Telford Crisis Support Appeal

In the build up to Christmas, Lorraine Page (Business Centre Coordinator) arranged a donation drive at the e-Innovation and ‘Business and Technology’ Centres for the TCS (Telford Crisis Support) Foodbank.

They focused on toiletries and essentials as these items are rarely donated in bulk to the Fooodbank, but are always in demand.

In total, 24 trays of essentials, such as toothpaste, shower gels, soaps and beauty products were donated to boost TCS’s stocks and help towards its mission that no one need go without the basic essentials to keep themselves and their families sheltered, fed, clean, clothed and warm.

TCS thanked Lorraine and all the companies that took part and made a contribution.

Remembrance Day

What is it?

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day marks the end of World War 1 at 11am on the 11th of November 1918. This day was created in memory of the many who have lost their lives in war – not just during WW1 but WW2, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On this day since 1919, a two minute silence is held across the nation so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead” – King George V.

Inspired by the fields of poppies that grew where many of the battles were fought, poppies are worn by millions as a symbol to remember all of the people who have given their lives for their country in war.

Red: The red poppy is the most famous symbol, used to commemorate those who made the sacrifice

Purple: Worn by those that feel the services of animals like horses, dogs and pigeons etc drafted into the war should be seen as equal to that of human service.

Black: Commonly associated with the commemoration of black, African and Caribbean communities’ contribution to the war effort as servicemen, servicewomen, and as civilians.

White: The white poppy is handed out by a charity called Peace Pledge Union, which promotes peace; they say that the white poppy commemorates people who died in conflict, but focuses on achieving peace and challenging the way we look at war.

Poppies are available for purchase at the reception throughout the week, be sure to purchase one on your way in, and don’t forget to hold your two minute silence in remembrance of our soldiers. A two minute silence will also be held in the hospitality area for those who would like to join.

HowToMoodle Awarded Cyber Security Accolade

HowToMoodle have announced that they have achieved a ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’ certification.

The eIC company are UK Moodle and Totara Learn learning management system experts, providing specialist services to help organisations of all sizes and across a variety of sectors.The Cyber Essentials scheme, backed by the National Cyber Security Centre, addresses the most common Internet-based threats to cyber security, which include hacking, phishing and password guessing.

The certification is awarded to companies who meet their strict security standards, which include use of firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, malware protection and patch management.

While the Cyber Essentials tier 1 certification can be achieved via a self-certification, at HowToMoodle they have gone further in acquiring the Cyber Essentials Plus tier 2 certification; an impressive accolade that required the HowToMoodle team to participate in a rigorous procedure to demonstrate security processes for both their internal infrastructure and wide area networks.

The team prepared for an external audit by an independent accreditation body. This included internal desktop and server security testing with externally facing vulnerability testing. HowToMoodle also have an ongoing commitment to ensuring the best possible security processes are in place, including regular security testing of all services.

This Cyber Essentials Plus certification has ensured that HowToMoodle protects the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data stored on any devices that connect to the Internet.

HowToMoodle’s Infrastructure Manager, Paul Flanders commented on what this will do for their clients: “This is great news for us and our clients. In addition to the ISO 27001 data centres we use for client hosting, Cyber Essentials Plus certification of our operations network demonstrates that we’re serious about information security across all aspects of our business. We’re delighted that our strict security procedures have been acknowledged with the Cyber Essentials Plus certification.”