UK CODEBREAKING INSTITUTION Bletchley Park has signed a five year deal with security firm McAfee to provide cyber security workshops for kids so they can be safer online.
The workshops will be part of an "International Cyber Security Exhibition" and computer learning zone provided along with a security education officer, which will all be sponsored by McAfee to help teach kids about the dangers of cyber threats.
The deal is part of an ongoing restoration at Bletchley Park, the first phase of which will open in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014. A Cyber Security Exhibition in the Computer Learning Zone will be located in a block of Bletchley Park that has sat derelict for decades and will reopen as a new Visitor Centre after restoration.
"Workshops will be run at the new Computer Learning Zone to engage, inspire and educate visitors about the ever-evolving cyber threats," McAfee said.
"The onsite learning 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 exhibition will be joined by an Online Safety Education Officer, who will also provide advice and training about online security.
Bletchley Park Trust CEO Iain Standen said he hopes the deal will inspire the next generation of potential Codebreakers and cyber security experts to "keep us safe in the digital world".
Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE added, "The Codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War Two battled against the very real threat of invasion. Today, when we live so much of our lives online, it is vital to understand how best to remain safe in the digital world."
Bletchley Park is still undergoing a full restoration. It is not being remade as some sort of Disney World for people that care about cryptography, but will be sensitively restored to show what work went on there during the war, and why we should never forget that.
When the facelift is complete, it aims to attract 250,000 visitors a year and provide school visit facilities for more than 16,000 pupils each year. In the past year Bletchley Park has had a couple of cash injections, including £4.6m from the Lottery fund and £500,000 from Google. µ
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