November 24, 2016
Bletchley Park, the home of the Enigma codebreakers, is to become the home of UK’s first National College of Cyber Security.
During the Second World War, Alan Turing and his team of computer scientists broke the system used by the Nazis in what many believed to be the single biggest contribution to Allied victory.
And now, some of the brightest teenagers in the country will be given the chance to follow in their footsteps.
The college – which is being created by a new cyber security body called Qufaro, will open in 2018 once a £5m restoration of buildings on the Bletchley Park site is complete.
Alastair MacWilson, chair of Qufaro and the Institute of Information Security Professionals, said: “Our cyber education and innovation landscape is complex, disconnected and incomplete putting us at risk of losing a whole generation of critical talent.
“For those interested in forging a career in cyber, the current pathway is filled with excellent but disparate initiatives – each playing a vital role without offering a truly unified ecosystem of learning and support.
“By connecting what already exists and filling the gaps, Qufaro will make it easier for budding professionals to grow their cyber security skills at every stage of their journey, and contribute more to the sector as a result.”