We entered 2021 the same way we left 2020 in lockdown and with a Virtual Social!

To start 2021, we selected the E-Mentalist event with the help of Virtually Together, followed by a fun filled Pictionary session with lots of laughter hosted by Chris and Kanan Hall - thank you!! 

It was great to see everyone from Intrepid with their families joining in and the extended 'friends/guests' who have worked with Intrepid and Volunteered in the past - thank you!

Team 'Sales Force' won the Pictionary. Well done Dan Oreta, Alex, Michael and Alice....... All that is left to say is Team 'Trust me, I'm in IT'  - Lost! 

Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for 2021!

What a year it has been and Team Intrepid ended 2020 with the help of the brilliant 'Virtually Together' to organise a Christmas Escape Rooms evening with families.  It was good to see so many of the team wearing Christmas jumpers and getting festive.

Alex Preston and his team were the quickest to escape - WELL DONE!

Let's hope for Christmas 2021 we can all celebrate in person!

Back in February Intrepid's Golf Day was booked for June, however we weren't prepared for what was to follow in the coming months and a delay to the event. In May it was announced that golf courses could re-open so with a hope that clubs will eventually be open to non-members we booked the golf day for September and the day finally went ahead on Friday 4th September and what a great day it was. Compared to last years event, the rain held off and it wasn't too windy on the Downs for a good afternoon of golf.  There were still a few changes to the day due to Covid-19 guidelines but this didn't ruin the day. Thank you to those that attended regardless of this and lets welcome some normality back to the organisation for the 2021 Golf Day!  Well done to our Winner of the Cup, Greg White and to our winners of the Longest drive and Nearest the Pin.

Intrepid's Financial Services team draws upon its experience delivering high pressure projects to produce exceptional results in non-standard and unpredictable software development environments like those often seen in financial services. We’re comfortable delivering in work environments that can be complex (diverse systems and technology landscapes), aggressive (strict timelines), fluid (clients who don’t know necessarily what they want), and political (has various departments with different agendas and goals). We have a strong track record of success in all these difficult types of environments.

After 12 weeks of various virtual socials including gaming, poker and quizzes, Intrepid decided to hold a different social to get the whole team involved.  With thanks to Kate at Virtually Together https://virtually-together.co.uk/, we arranged a Murder Mystery evening. From the start the communication and organisation from Kate was excellent, followed by all the information received from the professional actors from www.blackwatchentertainment.co.uk. Intrepid Team and families were brilliant at getting fully into character.  Well done to Kanan as Cilla Bus for winning Best Character Performance and Joni as Heinrich Vin Osterhagen for winning Best Character Costume (with thanks to Alex Preston for providing the outfit!).  Hopefully we will be holding a social in person soon!

Intrepid are proud to have contributed to this initiative, Keep Calm and Carry on Learning, a community platform bringing together learners and teachers in this time of crisis.  Keep Calm and Carry On Learning aims to take the stress out of organising your home learning, helping you register for your favourite classes with friends and putting an invite in your calendar with a link to the virtual classroom ensuring you are in the right class, with the right people at the right time. Teachers can focus on teaching and learners focus on learning. Anyone willing, capable and approved can contribute.  It’s a fun, interactive, community environment enabling us all to rise to the challenge together while creating precious time for parents during this crisis.  Please share this with your social networks and let’s get everyone on-board to help as a community.

At Intrepid we are strong believers in the value of a team and therefore we weren't going to let the Coronavirus outbreak affect our March Social.  Now more than ever, with everyone working remotely we need to maintain communications and not just through work but with some fun!  So, it was turn the webcams on, see your colleagues and relax.  It was so good to catch up with everyone in the team, we have decided to make these socials weekly until we are able to meet in person again. Let's hope it will be sooner rather than later.

Intrepid Feb Social

The Intrepid team are back on the social scene!  We started our monthly 2020 socials off with a Poker night in January and for February we headed down to Puttshack in Bank after some pizza and drinks.   A great opportunity for the team to get together. Watch this space for the next social update!

The Intrepid Team were challenged in our most recent social event to climb the O2 Academy in North Greenwich, London introducing some of our newer additions to Intrepid. As the team grows, these monthly socials are an important part of life at Intrepid, ensuring new members are able to build rapport with the rest of the team. The team often work away on client sites or remotely during the week and so these regular meet-ups allow the team to collaborate effectively, improving communication and productivity. Past events have included Poker nights, Ping Pong bars and Escape Rooms.

Intrepid have successfully resolved over 10,000 tickets through our Intrepid Service Desk which provides a SLA backed, cloud based IT support, service desk, Infrastructure solutions and planning. Since launching the service 2 years ago Intrepid have onboarded a variety of clients including a branch office of a large multinational bank, an educational institution and several technology start ups. The types of tickets resolved include incident resolutions, infrastructure change requests and user support.

If you browse online you for sure must have come access banners and articles about GDPR. Let us break down quickly to what it actually is: GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation – it’s a European Union driven initiative that will define how are you to deal with data related to EU citizens. The regulation will come into force on 25th of May 2018.

A CPU level flaw has been highlighted by Google Project Zero that affects many of the devices that we all use every day. Without going into all the technical detail (as it's still emerging) we wanted to put together checklist to help you tell if you are vulnerable and how to patch your system or application if you are. The vulnerability can be exploited by an application on your system or a webpage loaded in your browser, so the attack surface is significant.

Our article contains a checklist to see if you are protected on the most common devices and platforms.