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Alan Turing's Cyber-Legacy Praised By Gchq Chief

Turing memorial, Bletchley Park

The Alan Turing memorial at Bletchley Park, site of Turings codebreaking accomplishments during World War II.

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GCHQ director Iain Lobban recently gave a speech noting the many enduring lessons that could be drawn from Alan Turing's work. Lobban says there are "many parallels between the way we work now and the way we worked then," and he notes Turing was a key player in the changes that took place at the United Kingdom's intelligence agency. Lobban says Turing helped make possible the "highly technological intelligence organization that GCHQ is today."

He also says Turing was part of a code-breaking effort, based at Bletchley Park, that marked a shift into a mindset that technology could be used as a weapon against technology. "Today, securing cyberspace ... requires the collaboration of experts as diverse both personally and intellectually as any we saw at Bletchley Park," Lobban says. "We must inspire school children to study maths and science--we must find tomorrow's Turings."

From BBC News 
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