Bletchley Park, the location at which Alan Turing famously cracked the German Enigma code, is set to be turned into a school to train teenage hackers. Called the College of National Security, the plan sounds suspiciously like someone was reading too many X-men comics.
The school plans to house some 500 students aged between 16- and 19-years old at Bletchley Park, and gear their education towards cybersecurity and technology. These students will be selected based on their talent for problem solving and logic; although it hasn’t fully outlined the plan just yet.
Qufaro, a non-profit organisation created by a consortium of cybersecurity experts for the purposes of education, is leading the creation of the CNS; and is currently looking for ways to fund the facility. It is in the process of applying for state funding, but failing that it plans to rely on money from corporate sponsorship and other Qufaro programmes.
Using Bletchley Park is not exactly necessary for the success of the school, but there’s some amount of romanticism that goes into this as well. The compound was where the Allied forces housed their top cryptography experts to crack Nazi encryption and win the war. The location has remained unused for decades, with the only active portion being a museum dedicated to the efforts made during World War 2.
[Source: The Guardian]