Colossus veteran salutes Bletchley Park's first cyber-security graduates
Some of the first students to complete Qufaro's cyber-security course were presented with their certificates by a 94-year-old Colossus code-breaking veteran. The online course is a step towards setting up a cyber-security college at Bletchley Park.
Bletchley Park, home of the UK's war-time code-breaking efforts, has awarded CyberEPQs to the first 60 students to complete its online cyber-security course. The CyberEPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is equivalent to the AS-level certificate awarded in UK schools, and is certified by City & Guilds. It counts for UCAS credits in university applications.
Irene Dixon, one of the first operators of the Colossus Mk I, presented 10 students with their certificates at Bletchley Park in front of the National Museum of Computing's Colossus rebuild.
The online course is a step towards the creation of a National College of Cyber Security at Bletchley Park. This project is backed by Qufaro, a non-profit body created by people from Cyber Security Challenge UK, the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), the Institute of Information Security Professionals, BT Security and Raytheon.
Tim Reynolds, a co-founder and board member of Qufaro, said in a press statement: "This is the start of a hugely important initiative that will seek out talent throughout the country so that society can be protected from the growing cyber threats that we all see too clearly in our daily lives. We are progressing our plans for a National College of Cyber Security on historic Bletchley Park and welcome those across industry who wish to play their part."
The first course - delivered via Moodle - included security vulnerability testing, intrusion detection, digital forensics, security architecture, business resilience and security compliance. The next one has new modules covering cryptography and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The course also requires a final written essay and a presentation.