahally and Frank Downes – CPD-LIVE 2019 cyber experts for your invaluable guidance. (Your CPD sessions are on my Must Watch List).

What did the attacker do?

  • 27th & 30th December 2018 accessed cPanel and modified websites and transferred former client website;
  • 30th December 2018 accessed LastPass Account and exported company and personal passwords;
  • 13th January 2019 accessed our Microsoft 365 Administration Account and set up inbox rules to cease email notifications of changes to key services;
  • 13th January 2019 – hacked our Website account and launched denial of service attack on CPD for Me;
  • 14th February 2019 accessed Slack account, one of our internal communications system accessed; and
  • Online Marketing Video Account was deleted and we lost 2017 – 2019 marketing and promo videos.

Our investigations continue with further audit reports when they become available.

What has CPD for Me done about it?

Ongoing investigations and legal counsel sought as we continue to invest heavily in security.

Our first priority was, and is still, to protect company assets and subscribers data.

  • Created a new Lastpass account and changed passwords again;
  • Adopted two step verification on sign-in with online accounts;
  • Created notifications for any account accessed or changed;
  • Installed a new modem;
  • Purchased new laptop;
  • Reset all other computers and devices back to factory settings;
  • Previous Telstra Microsoft Office 365 account locked;
  • Latest new in September subscriber and eNews Alerts; and
  • Purchased new mobile.

Here’s what CPD for Me are currently doing:

  • Implementing Juris IT Microsoft 365 Account with Azure added device security protection;
  • Reviewing options for a new simple and easy to use website – subscribe, click, watch & LogCPD;
  • Notifying our users: We want our subscribers to know that we do not store user passwords or any financial data. We use PayPal, a secure third party for all financial transactions;
  • Completing speaker reports;
  • Report pages with errors due to ongoing code errors please advise us via web chat or email;
  • As a precaution, we’re encouraging everyone to be wary of suspicious emails. Attackers often use creative methods to trick you into handing over your personal information. If you do receive any emails that you believe are suspicious, do not click on them and do not respond. We encourage you to flag them with your email provider;
  • Use a password manager: We recommend you use a password manager such as Lastpass or Google Chrome to generate and remember a unique, secure password for each site you use; and
  • Prompting users to change passwords: We ask all users to reset their passwords set before the attack to change them.

A final word from Paula

  • Currently seeking fixed fee or no win, no fee legal counsel

33 exclusive CPD-LIVE 2019 1 hour sessions are available via:

Thank you to our speakers and subscribers for their continued patience and support. I would like to thank Automation Agency, who have been our away team since 2016.  Their invaluable assistance to protect and move our websites so quickly to a new dedicated server truly was a blessing.  Their quick response to this cyber threat allowed us to transact in a safe and secure environment.

I would like to also thank our Australian team who assisted us to keep the doors open and publish CPD-LIVE 2019 content  which included Bronwyn Pott who has been with me from the start in 2013 and Barbara, Luke, Jacob, Tracey, Frank, Sharn, Kate, Veronica, Hannah, Abel and Jack – thank you for your time and efforts.

I am deeply sorry that this has happened. It has been so sad to speak with several subscribers who have also been hacked.  I was alarmed to hear all their stories which included some lawyers closing down their practices.  Others are limping along and just trying to keep their doors open and recover.  Some of the cyber security incidents included staff walking out with precedents on USB, staff clicking on dodgy emails which resulted in trust funds being stolen ($200k to $13 million), viruses and devices being wiped with ransomware.

Everyone at CPD for Me has been on the receiving end of updates like this, and at a personal level we know how upsetting and downright devastating it can be. We want to rebuild and regain the trust you have given us, and will work hard to earn it.

That is why I have introduced the Cyber Security Series with Frank Downes and Dr Suresh Hungenahally.  I am so thankful for all their assistance, guidance and support this year assisting me to effectively lock down our systems from further attacks.

“Cyber Security is No 1 must watch CPD in 2019 to make sure principals protect and secure their firm assets and intellectual property.” ~ Paula Gilmour

On a good note I have not had the opportunity to promote our students being a viable alternative to offshoring your marketing, social media and video productions.

2020 Year 10 – 12 Remote Digital Work Experience Program
Organised by MidCoast Digital (Social Media | Video Production)

Previously referred to as #SOYT (Support Our Youth Too)
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If you have any comments, suggestions further questions, please email me paula@cpdforme.com.au

I continue to have patience and faith, I trust you will too.  My motto is simplify, automate with no more than 4 intuitive steps. This year has been so bitter sweet, heartbreaking on both a professional and personal level.

2019 content produced is our very best to date from award winning experts and viewed by over 1500+ firms including international and tier 1 subscribers worldwide.

My best

Paula Gilmour
Click here to schedule 15 minute chat to discuss

* I am eternally grateful for my family love and support.

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Julian Siggins | Victorian Bar

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Julian Siggins signed the Victorian Bar roll in 2011, and specialises in Criminal law and Equity matters.

Julian conducts defences in all types of criminal matters and has experience in cases involving sexual assault, conspiracy, corporate fraud, tax fraud, and drug offences. He is a current holder of an Indictable Crimes Certificate (ICC) from the Victorian Bar.

Julian also practices in Equity and Defamation matters with a focus upon the application of equitable remedies and defences in the areas of Trusts and Succession law.   He has appeared in matters involving the contest of Wills, Claims for provision from a deceased’s estate and Family Law matters involving the distribution of property, third-party loans and large trust structures.

Julian is a past contributor to LexisNexis online and has published articles on:

  • Wills & Probate
  • Succession – Family Provision;
  • Equitable Remedies;
  • Injunctions; and
  • Fraud & Misrepresentation (Cth).

Julian is also a past contributing author to  Annotated Criminal Legislation Victoria 2013 published by Bourke’s Criminal Law Victoria.


  • LLB; Grad Dip Legal Prac

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Linden Barnes | NSW Law Society

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Dr Suresh Hungenahally | Cyber Security Expert

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Dr. Suresh Hungenahally is an experienced IT executive and proven leader with 20 years of experience in senior roles both in the public and private sector. He has delivered business and technology value add by aligning IT and business goals and outcomes.

As an ex-CIO and CTO he has experience managing multiple simultaneous projects with varying degrees of complexity and interdependent priorities and deliverables. He possesses a sound understanding of both IT and business operations. He has conducted architecture and systems audits at all levels – Enterprise, Systems, Application, integration, code and infrastructure for large corporations including, Telstra, Toll Holdings, National Australia Bank, Department of Defence, ATO, Victorian Govt. Qld Govt, Brisbane City council and Tarong Energy.

Monash University Project Manager Business Intelligence Project
Value Chain International General manager Global customer Services
Capgemini Senior Manager, Project Manager and Chief Enterprise Architect
Alinta Limited Strategist and Principal Architect
National Australia Bank Global Compliance Solution Basel
Telstra Corporation Architect Commercial Vendor and Transition Manager
KPMG Consulting Practice manager EAI AAD
Toll Holdings Senior Business and systems
HCI Chief Executive Officer/Principal
Traffion Technologies Chief Technology Officer
Cendant Australasia Chief Information Officer
Brisbane City Council Principal Planner IT
Tarong energy Queensland Government IT Architect
Griffith University Senior Consultant Asst. Professor – Director (SRL, SSAT labs)

PhD Information & Communication Technologies Griffith University. Australia 1997 MSc Electrical & Biomedical Engineering University of Saskatchewan. Canada 1988 BE Electronic and Communication Engineering Bangalore University. India 1984 Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Griffith University. Australia 1994

Specialties:Telecommunications, Transport-logistics, Education, IT, Utilities, Defence, Financial Services and Government

IT Governance, auditing, compliance and analysis
Strategic and effective IT management
IT investment analysis and risk management
Shareholder and Stakeholder Value add by Business-IT alignment
IT sourcing, IT value add, relentless delivery and cost-cutting
Chief Information and Technology Officer
Strategic IT planning and implementation Solution architecture

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Fiona has 15 years experience in the training and industry, helping staff at all levels of an organisation be more effective and productive in their roles! She has a unique approach to managing time, managing email and using technology to be more effective.

Renowned for being an inspiring speaker and trainer, Fiona shares her personal insights and experience to help others, whether it’s with practical advice or shared wisdom. With every presentation and training session, Fiona aims to ensure her audience takes away useful insights, inspiration and tips that will help them succeed in their career or business.

Fiona is particularly passionate about giving people back their life and finding balance!

At Productive, Fiona manages a highly engaging team of corporate trainers and consultants offering high quality professional development programs and sessions to help people work smarter not harder.

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Philip provides commercial litigation, employment and workplace relations legal advice to our […]

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Richard […]

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John provides advice concerning policy interpretation across all insurance areas.

Within our Insurance group John leads the Recoveries team and co-leads the Litigation group. […]

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