BLETCHLEY PARK APPOINTS MCAFEE ONLINE EDUCATION OFFICER
Role to drive 'education for all' in the face of cybercrime
Posted: Jun. 30, 2014
Bletchley Park Trust, the centre of Codebreaking in World War II and birthplace of modern computing, has hired its first Online Education Officer to deliver a learning programme in online safety. The role has been awarded to Nicola Halls, an ex-teacher and graduate in neuroscience with a passion for education and online safety.
The position, sponsored by McAfee as part of a five-year partnership (announced in October 2013), is just one element of the close relationship between the security company and the Trust. This summer will see the launch of the new learning zone as well as a Cybersecurity Exhibition at Bletchley Park.
Nicola's main responsibility, as the new Online Safety Officer, will be to deliver and evolve the McAfee Online Safety for Kids programme. She will also be involved with the Bletchley Park education department to support schools' visits to the new Cybersecurity Exhibition and be responsible for delivering wider eLearning opportunities to all ages of visitors.
On her appointment, Halls stated: "I am excited to start work with McAfee and Bletchley Park and I am looking forward to helping people of all ages find the way their way through the complex environment that is life online."
Graeme Stewart, director of UK Public Sector Strategy at McAfee said: "We're immensely proud to be working with the Bletchley Park Trust, and see this appointment as a huge step towards helping to educate the full generational spectrum of visitors to the Trust. Education around the cyber threat is imperative if we are to stay one step ahead of the cybercriminals, and with Nicola on board we're ready to enlighten as many people as possible with the eLearning programme."
The role of Online Education Officer will also entail:
- Training new volunteers in delivering the McAfee Online Safety for Kids programme
- Managing the development of online learning resources related to the Bletchley Park education programme
- Evaluating and confirming learning objectives through ongoing needs assessments
McAfee, part of Intel Security and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), empowers businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. The company delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With its visionary Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique global threat intelligence network, McAfee is relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com.
About Bletchley Park
- Bletchley Park is the Home of the Codebreakers - where during World War Two top secret codebreaking work was carried out on behalf of the Allies. It is said that the work carried out at Bletchley Park helped shorten the war by as much as two years.
- The Bletchley Park Trust was formed in 1992 to save the historic site from being lost to development. Bletchley Park has since opened to the public as a heritage site and museum. The present mission of the Trust is to preserve and develop Bletchley Park as a world-class museum, heritage site and education centre in order to enhance the understanding of the critical contribution of codebreaking and intelligence in World War II, the birth of computing and electronic security, and how these unique achievements remain relevant today.
- Bletchley Park is open daily except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Details of the exhibitions, operating hours and events at Bletchley Park are available at www.bletchleypark.org.uk, together with details of admissions charges.
- Bletchley Park Trust has initiated a major project to preserve the historic buildings on the site, to develop a world-class museum on codebreaking and the development of computers. Further investment is needed to bring these plans to fruition.