UK boosts cybersecurity skills through McAfee revamp of WW2 codebreaker site Bletchley Park

Defence & WarBritain’s cyber defences received a boost this morning, with the announcement of a new five year collaborative effort to transform heritage site Bletchley Park and develop it as a centre for educational excellence. Security giant McAfee will sponsor an international Cyber Security Exhibition and Computer Learning Zone, which will be located in a block of Bletchley Park which has sat derelict for decades, and will reopen as a new Visitor Centre after restoration.

Commenting on the announcement, Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, said, “The Codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War Two battled against the very real threat of invasion.”

“Today, when we live so much of our lives online, it is vital to understand how best to remain safe in the digital world.  Our strategic partnership with McAfee is a fitting tribute to the pioneering men and women who helped to shorten World War Two.”

Workshops will be run at the new Computer Learning Zone to engage, inspire and educate visitors about the ever-evolving cyber threat. Children and adults alike will learn how the breathtaking achievements of the World War Two Codebreakers remain relevant today.

The issue of the UK’s cyber skills shortage was recently raised by Minister for Security, James Brokenshire, who announced an initiative to promote greater awareness of online threats and simple steps for the UK to become more “cyber savvy”.

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