Bletchley Park teams with McAfee for new cybersecurity learning zone

Bletchley Park, the headquarters of the UK's codebreakers during the World War Two and the "birthplace of modern computing", has teamed up with McAfee to develop a cyber security exhibition and online safety programme aimed at children.

Currently under extensive restoration, Bletchley Park, where Alan Turning created the first computer to break the Nazi Enigma codes, will launch the educational centre next year.

The partnership between cybersecurity leaders McAfee and the trust which owns the site will last five years and hopes to host 16,000 children a year to the learning zone.

Once restoration is complete, Bletchley Park Trust expects to attract a quarter of a million visitors per year to the site, which is located near Milton Keynes.

The trust is aiming to have the work completed by next June, in time for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the success of which greatly depended on the codebreakers.

The onsite learning programme will be supported by McAfee's Online Safety for Kids programme, which will see McAfee staff volunteer to teach safety courses and provide schools, children, and parents with helpful tips and information on safely navigating cyberspace.

"The codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War Two battled against the very real threat of invasion" said Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust.

"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."

As part of the scheme, McAfee is creating the new post of Online Safety Education Officer, who will be based at Bletchley Park and provide e-learning strategies, advice and training. Applications for the job are open now.

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