McAfee announces Bletchley Park partnership

October 24, 2013 // 10:36 a.m.

Tags: #bletchley #bletchley-park #bletchley-park-trust #cyber-security #education #history #intel #john-scarlett #mcafee #museum #security

Digital security specialist McAfee - the Intel subsidiary, not its somewhat colourful eponymous founder - has announced a partnership with the Bletchley Park Trust to help with preservation and restoration of the historical site.

Home to the National Museum of Computing as well as its own historical exhibits relating to the site's use as a code-breaking centre during World War Two, Bletchley Park is currently working to restore one of its historical blocks and turn it into a modern visitor centre. Doing so requires cash, naturally, and that's in short supply - but McAfee has stepped forward to announce it's pitching in.

The company, which was acquired by Intel in 2010, has agreed a five-year partnership with the charitable Bletchley Park Trust which will see McAfee sponsor an international Cyber Security Exhibition as well as fund a Computer Learning Zone located in the soon-to-be-refurbished Block C of the site. Workshops to teach visitors about digital security, for adults and children alike, are to be run at the Learning Zone, as well as tying in to the story of the Bletchley park Codebreakers themselves.

The learning materials are to be supported by McAfee's Online Safety for Kids programme, with company staff volunteering to teach safety courses for schools, children and parents, as well as providing an Online Safety Education Officer who will offer learning strategies, advice and training for educators. That role, interestingly, has yet to be filled, with the Trust advertising the post with a salary of £25,000-£30,000.

'The Codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War Two battled against the very real threat of invasion,' said Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE, Bletchley Park Trust chair, at the announcement. 'Today, when we live so much of our lives online, it is vital to understand how best to remain safe in the digital world. Our strategic partnership with McAfee is a fitting tribute to the pioneering men and women who helped to shorten World War Two.'

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