Bletchley Park codebreaking site announces five-year McAfee sponsorship

Security software firm will provide volunteers to teach cyber safety courses

World War Two codebreaking site Bletchley Park has announced a five-year collaborative partnership with security software firm McAfee.

After its full restoration is complete Bletchley Park aims to attract 250,000 visitors a year and provide school visit facilities for more than 16,000 pupils each year.

The McAfee partnership will see the firm sponsor an international cyber security exhibition and computer learning zone, which will be located in a block of Bletchley Park which has sat derelict for decades and which will re-open as a new visitor centre after restoration.

Workshops will be run at the computer learning zone to educate visitors about the ever-evolving cyber threat. Children and adults will learn how the achievements of the World War Two codebreakers remain relevant today.

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.

In addition, McAfee is sponsoring an Online Safety Education Officer, who will provide e-learning strategies, advice and training.

Gert-Jan Schenk, president for EMEA at McAfee, said: "Working with Bletchley Park allows us to make a real impact on the cyber security education of children. Helping to keep the next generation safe was a key driver for partnering with The Bletchley Park Trust."

Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park Trust, said: "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 the EMEA region is located nearby in Aylesbury, which the learning zone will be partnered with.

The value of the McAfee sponsorship has not been disclosed. A number of other technology providers sponsor Bletchley, including Microsoft and Google.

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