SEARCHING FOR A 'NEXT-GENERATION' SUPERHERO

Posted: Mar. 27, 2014

Raj Samani, EMEA CTO at McAfee

Last October, McAfee announced a five-year partnership with Bletchley Park Trust, the home of the World War II Codebreakers, further highlighting its commitment to educating the public – young and old – around the threat of cybercrime.

I'm hugely passionate about this partnership. Not only are we bringing together two organisations highly committed to keeping people of all ages safe online, we're also providing a platform of awareness and education for this to take place.

We'll be launching a collaborative exhibition around the history of the cyber threat, from the heroics of the Codebreakers, through to modern day defence of national infrastructure. The partnership will also see the launch of a Computer Learning Zone and onsite workshops designed to educate visitors on the practical steps they can follow to keep themselves and their families safe online – taking lessons from the past to help inform the future.

This week we've taken another big step towards the unveiling of the exhibition by launching a nation-wide competition for kids – asking children aged 8-11 to create their version of a 'next-generation' superhero to represent the McAfee-Bletchley partnership. The child who creates the winning mascot will be awarded a visit to Bletchley Park for their entire school class, as well as having their design brought to life on McAfee's website.

As a parent myself, I know that engaging children around online safety is crucial to ensuring an accurate understanding of the threat landscape, and how to behave appropriately online. We hope this competition will not only be fun for children, but also help them understand and appreciate the dangers that lurk online.

The work undertaken at Bletchley Park made a difference and changed history, and with McAfee's help, will continue to do so for many years to come – inspiring the next generation and preserving the future of codebreaking and cyber security expertise.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the designs come in, and am also incredibly excited about the opening of the McAfee exhibition and onsite workshops this summer.

For more information about McAfee's partnership with Bletchley Park Trust, the kids competition, how to enter, and the terms & conditions, please see here.