Cyber Essentails

Bletchley Park

Professor John Ferris of the University of Calgary has written a book about Bletchley’s role during the second world war (WW2). In his book he says that Bletchley was not the war winner we have all come to know and love.

He does say it was important to the war effort, but that our intelligence services were not as clued up as perhaps the Germans were at the beginning of the war. We did however catch up and in some areas surpassed them.

Personally, I see Bletchley as something more, it brought together people like Tutte, Flowers and Turing who sowed the seeds of modern day computing.

While ENIAC was the first publicly accepted computer, Bletchley had been running its secret predecessor Collussus, had been built, used and destroyed to keep it’s secrets.

If it was not for the popularised history of Bletchley, many films and documentaries would never have been made. If it wasn’t for people like Tony Sale, Bletchley would have remained hidden from the world and America would have invented the modern computer.

Ferris’s book Behind the Enigma is out shortly and will be an interesting read.

It is more about our intellegence services and their history and the effects of modern technologies, methos and the effects of people like Edward Snowdon.

Sir Roger Penrose wins Nobel Prize

The Institution would like to congratulate Sir Roger Penrose on his Nobel Prize for Physics and his work on Black Holes.

Sir Roger is well known to the Institution and back in 2001 he did a presentation to the IAP Symposium at Trinity House near Tower Hill.

A mentor of Stephen Hawking, Sir Rogers work on black holes is shared with Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez. He is a mathematical physicist from the University of Oxford, and demonstrated that black holes were an inevitable consequence of Albert’s Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Computing is essential to the modern day modelling that scientists use to simulate the theories they have. It has driven a huge drive in the development of super computers and AI is now being developed to take things further.

It is great to British scientists being leading figures in thier fields.

UK Cyber Security Council recruiting for two business analysts

One of the Institutions partners the Chartered Institute of Information Security is recruiting for two Business Analysts for the UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project. The project is a Government initiative, funded through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), being delivered by the Cyber Security Alliance, of which the IAP and CIISec are members, under the leadership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Find a role description with main duties and responsibilities here

If you are interested in applying please send your CV and a covering letter to

Please note that the closing date is Thursday 17th September.