Apologies for my somewhat “snarky” previous post (my new favourite word) - we have had an interesting few days getting ready for the Command Board that took place this morning (more on that in a sec). I have read all of the comments above and I am listening as appropriate.
Key points from my side:
If cadets don’t bother themselves to check Cadet Portal, they will miss out on the chance to receive information and find out about the latest and greatest away from the Squadron environment. I am confident that most Squadrons are very good at keeping their cadets informed, but this isn’t always the case and we are trying to provide you with an approved, sanctioned and official mechanism to communicate with the cadet en masse without the need for social media platforms, email and other forms of communication outside of the organisations control;
I would argue that Cadet Portal actually enhances cadets data security for all of the reasons raised above including the RFCA contractor/ACF case studies. The only data that cadets see about other cadets is their rank and name on the list of returns, so as far as the Data Protection Act (2018) (which includes the GDPR provisions within it), there are no issues as a rank/name is not classified as PII. And, as many of you have stated, this is already being done via the notice on the wall…
We are not trying to create a virtual cadet force and I personally think this argument is nonsense. We are just providing a fair and transparent way to access information.
Yes, Cadet Portal will require SMS to be better maintained and up to date in line with the existing policy - the pressure to achieve that is just going to be coming from a different direction/source i.e. the cadets themselves. If you want to argue the point about the policy, feel free to raise it as a concern with RCN on the VoV threads on SharePoint.
As someone pointed out, Cadet Portal is not the data source, SMS is - so if it is on SMS, it can be presented to the cadet through Cadet Portal
The Cadet Portal agenda item at Command Board took place this morning at 0900-1000 hrs.
We had VDT members in attendance via Skype and the guys were in Northumberland, Sussex, Tyne and Wear and Norway. I delivered the presentation and live demonstration to the Board via the Bader guys computer (i.e. I was controlling their PC) that they shared via Bader Skype for Business.
Firstly, I can say with some authority that this is the first time volunteers have attended the Command Board in this way using the technology available through the Bader platform - and in fairness, it all worked. So that’s a brand new live system (on our Pre-Prod site on the Bader infrastructure) being demonstrated to senior staff via Skype for Business! I was impressed anyway!
The reception was extremely positive and there were excellent questions from the various Regional Commandants, COS and Comdt RAFAC throughout the demonstration. We have permission to carry on with Beta and then a Corps-wide deployment pending any corrective action from the MOD/RAF security and pen testing that needs to happen.
We still have quite a lot of development to do for MVP and we will be working on that. We produced an MVP Constitution at the outset of the project which is essentially our “promise” of what we were looking to build into the initial release. I need to review that and then assign tasks to the developers (I would point out that I am not a developer, but the VDT Lead - I couldn’t code my way out of a paper bag!!) as appropriate.
We need to prep for pen/sec testing and then implement any changes they require. Oh and my wife is due to give birth to our second in the next couple of weeks, so I need to get this demo video finished and approved so I can cut the number of demos down and keep you all informed on where we are. I will get some time to work on that today
So, apologies once again if I came over as obtuse, that wasn’t the intention, it has just been a stressful week!