Ukraine acknowledges efforts of Scottish cybersecurity firm

Trustify secures “under siege” domains of government and 60 agencies

Posted 25 October 2022 by Christine Horton

A senior Ukrainian government minister has thanked the boss of a Scottish cybersecurity firm for its services during the war with Russia. 

Edinburgh-based Trustify has encrypted all the web domains linked to the Ukrainian government and 60 of its agencies, while the number of attacks on web assets has rocketed by 300 percent since the onset of the war.

Trustify founder Alistair Murray (pictured) received an official letter from Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Oleksii Vyskub outlining the role it has played.

It stated: “Your generous support in providing SSL certificates for Ukrainian State domains is highly valued by us especially taking into account the ongoing full-scale war of the russian (sic) federation against Ukraine.

“I truly believe that your support to Ukraine in protection of our Governmental websites and online citizen services from attacks is an important contribution to our future victory over russia (sic), the victory of people of good will over evil.

“We have been dealing with Trustify since 2019 and greatly value your input and support in keeping Ukraine safe from data breach.” 

“When we started working with the government in Kyiv we did not think war of this nature would be taking place right now,” said Murray.

“When cybersecurity works, nothing happens and while we are delighted with the outcome, there is little by way of celebration or noise.

“To get such a vocal recognition from a senior politician of a country at war is a big moment. It’s something that has really energised our teams of coders and technical experts, who are so often the unsung heroes. 

“For us to be playing a small part in the efforts to counter such a vicious, sustained attack and support Ukrainians at this time is a real privilege for us.”

Over the last seven years Trustify has developed cybersecurity products and services that protects clients from online phishing scams, ransomware and data breaches. It works with banks, enterprises and public sector bodies, with clients including Mastercard, Cognizant, Fujitsuand government departments in Scotland, UK and the Middle East.

It says it is launching a suite of products in the coming weeks that will enable organisations of all sizes to access straightforward and top-level protection across their operations.