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Cyber security college to open at Bletchley Park

Cyber security college to open at Bletchley Park

The College of National Security, a first for the United Kingdom, is scheduled to open in 2018 in specially adapted premises on the Bletchley Park site, alongside the existing museum.

The aim of the organisation is help deliver the workforce necessary to protect British citizens and organisations against the growing threat of hacking and cyberattacks - and the increasingly sophisticated actors behind them - which cost the United Kingdom hundreds of millions, if not billions, of pounds a year. The gaps make it hard for rising cyber stars to chart an unbroken learning pathway from early-stage interest to qualification, employment and professional development.

There will be no fees for the future codebreakers, who would be taught maths, computing, physics and of course, coding by professionals in the cyber security industry.

The project will involve a £5 million restoration of Bletchley Park's G-Block, which was built in 1943.

It's hoped that the facility will become a centrepiece for teaching cybersecurity in the United Kingdom, with organisations across the country invited to take part in training events at the site in order to bolster defences against cyberattacks.

Reid, who chairs the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London, said cyber activity "now reaches into every aspect of our lives, as individuals and as a nation".

Qufaro plans to invigorate the security industry in other ways.

The free-to-attend school will take on the UK's best and brightest cyber security prodigies.

Margaret Sale, founding member of the National Museum of Computing, said the proposal would act as a "major active contributor to our national security". "I am keen to see what the next cadre will achieve", she said.

The first batch of students, aged between 16 and 19, are set to turn up and start sticking gum on the underside of desks in 2018 and already have their places allocated.

Qufaro is concerned at a lack of co-ordination in the training of cyber security experts, leading to a cyber skills gap.

"As a country we don't know a large amount about our cyber security talent", the spokeswoman explained.

At the same time as delivering its education programme, QUFARO will nurture new British cyber businesses with the launch of a £50m cyber innovation investment fund next year.

Cybercrime has rapidly become one of the biggest threats to national security, with the intelligence agency GCHQ opening a cyber security centre last month.