MCAFEE LAUNCHES CYBER SECURITY EXHIBITION AND COMPUTER LEARNING ZONE AT BLETCHLEY PARK
Interactive Exhibition and Online Safety Programme Now Open to the Public at the Birthplace of Modern Computing
Posted: Jun. 30, 2014
McAfee, part of Intel Security, today announces the official opening of its international Cyber Security Exhibition and Computer Learning Zone at Bletchley Park, as part of its five-year collaborative partnership with the home of the World War Two Codebreakers.
The partnership – the largest in McAfee's history outside the US – brings together two organisations highly committed to keeping people of all ages safe online. 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 breath-taking achievements of the World War Two Codebreakers remain relevant today.
The renovations taken place in Block C, an area of Bletchley Park which has sat derelict for decades, have helped to preserve the unique heritage site as well as establish a centre for educational excellence serving visitors for many years to come.
The onsite learning will be supported by McAfee's Online Safety for Kids programme, which currently sees McAfee staff volunteer to teach safety courses and provide schools, children, and parents with helpful tips and information on safely navigating cyberspace. In addition, McAfee is sponsoring an Online Safety Education Officer, who will deliver McAfee's Online Safety for Kids programme to schools that attend Bletchley Park alongside providing e-learning strategies, advice and training.
With the new developments, Bletchley Park aims to attract 250,000 visitors a year and provide school visit facilities for more than 16,000 pupils each year.
"McAfee is incredibly proud to be working alongside such a vital part of British and world history," said Ross Allen, vice president of UK & Ireland at McAfee, part of Intel Security. "McAfee works tirelessly to protect against ever-increasing online threats and working with Bletchley Park Trust allows us to make a real impact on the cyber security education of visitors young and old."
Iain Standen, CEO at Bletchley Park Trust said of the partnership: "The work undertaken at Bletchley Park made a real difference and helped to change the course of history. With McAfee's help, we hope to inspire the next generation of potential Codebreakers and cyber security experts to keep us safe in the digital world."
"McAfee's primary threat analysis centre for Europe, the Middle East and Africa is located nearby in Aylesbury," said Paul Gartside, UK vice president of product development at McAfee, part of Intel Security. "The partnership with Bletchley Park now benefits from the sharing of technology, equipment and intelligence by people at the leading edge of modern day threats."
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About Bletchley Park and The Bletchley Park Trust
- 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.