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November 24, 2016

Bletchley Park to host new code breakers at UK’s first cyber security college

The college, which will operate as a boarding school, is planned to be opened in 2018.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK’s first National College of Cyber Security is set to be opened at Bletchley Park, the home of Second World War codebreakers.

The college, which will operate as a boarding school, is planned to be opened in 2018 after completion of a £5m restoration of buildings on the Bletchley Park site.

It will target 16- to 19-year-olds with cyber security courses which will include lessons in maths, computer science and physics.

The plans were unveiled by a new cyber security body called QUFARO@Bletchley Park, which includes experts from the National Museum of Computing and BT Security.

Alastair MacWilson, chair of Qufaro and the Institute of Information Security Professionals, said: “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.”

Alan Turing Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park.

Alan Turing Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park.

In order to target those who are interested in a career change, a new range of online courses are also planned.

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Located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, Bletchley Park was the central site for UK’s codebreakers during World War II.

English computer scientist Alan Turing and his team use the site to unravel the Enigma coding used by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Earlier this month, the UK Government launched a new cyber academy to train students with the skills required to combat cyber-attacks.

The programme will see students take a 10-week course to give them the tools required to work in the industry.

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