Jillian Bullock, LinkedIn Ninja

Master Sensei – LinkedIn Consultant and Trainer since 2009

Jillian has been the only LinkedIn trainer in the Southern Hemisphere to be recognised as an ‘Independent LinkedIn Expert’ by LinkedIn HQ in USA in 2017. Only 12 trainers worldwide have been recognised up until this point.

Grab your nun chucks and let’s outsmart your competition!

With 25 years of marketing and social media management it became clear to Jillian Bullock that LinkedIn is the only solution that kicks butt for  service-based B2B clients.

Considered to be the Black Belt of LinkedIn training, Jillian studied this one social media platform for a full 12 months in order to gain her LinkedIn Ninja Certified status. As Australia’s only accredited LinkedIn Ninja, Jillian and her Ninja team are armed with the ammo to show you how to make LinkedIn work hard and get you to the top of your game.

Combining her specialised knowledge and a knack for thinking outside the box, Jillian’s skills workshops, in-house customised training programs and 1:1 consulting programs are conducted monthly in Sydney and quarterly throughout Australia.

From employees and team leaders to time-poor executives and CEOs, Jillian and her Ninja team fight their way through the guff and show you how to beat networkers and top influencers at their own game.

We invite you to come along and join the growing number of businesses benefiting from the LinkedIn Ninja Down Under experience.

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Jason Elias, Elias Recruitment

Jason has over 21 years experience in finding the top legal talent in Australia for law firms, not-for-profits, government and inhouse legal teams.  As the founder and CEO of Elias Recruitment, he is passionate about finding quality matches in the legal professional space.
Elias Recruitment is one of Australia’s most trusted legal recruitment brands. Since 2000 we have helped over 600 lawyers around Australia find great career opportunities and assisted clients finding quality legal professionals they could not source themselves.
★ Specialist Areas: • Legal Recruitment • Partner Search • Executive Search • Legal Search & Selection.
Jason helps law firms and in-house legal teams, find, attract and recruit exceptional partners and employed solicitors using:
  • Unique sourcing strategies including our proprietary database of over 12,000 lawyers;
  • Cutting edge research, traditional and social sourcing techniques to reach hard to find candidates;
  • A network of over 400 partner recruiters and their databases and contacts.
Organisations we have recently helped to recruit top lawyers include major law firms through to boutique legal practices, In-house legal departments (e.g. IT, Telco, Medical Devices), Aboriginal Land Councils, Educational Institutions, Community Legal Centres and Barristers’ Chambers.
In his spare time Jason is Chair-Elect of NPAworldwide, Chair of the NSW RCSA Council and is busy juggling work, 3 kids, a dog and a very patient wife.

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CPD for Me – Now available via Microsoft Teams

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the CPD for Me Teams Library with access to over 100 leading Australian Barristers, Accredited Specialists and Legal Industry experts exclusive professional development and handouts all specifically tailored for law firms and lawyers is available via Microsoft Teams!

We have listened to Firm’s requests to be able […]

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William Attoh, Legal Made Easy

After graduating top of his class with Honours, despite working full time whilst studying full time, William Attoh worked under some of the most astute Judges in Australia, as Researcher to the NSW Court of Appeal.

Before starting his own practice, Will also worked for the likes of Australian Business Lawyers, Law Access NSW, Michael Vassili […]

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Stephen Barnes, Byronvale Advisors

Stephen Barnes is business turnaround and recovery specialist, Board advisor and the principal of management consultancy Byronvale Advisors.  He has over 25 years advising clients from new business start-ups to publicly listed companies and across a wide array of industries.  He is a crisis manager that prides himself on quickly understanding the client’s business and issues and developing pragmatic solutions to complex problems.  He is also the author of ‘Run Your Business Better’.  To find out how Stephen can help you run your business better and quickly improve your business performance visit www.byronvaleadvisors.com.

As an experienced company executive, business strategist and board advisor with extensive experience in governance, board advisory and strategy for both corporate and not-for profit entities. I have successfully partnered with Boards, Executives and team members to formulate business strategies and operational plans, resolve business and organisational issues and develop pragmatic solutions. Throughout my career, I have fostered a keen ability to build operational efficiency, develop sustainable profitability, which ultimately has resulted in overall growth.

In my previous roles, I have been charged with managing multimillion dollar budgets, conducting complex business turnarounds and implemented organization wide systems. I have also gained broad industry experience in management consulting, property, financial services, manufacturing and distribution, IT, electricity, steel and energy, sports, and not-for-profits.

Author of ‘Run Your Business Better’.

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Gavin Adkins, Griffith Hack

With experience as a prosecuting patent attorney and a technical background in chemistry, Gavin’s practice now centres around IP litigation and commercial legal advice. Gavin’s aim is to come to grips with the technology, commercial landscape and legal challenges quickly and move on to providing pragmatic and candid advice.

In his previous roles and during his […]

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Jeremy Streten – SMS Law

Jeremy Streten is a successful entrepreneur and lawyer applying his passion and experience to help entrepreneurs and small to medium sized business owners to succeed in their business so that they can live the life that they want to live.

With a 16 year legal background as a business lawyer and 8 of those years as a business owner, Jeremy has learnt a thing or two about business.

Jeremy has appeared on various television shows, podcasts and radio interviews. He also provides regular content for websites across Australia.

If you wish to contact Jeremy please email him at jeremy@jeremystreten.com or call him on 0467483444.

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CPD for Me Security Incident December 2018

“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 25th August 2020

CPD for Me website crashed on the 19th January 2019 where it had to be rolled back.  This occurred again in mid February 2019 with further investigations discovering an internal MidCoastDigital cyber attack with Envato account being accessed with username and passwords changed. where CPD for Me and DentistsCPD website theme and code was stolen which caused website code errors and automated process to cease.

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 CPD for Me account being compromised.  The current website is working in Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge and Safari. Some subscriber accounts have had LogCPD issues.  Please advise any LogCPD or code errors appearing on any page so they can be rectified.

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

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 believe CPD for Me processes were not the cause of this breach and we have taken action to ensure and establish a dedicated hosted secure platform (again) for subscribers to access content and LogCPD to complete online CPD requirements. We are currently completing user testing on our new website which we commence beta testing late September 2020.

We have been working with Frank Downes, Juris IT, online platforms, cyber security experts, lawyers and Police and Cyber Crime Fraud Investigation.

Following an investigation with Juris IT, cyber security experts, we now have a better understanding of the impact of our 2018 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, former client files and to cease automation.

Our first response was to:

  1. Secure cpdforme.com.au website and data
  2. Secure Envato Account
  3. Go on with the show – CPD-LIVE 2019 March Webinars which were conducted 7 days a week
  4. Contact (former) employee IT support staff on holidays who did not return to work or resign after holidays;
  5. Contact (former) MidcoastDigital client DentistsCPD who stated they believe we had an employee issue;
  6. Notify Police;
  7. Run audit and user reports;
  8. Update Lastpass user accounts and passwords;
  9. Contact Telstra and lock down Microsoft 365 Account;
  10. Contact Telstra and change WiFi password (replaced modem);
  11. Transferred CPD for Me to another dedicated server;
  12. Rolled back CPD for Me website from December 2018 backup;
  13. Advised subscribers to update email preferences;
  14. Published 2017-18 CPD for Me on-demand content only 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”);
  15. Obtain legal advice

What did the attacker do?

  • 27th & 29th December 2018 accessed cPanel and audit reports clearly show IP address of former employee modifying websites and transferred former client website;
  • 30th December 2018 accessed LastPass Account and IP address of former employee exporting company and personal passwords;
  • 13th January 2019 an intruder accessed our Microsoft 365 Administration Account and set up inbox rules to cease email notifications of changes to key services;
  • 13th January 2019 intruder 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.
  • May 2020 Development website which was lost in initial attack became active and activated our plugins which ceased current website automation (again).

Our investigations continue with this deliberate attack with police and cyber crime fraud unit. 

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 and desktop;
  • Reset all other computers and devices back to factory settings;
  • Previous Telstra Microsoft Office 365 account locked
  • Purchased new mobile; and
  • Automate website and process again while we develop our new website.

Here’s what CPD for Me are currently doing:

  • Hired new team and completed integrity testing on all employees;
  • Implemented Juris IT Microsoft 365 Account with Azure P1 added device security protection;
  • Developing 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 and paying experts who opt in to receive shared revenue;
  • 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

  • We are proceeding with legal counsel, as stealing trade secrets and intellectual property is a crime. Trust is not a business strategy and conduct regular audit reports of online activities.

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 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, Brandon and Jack – thank you for your time and efforts. 

This has been a personal attack at me and my family by a disgruntled employee.  I am deeply sorry that this has happened.  As a small business owner you depend on your team to do the right thing.  It has been so sad to speak with several subscribers who have also faced similar issues with staff or have 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 in 2020.  I am so thankful for his assistance, guidance and support assisting me to effectively lock down our systems from further attacks.

“Cyber Security is No 1 must watch CPD in 2020 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.

Applications open now for firms, schools and students.
#SAKT (Support Australian Kids Too)
2020 Year 10 – 12 Remote Digital Media & Legal Studies Work Experience Program
Organised by MidCoast Digital (Social Media | Video Production)

Previously referred 2016-2019 as #SOYT (Support Our Youth Too)
Our Youth Our Future however students felt #SAKT was more appropriate for how they felt

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 as I thought I was assisting a friend develop his start up business yet was betrayed by two people I trusted.

2019-20 content produced is our very best from award winning experts and viewed by over 3500+ firms including international and tier 1 subscribers worldwide.

If you have any comments, suggestions further questions, please email me paula@cpdforme.com.au

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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Peter Ferraro

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Peter Ferraro brings a decade of experience as a solicitor, specialising in employment and industrial law to his clients. Peter strive to provide real-world, legal solutions to corporate clients of any size and need. He strongly prioritises prevention over cure, and has built his practice by consistently giving clients the advice necessary to […]

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Excel Templates

Jane Ritchard, Wotton + Kearney offers subscribers FREE easy to use excel templates including sample Profit and Loss, Revenue Budget, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Budget available when watching Understanding your numbers and No Nonsense Business Plans Seminars.

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Subscribers receive Ideal Client and Self Assessment of your Practice Client and Referrer Marketing one page forms after watching Effective marketing by building relationships with existing clients and referral sources.

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Subscribers receive 1 FREE DiSC Report (valued at $265), HR Audit Report or 50% off STAR Workplace Report after watching Ways to Increase the Productivity of your Staff.

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